How exactly is Cuban Spanish different?
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2013 1:05 AM Last Post By: Carmensanch
Oct 21, 2012 4:08 PM
Oct 21, 2012 4:18 PM
16#17 - ah yes, Viajera I had forgotten about that damn 'D'. If you think about it - B and V interchangeable, esp in writing, C and S interchangeable, esp in writing, L and R interchangeable, D and S seemingly a bloody nuisance, getting in the way of the pure vocales, Z interchangeable with S in speech but who uses S anyway - leaves about eleven consonants. And then came the X, and sometimes the J is also a little suspect.
As you say, it is just so much fun. I just wish I had a better ear :-)
Oct 22, 2012 4:18 AM
17Thanks everybody. Enran I agree. No additional language is easy. One does not pick up a language. One has to study it and yes it is a life long undertaking. Even first language acquisition is a life long task. Take Joseph Conrad for example- a lot of English first language speakers find him difficult although he himself learned English as a third language when he was 22. Of course being a genius whose father translated Shakespeare into Polish may have helped his linguistic skills. As an Australian I often find English speakers from some parts of England almost incomprehensible. It is no surprise that there is a lot of variance within Cuban Spanish. Language is of course endlessly fascinating. Take for example Santa Claus who speaks North Polish rather than the Polish one hears in Warsaw.
Oct 22, 2012 5:01 AM
Oct 22, 2012 5:12 AM
Oct 24, 2012 10:16 AM
20It might be appropriate at this point, in the name of bringing up the rear with some humor, to quote
once again from the Tom Miller book, Trading With the Enemy; A Yankee Travels Thru Castro's Cuba.
" Cubans talk as if they have sweet potato in their mouthes. Their voices and intonations are thin and
eager; very rapid, too much in the lips, and, withal, giving an impression of the passionate and childish
combined. To my ear the Cuban alphabet sprinted from r to t; they dumped alll the Ss . I didn't know if a redhead I met on the Malecon bragged that her dad was a pescador or pecador; whether Elvis had pasttillas
or patillas; Someone told me how beautiful was the Cascada Niagara and I thought he said la caca negra.
Their speech sounds like the suckings and gushings of water swirling down a drain; like the twitterings
of birds, like an old black woman crooning, like an old fighter with his teeth knocked out"
Apr 8, 2013 1:05 AM
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