Before visiting the DR, there are a few key words, phrases, and sayings you need to know.

Even if you’ll never master how fast Dominicans speak–trust me, it’s an art–many of these essential Dominican Spanish phrases will help you greet locals, ask for prices, or even politely say you’re not interested.

I recorded this episode below, Dominican Spanish Phrases 101, a couple of months ago now and it’s become quite popular on Youtube. I’m really glad it’s useful, so I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out by sharing it on the blog.

Let us know in the comments which surprised or made you laugh!

We’re currently working on a part two.

Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on culture, adventure, and sustainable travel in the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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