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Pop singer gives YouTube lessons in obscure Caribbean coast dialect

Colombian flag: singer puts her home town on the map with YouTube language classes.
Colombian flag: singer puts her home town on the map with YouTube language classes. Image by Brian Pocius / CC BY 2.0

Martina La Peligrosa, an up and coming pop singer from Colombia, is gaining popularity worldwide with internet tutorials that teach watchers how to speak Costeñian, a complicated dialect of the Caribbean region that mystifies even native speakers. The series, Clases de Cordobese (Lessons of a Cordoban), features 15-second videos on YouTube with a lesson about what an individual phrase means. The singer said her hope in creating the series is to distinguish the local dialect from others in more well-known areas of the Caribbean coast. Read more: colombiareports.co