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    Spanish is a language with a lot of diversity. However, it is interesting to read about the thoughts and observations of speakers who visit Spanish-speaking countries and subsequently are surprised by the differences in vocabulary, expressions and grammar usage from country to country.

    While browsing the web, I have come across many blogs about Spanish spoken in different countries and I find it interesting to read about people’s experiences and observations from a linguistic perspective.

    In this blog, it is a Spaniard’s observations about Spanish spoken in Panama. After reading it her summary is accurate about the words used and their origin. I recognize her examples and I also like to compare them to other Spanish-speaking countries. She gave the equivalent of what is used in Spain. That was interesting for me since I was unfamiliar with the words she mentioned. Good to know.

    I have come across good observations that bloggers wrote about Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican Spanish which were a delight to read. If I find more good ones I will add them here but for now que viva Panama.


    Some of the examples given:

    Compare:

    Policía muerto vs Policía acostado (acostao)
    Tranque vs tapón
    Bochinche (same meaning in the Caribbean)
    Abarrotaría vs colmado

    There are many examples that you can compare to DR, Cuba and PR.


    Blog link:

    https://martaspanishclass.com/el-espanol-de-panama/


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    Here is a blog/magazine about Cuban Spanish. It is brief but well written. It gives interesting facts about Spanish spoken in Cuba and some of the regional differences. As well, it has examples of words, phrases and expressions that are ultra Cuban meaning that you will hear only in Cuba or when Cubans speak in general. Some were recognizable others I think you need to live in Cuba especially slang. New words surface all the time.


    The linguistic aspect is so interesting. I will come back and add a few words to my post from the blog. In the meantime here is the link. An enjoyable read.


    https://www.barcelo.com/pinandtravel...onario-cubano/


    The DR is up next.


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    Here a few typical words and expressions from the blog:

    Asere
    Qué bolá
    Chamaco
    Amanecer con el moño virado
    Tirar un cabo

    Cuban Spanish is very rich in vocabulary and expressions. Whether you are in Cuba or talking to Cubans living elsewhere that is one aspect you will notice. Some words and expressions are typically Cuban and others are popular in Caribbean Spanish.

    Other common words that come to mind are:

    Fula = money (US dollar)
    La Yuma= USA
    Estar en la fuácata=to be broke



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    Here are some blogs about Spanish in the DR to start. I am still looking for some that compare to what I posted for Panama and Cuba.


    http://misterprofesor.blogspot.com/2...ominicano.html


    This website is good for all things Spanish and it has a nice write up about the DR.


    https://www.thoughtco.com/dominican-...-facts-3079018


    Certain words and phrases are typical of DR Spanish. When you think about Spanish spoken in the DR what words, expressions and speech patterns come to mind? The blog discusses these aspects.


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    This is a well-written and well-researched summary about Spanish in general and the variations across the Spanish-speaking world.




    https://www.infoplease.com/why-spani...e-so-different



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    Here is a good commentary on Spanish in the DR written by a Dominican posted in Prensa Política which is still quite a recent article.




    https://prensapolitica.com.do/cultur...ica-dominicana


    Topics in the article:

    1) three linguistic zones in DR

    2) vocabulary- origin of words

    3) the continuous changes in the Dominican vernacular



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    Thanks for sharing these links. I'm writing an article about Cuban food and food names at this very moment.

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    You are welcome.


    That sounds like fun.

    If you want to share some of the names of the food please go ahead.

    The names of food give insight to its origin and it is interesting to compare the names of the same food across the Spanish Caribbean.


    Arroz moro - a staple for me or aka Arroz congrí. Very good!

    Pollo asado- muy rico

    Fufú de plátano- aka plátano majado - I never was a fan of plátano. The equivalent of Dominican Mangú but a lot of people like it.

    Ropa vieja- shredded beef. A common Cuban dish

    Frijoles negros a la cubana- very common



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    I finally found a blog on el cibaeño. Clearly the blogger did the required research and his commentary/ opinion is valuable as a result (but please pardon his writing though...).



    The linguistic info is very informative. If you are curious about el cibaeño and can read Spanish it’s worth the read.

    http://kandongo.blogspot.com/2013/03...ablan-mal.html



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    Quote Originally Posted by Marianopolita View Post
    You are welcome.


    That sounds like fun.

    If you want to share some of the names of the food please go ahead.
    Thanks, I'll post a link when it's up. The gist of it is that DR and Cuba have a lot of foods in common, but many of the names we use are different.

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