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    Default Helpful words and phrases when traveling to the Dominican Republic

    or other Spanish speaking countries.

    I'm putting these threads in one package so they will be easy to find and adding to the "subject covered" thread

    At the airport

    At the hotel

    At the beach

    More will be added as we go.

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    Default More very useful phrases to help avoid getting ripped

    I just hosted 7 friends of mine from the US who spoke little to no Spanish, I realized with just the use of a few phrases you can sound like a much more savvy buyer in the street.


    In the Dominican, dont say "hola" for "hi"...say "saludo" to sound more local...

    To ask "how much?" dont say the textbook..."Cuanto cuesta?" instead say ...

    "A como está?" to sound like you have more experience locally...


    Taxis are the worst!:

    try saying when you want to ask how much...."Oye, cuanto me cobra para....(insert place here)?" to sound the most locally savvy...

    remember when dealing with taxis to always ask the price before you get in!

    hope that helps, paz

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    Quote Originally Posted by gringodom View Post
    I just hosted 7 friends of mine from the US who spoke little to no Spanish, I realized with just the use of a few phrases you can sound like a much more savvy buyer in the street.


    In the Dominican, dont say "hola" for "hi"...say "saludo" to sound more local...

    To ask "how much?" dont say the textbook..."Cuanto cuesta?" instead say ...

    "A como está?" to sound like you have more experience locally...


    Taxis are the worst!:

    try saying when you want to ask how much...."Oye, cuanto me cobra para....(insert place here)?" to sound the most locally savvy...

    remember when dealing with taxis to always ask the price before you get in!

    hope that helps, paz
    Y a la chica?

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    Very nice Anna good job

    gringodom I like the tips for speaking with local lingo, I will have to try speaking more locally next time

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    Quote Originally Posted by gringodom View Post

    In the Dominican, dont say "hola" for "hi"...say "saludo" to sound more local...
    No offense, but the correct term is the Dominican Republic.

    Quote Originally Posted by gringodom View Post

    To ask "how much?" dont say the textbook..."Cuanto cuesta?" instead say ...

    "A como está?" to sound like you have more experience locally...
    It is actually "a como es" or "a como son", not to worry as they will understand that being gringos they expect you to "machucarlo el Español".

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    wow, I must be a gringo too what does machucarlo mean?
    Biggs

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    google says bruise ,but it looks like mash ...so I will guess at mash it up

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    You know you can't for the local favorite..."Que lo Que?" Used as a common greeting for What's up!!!

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    Instead of the textbook "Cómo está usted"? Say "Qué hubo?

    Always say "Gracias, señor/señorita" ( you compliment the female by calling her "miss" eventhough she has 5 kids!!)

    In bargaining: "Cuánto vale esto/a?" (their answer) And then you go "MMMmmm", like a bull with your lips pursed...helps to bring down the price.

    Just a few tips...from the Curmudgeon...And remember to SMILE!! never yell just because they don't understand you. Speak slowly and you'll be surprised!

    HB

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    How are you = como estas? /in dominican "como tu ta?"

    Where are you? = donde estas? /in dominican "donde tu ta?"

    Wait a minute = Esperame un minuto in dominican /" 'pera un chin"

    OH my God! = Oh Dios Mio/ in dominican "ay dio!!!'"

    I don't think so = No lo creo/in dominican "p'ro tu ta' loco?"

    I'm on the same page as you = Estamos de acuerdo/in Dominican "ok.... ya tu sabe'"

    Please repeat yourself? = como dijo? in Dominican: "ehhh?"

    Okay = bueno/de acuerod in Dominica "taaaaaaa bien" (dipping the a really low)

    (That was tongue in cheek)
    Last edited by colombianLisa; 01-13-2011 at 03:44 PM.

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