Puerto Rican Spanish

Puerto Rican Spanish

Puerto Rican Spanish

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Puerto Rican Spanish (español puertorriqueño ) is the Spanish language as characteristically spoken in Puerto Rico and by millions of people of Puerto Rican descent living in the United States and elsewhere.

African influence

The first African slaves were brought to the island in the 16th century. Although 31 different African tribes have been recorded in Puerto Rico, it is the Kongo from Central Africa that is considered to have had the most influence on Puerto Rican Spanish. Words like mondongo (tripe soup), gandul (pigeon pea), fufú (a spell), and malanga (a root vegetable), are commonly used and are of African origin.

Puerto Rican Lexicon

See also


Sources for further studies

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External links

  • Accessed 21 February 2011.
  • Accessed 21 February 2011.

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