I'll be taking a trip to the Dominican Republic in a few months, and I'm trying to prepare for the trip by installing the Google Translate App on my iPhone (I don't know how to speak Spanish very well). However, In the Settings > Voice Settings menu, there's an option for Spanish Input, with the following choices: Argentina, Latin America, Mexico, or Spain. By looking on Google Maps, it appears that the Dominican Republic isn't in any of these areas, so I am confused as to which form of Spanish to set my translator to. Does anybody know what form of the Spanish language that people commonly speak in the Dominican Republic?
Answer by DJ Scooby Doo · Aug 12, 2011 at 09:51 AM
First, I want to say Bienvenidos a la Republica Dominicana :) We speak Spanish but it is our own dialect of Spanish. Just like what @zman said, We speak Spanish with more slang than most so get used to the not formal Spanish like in Spain or in Mexico. Slang like: Como tu 'ta, Ven 'pa ca, tato, montro, etc. Best bet is to check off Latin American Spanish.
All of this coming from a Dominican who is in D.R. :)
Answer by zman · Aug 12, 2011 at 03:42 AM
I believe the Dominican Republic has it's own form of spanish and is in the Caribbean so Latin America(my mind jumped to that as the answer) would not apply, though it is probably the best of the given selections for the Dominican Republic as it is off the coast of Latin America. None of the other selections sound right. Also, I wouldn't trust Google Translate for spanish, i've read some of it's translations from english to someone that speaks spanish and it's hardly ever accurate.
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