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What Language is Spoken in Panama

What Language is Spoken in Panama
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Panamanian Spanish- Languages Panama

What language is spoken in Panama? Spanish is the official and primary language of the Latin American country of Panama. But Panamanian Spanish is not the same as the one spoken by the people in Costa Rica or around the Caribbean coast because it includes expressions too. Located in the East of Costa Rica, North West of Colombia, South, and North of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, the islands, Panama Canal, and Panama City Beach, are an international picnic spot. The nation has a very distinctive taste in music videos with hundreds and thousands of fans worldwide. With a diverse mix of cultures, races, ethnicities, this country is home to Spanish speaking people from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures such as Chinese, African, British, Russian, United States, French, Latin American, and Islandic and despite having their own lingos, they all speak Panamanian Spanish just as good as their mother tongue. Most speakers use Castilian as the prime mode of communication which is different from the Castilian Spanish spoken in different corners of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. It is due to the continuous influence of Spain. However, it is also interesting to know that people were speaking their own Spanish language long before the arrival of Spain. Those Indigenous Panamanians still make up around 10 to 12 percent of the total population.

Panama’s Dominant Languages

Although 90% of the nation is Castilian Spanish speaking, the English language is also spoken by citizens who work in offices, schools, or the corporate sector generally. The province of Chiriquí is known for its abundant population of Chinese expats, and statistics have shown that there is a huge Chinese community in Chiriquí. Around 4 percent of the people speak French, and one percent speak Arabic, some people even use Latin as their daily mode of communication as well. Apart from those, indigenous languages such as Guaymí, or Ngäbere, Embera, Hakka, Buglere, are also spoken throughout the country by the locals.

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Some interesting facts:

For a country whose corners are filled with hundred percent of vibrancy, music, and a multitude of cultural diversity, ethnic groups, and nationalities. It might be surprising for you that the English language has the biggest impact on Panamanian Spanish, it even has many English words. But the funny thing, if you are traveling from America and expecting to meet English speakers, you’ll most certainly be disappointed. Most of those speakers are from Panama City situated by the Panama Canal, as it’s is a commercial and business hub of the country and the corporate sector requires bilingual workers for official and communication purposes. They all have to speak the Panama Languages.  You can expect youngsters to use slang just like they do in Spain or hear someone say a thing or two in Latin but not many English words, of course.

Another fun fact: dialects

Another fun fact is about dialects. The cities, coasts, and provinces are filled with different expats. And all the citizens have an impact on the way they speak. This is the reason why different regions within the country have different kinds of slang, verbs etc. Dialects and usages are also different. It’s like one country has various versions of the same lingo.

Should I Learn Panamanian Spanish Before Visiting Panama?:

First find out what language is spoken in Panama and then of course, you should learn the Panama Language. First off, even if you intend to spend your time in English Speaking localities such as in the capital city, you might still need to interact with the community in the islands, perhaps with a guide, a local salesman, or a coffee shop owner at the coast who may or may not understand what you say, also you should sound confident there. Or maybe for some fun time, learn a few popular slang terms too, what if you become friends with some party hitters there? you should be able to keep the night young.

Short stay in Panama

Secondly, If you are staying for a night or two, no need but if your intention is to live here indefinitely and you are a native American, you certainly need to learn Panama’s Spanish along with the slang as this is the only way you can communicate with people easily and comfortably. So how do you start? Well, start with the basics, check out what language is spoken in Panama, the slang, the Spanish verbs from Embera, vocabulary from Hakka, etc., and start with the basics. Words and phrases, then grammar and punctuation, spelling, and yes it will get tough but that’s the only right way to do it. In this regard, check out which learning way is good for you? Are you an audio person or a visual one? if you enjoy videos more, go to Youtube and see if you can find one that is useful for your learning journey. Audio lessons have sounds of alphabets included, whereas there are videos that can help you learn basic vocabulary in a step by step way, so that could help even better.

Dialects are equally important but that is something you can keep on learning over time. So, start with words and phrases.

Do I Need To Translate My Documents Into Castilian Spanish?

For that, you might have to get in touch with your immigration agent or lawyer. They have a better understanding of rules and regulations in Colombia and the Pacific region, they can even educate about the requirements. Most countries don’t require translation of official documents if they are already in English but there are some exceptions too. So it’s always best to ask your immigration agent, whether you need a translation of your documents or not.

For instance, if you are a student from Central America, doing research on the Caribbean region, or visiting Panama City Beach for recreation purposes, you could be asked for validation from a university or school or the immigration might ask you for a translation of your academic report cards. So don’t hesitate to confirm with your agent. In fact, we would suggest you schedule a detailed meeting in which you can talk about all your concerns and inquiries. Staying prepared in advance always helps, especially if you are traveling abroad

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Can I Get By If I Just Speak English?

You sure can’t get fluent in Embera, Hakka, Buglere or Ngäbere in a month or two but thinking that you can survive in the Pacific region without learning Spanish, is definitely not going to help. Sure if you are there for a day and night trip, you can get by.

We’d suggest searching for a video lesson version, interactive courses are really great for picking things instantly. A few new words and phrases each day won’t hurt much and you’ll be able to speak fluently eventually. A lot of that depends upon the reason why you are visiting the canal city or another region of the country. If you are there for a business like real estate, then conversing in the native language is a compulsion, you might even have to take a course or something to get a hold of the minority languages as well.

If you are going there as an industry researcher, money statistics. the official currency and many other factors would be important for you, and for that again, you need to be more prepared, more fluent in the common language. After all, even Christopher Columbus visited this place in the 16th century.

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