Sales and Business Marketing Major
Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic
Summer I faculty-led program in the Dominican Republic
Surprisingly the amount of Spanish that I knew prior to visiting The Dominican Republic was enough to get me by. I was able to learn a great deal of “Dominican Spanish” throughout the month, and learned how it differed from the Spanish that is typically taught here in the states. The first major difference is the lack of formality. Most Dominicans speak in slang, and shorten their words (i.e.) instead of saying Buenos Dias “good morning”, Buenos Tardes “good afternoon”, or Buenos Noches “good night” they just say Dias “Day”, Tardes “afternoon”, or Noches “night”.
My favorite phrase that I learned while studying abroad is “Que lo Que?”. This means “What’s up?”, and you are supposed to reply with a “Manso” which means “chilling”.