An hour and a half in Dominican is English for...

explorer1

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The title says it all.

When a Dominican says "an hour and a half", in English, what does that mean in the true true English?

Because I got a call from the DR yesterday, and the lady said she would call me back in about and hour and a half.
That was more than a day ago? Cultural dissonance?
 

dv8

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it's that those stupid gringos always require more details. "i will call you back" is not good enough for them. so distrustful, eh?

i actually do the same, if pressed. "i will call you back at 5 pm". and then i delete their number from the phone and never speak to them again. it's a great way to avoid problems, you see? no talking, no problemo.
 

Rattus_Rattus

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When the sellers call and i answer, they suddently disconnect instead for answering all these stupid Gringo questions regarding Quality of product, garantia, and other frustrating questions a dominican never would have asked.

They usually only ask for a better price, and if they can pay 30 pesos in 72 terms. And ofcource if the color of the product matches the shoes and ear rings.
 

dv8

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When the sellers call and i answer, they suddently disconnect instead for answering all these stupid Gringo questions regarding Quality of product, garantia, and other frustrating questions a dominican never would have asked.
you are truly evil. isn't "funciona si dios quiere" good enough for you? well? what more could you ask for???!!!
 

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I dunno, but there is a girl waiting for me in Spankys bar, I told her I'd be back in an hour, that was 1995 Works both ways!
I wouldn't wait in for the call.
 

jabejuventus

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Hora y media no es lo mismo que media hora, ni se escribe igual (an hour and a half is not the same as a half an hour, nor is it written the same way). And so, always get written confirmation (email) whenever possible.
 

granca

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An answer to anything from anybody by email I find virtually impossible. They all want to prattle on in machine gun Dominican, totally incomprehensible. Do they think that as around 50% of the population can?t read that should include them?
 

LTSteve

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The title says it all.

When a Dominican says "an hour and a half", in English, what does that mean in the true true English?

Because I got a call from the DR yesterday, and the lady said she would call me back in about and hour and a half.
That was more than a day ago? Cultural dissonance?
Please don't say manana if you don't mean it, mean it. I have heard that line so many times!!!!!!! Dominican's sense of time is unlike ours from NA. You have to adjust your brain and not your clock.
LTSteve
 

jrhartley

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someone was coming to collect coconuts from my tree in half an hour.......he arrived a month later
 

the gorgon

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it is a strange place. ever call the SS administration section of the US in the DR? you get an answering machine which tells you to call the same number you just did if you wish to speak to somebody.
 

grumpy

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En una hora = ahorita = I'll call you when I stop procrastinating (given that even though they practice it to perfection, don't know the meaning of the word so it's just normal).

PS They never stop procrastinating.