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    Default First time coming to the DR and SD

    I'm flying into SDQ on Tuesday at just after noon. This will be my first trip to the Dominican Republic. I lived abroad for several years in the Philippines and am not wanting to check out the DR.

    As I don't speak Spanish, I thought maybe, to pass the time, I would find a language institute and study Spanish every day. I figure I can find some place to eat every night without much problem.

    I would be most appreciative for any tips/advice you can give me. I will be staying until April 30.

    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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    Err I thought they speak Spanish in the Philippines and you do not want to check out the DR. Call me confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Err I thought they speak Spanish in the Philippines and you do not want to check out the DR. Call me confused.

    Matilda
    I have many Filipino friends and most speak Tagalog and English. All government functions are in English. The older educated Filipinos usually speak a form of Spanish as well. Schools are in English as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Err I thought they speak Spanish in the Philippines and you do not want to check out the DR. Call me confused.

    Matilda
    Sorry I mistyped that. It should have read "...and am wanting to check out the DR."

    I've never met any Filipinos who speak Spanish in person. There are a small subsect of Filipinos near Zamboanga City, in Mindanao, who speak a local dialect called 'Chevacano,' which is derived from, and very similar, to Spanish. Not a very large subgroup, however.
    Last edited by Hoosier; 04-07-2019 at 09:37 PM.

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    Tagalog has some Spanish words and lots of people have Spanish surnames but it is definitly another language.

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    Well I fly in about 9 hours. Thanks for everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Err I thought they speak Spanish in the Philippines and you do not want to check out the DR. Call me confused.

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    You will find some older folk, who were around pre-WWII, who still know Spanish; however, it is not common for the post-WWII generations. You will find Spanish words in the vocabulary, though.

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    Spanish influence on Tagalog is more obvious in writing than in speaking to me. I've noticed that the months of the year sound nearly the same, but I miss many Spanish words when I hear Tagalog spoken.

    OP-Enjoy your stay in the DR!
    Last edited by Auryn; 04-09-2019 at 02:04 AM.

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    I've been here since April 9. I'm having a fantastic time here in SD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    I've been here since April 9. I'm having a fantastic time here in SD.
    With your history, I was pretty sure you'd be able to take care of yourself here. I hope you continue to have a good time.

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