How is Puerto Rican Spanish different?

How is Puerto Rican Spanish different?

Puerto Rico has developed a unique version of Spanish. The language was greatly influenced by Puerto Rico’s history. Puerto Ricans integrated thousands of Taíno words, adopted some pronunciation habits from African dialects, and incorporated English words or phrases (known as “Spanglish”) into the language.

What kind of Spanish do they speak in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rican Spanish (español puertorriqueño [espaˈɲol pweɾtoriˈkeɲo]) is the Spanish language as characteristically spoken in Puerto Rico and by millions of people of Puerto Rican descent living in the United States and elsewhere.

Should I learn Spanish before going to Puerto Rico?

Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory, it is not hard to find people who speak very good English. In fact, most tours are available in either Spanish or English. Nonetheless, the people of Puerto Rico continue to have strong ties to their Spanish heritage and many do prefer to speak in Spanish.

What’s up in Puerto Rican slang?

Acho/Chacho Just like most Spanish speaking countries, Puerto Ricans have a way of shortening words. So, if you are trying to say, “What’s up, dude?” you can say “¿Que tal, acho?” They are also used as fillers between thoughts and sentences when speaking. It’s similar to “well” in English.

How do you say hello in Puerto Rican?

Buenos días. This is more common and polite than “Hola”.

Do Puerto Ricans say Hola?

The first thing you will encounter on the island is Puerto Rico’s own version of Spanish. You will often be greeting not with a “hello” (hola), but with a shortened version of “good morning” or “good afternoon.” A simple buenos or even buenas is the most popular way to say hello in Puerto Rico.

What does Papi mean in Puerto Rican?

Papi is a colloquial term for “daddy” in Spanish, but in many Spanish-speaking cultures, particularly in the Caribbean, it is often used as a general term of affection for any man, whether it’s a relative, friend, or lover. The English “baby,” used as a term of endearment for spouses and children alike, is similar.