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    We could spend hours discussing cultural issues between Dominicans and other nationalities, but let's start with time. My internet went off yesterday and after an hour I called the internet man. He said electricity was off where the internet is based and he was on his way there to switch to inverter. He said he would be there in un ratico/ or un ratito. So what are the times for these different terms?

    ahora - maybe an hour, but less quickly than ahora mismo?
    de una vez - faster than ahora mismo? Or the same?
    ahorita - never
    un rato - couple of hours?
    un ratico/ratito - less than a couple of hours?
    despues - never

    I have worked out with my Dominican husband that 5 minutes is 30, 20 minutes is 2 hours and an hour is tomorrow.

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    umm... why no men, por favor?

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    my bad, didn't see the title of the thread. perdoname

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROLLOUT View Post
    umm... why no men, por favor?
    Women only forum


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    Quote Originally Posted by ROLLOUT View Post
    my bad, didn't see the title of the thread. perdoname
    Tu estas perdonado adios


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    My biggest was "si voy". Me: Are you going to go pick that up at the store for me? Reply: Si voy. But when?? now, 2 hours from now, tomorrow, when? If I said "come here I need you for a minute" answer would be "si voy". 30 minutes later I am still waiting.

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    Not sure where si voy goes in the list lol. But 30 minutes is pretty good really. What gets me is when will you come home and answer is ahorita and that can be a week! But I love when he speaks english and mas tarde is more afternoon. When will you come home - more afternoon lol.


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    I always get that answer..ahorita..lol. If he answers ahorita then I pretty much know it is not anytime soon. Ahora mismo probably is 1 to 2 hours. His family is the same way.

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    Am I the only woman married to a Dominican who is always either on time or early? He fumes when his brother is late or a no-show. Maybe I married him young enough to train him well, haha! Seriously though, he's always been that way.




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    He fumes when people are late but doesn't stop him being ahorita lol.


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