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Paraguayan Spanish

The unique and distinct Spanish spoken in Paraguay today, along with Guarani, has a historical explanation. In Paraguay, the Spanish language brought by the conquerors did not replace the indigenous language of the area, Guarani. On the contrary, Spanish fed on Guarani and the two languages coexisted, resulting in a bilingual population. If we analyze […]

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Cuban Spanish

To understand Cuban Spanish today, we need to look at history. The island of Cuba, along with Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, were the first places the Spanish colonizers arrived in the Americas and from there they made expeditions to the continent. The island was occupied by indigenous Taino and Siboney and Guanahatabey people […]

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Peruvian Spanish

Peruvian Spanish has distinctive characteristics with the respect to the Spanish used in the rest of the continent. Let us examine these differences, then. Peruvian Spanish is the product of a mixture of Andean civilization, the Spanish cultural process, and African contributions. The most widely spoken language in Peru is Spanish (83.9% of the population). […]

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Dominican Spanish

When Columbus came to America, in 1492, his ships anchoredat what is now The Dominican Republic. The island, which he named Hispaniola, became the first European settlement in America, and Santo Domingo, the first Spanish capital in the New World. That is to say that it was also the first place where the Spanish language […]

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Colombian Spanish

Colombia is a country as big as the variety of its dialects, which have differences in semantics, syntax, morphology and intonation. The northern dialects share similarities with other Caribbean countries (http://www.spanish-translator-services.com/espanol/articulos/espanol-latinoamericano.htm), while those of the southern Andes have similarities with those of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian mountain regions. The origins of the dialects can be […]

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Uruguayan Spanish

We mentioned in other publications that, normally, the Spanish spoken in Argentina is called “rioplatense”, an adjective that takes it name from the areas adjacent to the River Plate. However, we also mentioned that this was a mistake, as the River Plate also forms part of Uruguayan territory. Therefore, when speaking of rioplatense Spanish one […]

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Association of Spanish Language Academies

As well as the Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española), there are distinct Spanish language academies in various countries, namely: Colombian Language Academy Ecuadorian Language Academy Mexican Language Academy El Salvadoran Language Academy Venezuelan Language Academy Chilean Language Academy Peruvian Language Academy Guatemalan Language Academy Costa Rican Language Academy Philippine Spanish Language Academy Panamanian Language […]

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Chilean Spanish

Chilean Spanish, the Chilean dialect or Chilean castellano has three major influences: the indigenous languages (the Mapuche language and the Quechua of the south), “rioplatense” Spanish and that of the European immigrants of the mid-1800s. The main differences between the Spanish spoken in Chile and other Latin American dialects basically lie in the pronunciation, syntax […]

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Ecuadorian Spanish

In Latin America, as in the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, there is a rich spectrum of Spanish variants. While all Spanish-speakers understand each other, each variant has its own peculiarities. There are many factors that can influence the type of Spanish: geographic zone, indigenous people, climate, and culture. For example, Latin American Spanish is […]

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