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Nicaraguan Spanish

Nicaragua is a Central American country with a multi-ethnic nature, due to the legacies of various cultures including the Toltec, Maya and Aztec. The official language is Spanish, although given the British colonization of the Atlantic coast, English is quite common alongside the native languages.   • Chorotegas • Maribios • Nicaraos (or Náhuatl, from […]

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Puerto Rican Spanish

The Spanish spoken in Puerto Rico shares linguistic features with other West Indian islands and the continental Caribbean, but it has its own characteristics. Undoubtedly, Puerto Rico’s history is a determining factor of the Spanish spoken there today. The influence of the indigenous language spoken in Borinquen (as Puerto Ricans call their nation) on the […]

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Panamanian Spanish

Due to Panama’s geographic position, many diverse linguistic influences have to varying degrees combined to for what is now known as “Panamanian Spanish”. Although the official and most used language in Panama is Spanish, it coexists with 19 other languages, such as the indigenous Bugle, Ngäbere, Embera, Wounaan, Kuna, Naso Tjerdi and Bribri (recently recognized […]

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Costa Rican Spanish

As we have been showing in the various articles about each of the Spanish-speaking countries in America, and Central America is also proud of its diverse Spanish. We insist that all Spanish speakers can understand each other, but it is noteworthy that every nation and every region can have its own characteristics. This is precisely […]

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Venezuelan Spanish

This variety of Caribbean Spanish, with numerous similarities to the Spanish of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, came to the land of the hallaca (or “hayaca”, which is also accepted by the Royal Spanish Academy), with origins in African and indigenous languages, at the hands of the Spanish conquerors (mostly from Andalucía and […]

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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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