Dominican Republic

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The Spanish language became the official language of Hispaniola island once the first conquistadores arrived (Christopher Columbus) on October 12, 1492. Since then, local Taino words, African terms, North American cultural influence and a lot of events that shaped the island's life have produced a rich blend that still lives in the heart of most Dominicans nowadays, specially the ones in the countryside.

Local culture has produced new words, and that might amaze more than one Spanish student when talking with Dominicans. Spanish language learning methods are based on the official language from Spain, SLS provides all its students with a free guide that contains a full set of slang words and terms.


The Dominican Carnival is the broadest cultural expression, which
evolves each year with new characters based on daily life experiences.

  Arretao - bold, almost a social daredevil Apiñar - to gather things or people one over the other Carajito (a) young child (fem )
  Acechar - stalk, prowl, to watch Aplatanao - got used to living in DR Carro publico - public transportation car (also concho )
  Agallú - greedy Bacano - cool man Chepa - one time luck
  Abur - bye ( informal ) Vago - lazy person, jobless Chercha - joke, or party mode
  Aguajero - braggart Vaho - foul odor Chichigua - kite for children
  Baboso - stupid, senseless person Bembe - thick lips, as African descendants Chichí - a baby
  Agolpear - to hit someone Bemberria - booze party among friends Chiquita - small girl (o) small boy
  Ahorita - later ( ahora = now ) Bomba - Gasoline Station ( same word for Bomb ) Un Chin - a little of something
  Ajumao - drunk Bonche - a cool party with friends Chivo - goat ( estar chivo = to be doubtful )
  Alante Alante - ahead, being good Brechero - peeping tom Chopo - guy with low taste
  Allantoso - braggart Bufeo - to be in the limelight, center of attention Chulo - pimp ( also used for dear )
  Alelao - slow as a snail Cacharro - old car in shambles Chulearse - to kiss and cuddle
  Amet - Traffic cop Cacú - a person with a big head ( caco = head ) Cocote - neck ( hacer cocote = expect something )
  Añugarse - to choke on food Can - big party Colmado - small grocery store
  Apechurrar - to press together ( like in a bus ) Canillas - skinny legs Compai - friend




Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, and thus it is far more advanced economically and socially. Even so, Spanish has also evolved in the city as much or more  than in the pueblos ( towns ). Capitaleños have adapted the language following intervention, war and everyday politics. While many in the capital might have a clearer way to Speak Spanish, most will also use slang words.


Santiago is the second city of the Dominican Republic, with a rich heritage mixing the modern city style with the old, eclectic urban center and large expanses of land and countryside. Its people have a distinctive accent, called Cibaeño. Santiago is the heart of the Dominican Republic, halfway to the deepest roots of our true self, and it's famous for its beautiful women and friendly, happy people.



                  By comparison, Santo Domingo contrasts with the country side.       Santiago blends the best of both worlds - Modern city and countryside life.

 This guide is meant to understand the local people that speak with local slang, not to replace the true Spanish meaning and usage of terms. Education level is closely related to the proper usage of any language, and some slang terms are not liked by academics or college graduates. Evolution of languages is a natural occurrence, and so certain etiquette rules are to be respected in its usage. You can ask for you free guide of Dominican Spanish Slang terms at the SLS Spanish Learning Center.


  Comparón - show off person Yipeta - SUV Joder - to bother someone
  Cuero - hooker Jeva - good looking woman (o) male Ñame - stupid person
  Botao - dumped ( by gf ), fired ( from job ) Jumo - bad hangover Montro - smart, cool guy
  Deguabinar - to destroy Manso - quiet, calm Presidente - beer
  Cutafara - ugly woman Pajaro - bird, gay Greña - really bad hair
  Enchulao - someone in love Pana - best friend Palé, tripleta - lottery
  Enchivarse - to be stuck on the road mud Pinta - style, fancy clothes Tiguere - street smart person
  Fiao - what you buy on personal credit Pariguayo - a loser Tacaño - stingy, too frugal
  Fuñir - to disturb or annoy someone Mayimbe - coolest guy Totao - someone who`s outdated
  Fantamoso - someone who shows off Morena - colored skin woman Vividor - hustler
  Flow - good style Nitido - mint condition, good as new Viralata - street dog
  Grajo - armpits foul odor Estar en olla - to be penniless Vaina - stuff, thing
  Guagua - local bus Ké lo Ké - what`s up Verdugo - smart doing things
  Grillo - ugly woman, (also cricket ) Quillao - upset Vacuencia - talking nonsense
  Jablador - big time liar ( also: jabladoraso ) Ñapa - a purchase gift, extra Fria - cold beer

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