At Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate, all our staff are fluent in Spanish and English- and others speak Russian, so you don't have to worry about mastering Spanish straight away. But what about after the keys are yours?
Punta Cana's popularity among North Americans means that it is extremely easy to get by without ever really having to master Spanish. The question, however, is whether you should adopt this mindset. Spanish is actually not that difficult a language to pick up, and if you are starting from scratch then you will probably surprise yourself by how many words you will already know or feel familiar with.
If you are planning on buying a property in Punta Cana for use as a vacation home, then it’s handy to know a few choice phrases (you will find these further down the page), but if you are planning to live and/or work in Punta Cana, then it will make your life a whole lot easier, richer and more fulfilling if you can master the language, and here’s why;
- More active social life– Dominicans are incredibly warm friendly people, and while some local tourism workers will speak decent English, many older generations will not. So in order to truly make friends with a Dominican, it pays to speak their lingo. The rewards for doing so are endless.
- Greater independence– your hair still needs cutting, the car still needs servicing, phone and internet contracts need sorting out, and so on… being able to converse properly with the Dominican service industry without having to bring along that friend who’s fluent affords you greater independence, and widens your options of service providers.
- Love– that beautiful señorita over there? Sure, try asking her out. She might well speak English, but she’s not going to be bowled over by your monolingual ways. Dazzle her with a bit of her own lingo, however, and she’s much more likely to see you in a favorable light.
- Cultural relevance– a language is not just a dictionary of words, it’s an identity. Many of the Dominican Republic's unique idiosyncrasies become much easier to understand once you learn the country’s beautiful language. By talking like a local Dominican, you are thinking like a Dominican and living like a Dominican, which is an incredibly enriching experience.
How to learn
There are a number of schools in Punta Cana. Quality tends to vary, so it is best to conduct a bit of diligent research before signing up with a school or class. Ideally, a minimum of three to four hours of structured lessons a week should be your initial aim, and then it really is down to you. Having the confidence to try out your newly acquired skills is one of the hardest initial obstacles to overcome– it is only natural to be nervous, fearful of making mistakes, and generally slightly uncomfortable when attempting those first exchanges. But remember– and this is a cliché but one that rings true– no Dominican will ever think ill of you for trying. Indeed, the very fact that you’re making the effort is usually met with beaming smiles and a warm reception.
Good morning - Buenos días
Good afternoon/evening - Buenas tardes
Good night - Buenas noches
Hello - Hola
Goodbye - Adiós
See you later - Hasta luego
See you soon - Hasta pronto
Thank you - Gracias
Please - Por favor
How are you? - ¿Cómo estás? Or ¿Quétal?
Fine, thank you - Bien, gracias
My name is... -Me llamo...
What's your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas?
A cold beer please - Una cerveza fría por favor
A white coffee please - Un café con leche por favor
A glass of red wine please - Una copa de vino tinto por favor
Can I have thebill please? - La cuenta por favor
How much does it cost? - ¿Cuánto cuesta?
Where is the nearest bank? - ¿Dónde está el banco máscercano?
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