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Spanish in different countries always sounds different…
I had a question in a language forum about some of the nuances of Cuban Spanish, and I came up with a few ideas. This list is not definitive, but it is a good start.
Cuba, a country of the West Indies, is the largest single island of the archipelago, and one of the more influential states of the Caribbean region. President McKinley signed a joint Congressional resolution demanding Spanish withdrawal and authorizing the President to use military force to help Cuba gain independence on April 20, 1898.
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This is only my opinion, but I think Cuban Spanish is an eclectic combination of several things;
- It is fast..Faster than Mexican Spanish, but not as fast as the Dominican Republic speakers.
- It comes from the chest like Castilian Spanish, not nasal like Mexico.
- It has the rhythm of coastal Colombian Spanish like a laid back poem.
- With that laid back feel in mind from a distance, you might think you are listening to Brazilian Portuguese.
- Some words get cut off or shorten like in Southern Spain…”Besos Cha”..( Chau) “Encatau” (Encantado).
My favorite Netflix for studying Cuban Spanish is “Four Seasons in Havana”;
Some other resources you might like to look at:
Havana Nights: The Cuban Spanish Lessons You Need for Authentic Island Fun
Thorn Tree – How exactly is Cuban Spanish different?