Although Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, many Dominicans actually speak a dialect of Spanish known as Dominican Spanish. This dialect includes a lot of slang and unique words and phrases that you won’t hear in other Spanish-speaking countries. If you’re planning a trip to the Dominican Republic, it’s helpful to learn some basic Dominican Spanish before you go.
Here are a few key phrases to get you started:
¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
Bien, gracias. – I’m good, thanks.
¿Qué pasa? – What’s up?
Nada, ¿y tú? – Nothing, what about you?
Tengo hambre. – I’m hungry.
Tengo sed. – I’m thirsty.
Necesito ir al baño. – I need to go to the bathroom.
¿Dónde está? – Where is it?
¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much does it cost?
No entiendo. – I don’t understand.
Hable más despacio, por favor. – Speak more slowly, please.
No sé. – I don’t know.
Disculpe. – Excuse me.
¡Gracias! – Thank you!
¡De nada! – You’re welcome!