these are great but when in santiago and santo domingo the educated chicas say where did you learn to speak like that. one chica told me in english you speak ghetto spanish.
so, do i want to sound like an educated or an uneducated gringo ?
hola soy un artista dominicano vine a canada hace unos meses quiero reasel mi carrera aqui en toronto si ustedes conosen a argien que aga eventos o sea maneger mandemen un mail a .....
To me language has one purpose and that is to communicate. I also am appaled about the literacy level I see in writing here in the DR as well as when I was in Panama, but when I was helping learn English in Florida, not as a teacher per se,but as an employer I'd teach the future tense as Gonna and the past tense I taught them to say did and then the present tense form of the verb. And with that they could communicate better than they had been able to.
Just when i think i am making some headway in Espanol, the DR Spanish confuses me more. ahhhhhhhhhhh
Doesn't help that i speak to mostly Country people or Barrio Dominicans........
A few other ones I have found:
Estar guapo(a) - they teach that this means "handsome"in school. Here it is also used to mean "angry"
Dar una galleta - Galleta means cracker and cookie here. Dar una galleta means to punch or hit someone.
Refresco - I was taught that "gaseosa" means soda when I was in school. I think "refresco" is a better word to use
Vago(a) -means "broke" as in "I don't have any money"
You will notice that Dominicans often pronounce words that have an "ar" sound, especially at the end, with an "al" sound. So "comprar" is pronounced "compral." This has been my experience even when chatting online. They will often spell the word with an "al" instead of the "ar." This is not always - but it is quite noticeable.
Fun stuff:My other sister and I would torment her by saying,.."Ferrrrrrrrrro Carrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrril", over & over!!!!!!
For some people it's just not to be!
She is however, fluent in French!
Yoniqueca= Johnny Cake
Pica Pollo= fried chicken
Pollo carbon= broiled Chicken
Pica Longa = fried meat typically served with plantains
Tostones= fried plantains
Batida= fruit milkshake(lechosa= papaya)