My spanish studies didn’t equip me with the colloquialisms of Puerto Rican Spanish .
I learned Spanish in high school from a Cuban.
My kid’s babysitters were Mexican and Columbian.
I traveled to Spain four times and practiced my Spanish there.
So in the two plus months I’ve been here, here are the differences I’ve picked up:
Banana = guineo
Peanut = mani
Beans = habichuela
Refrigerator = Nevera
Hamburguesa = hamburger
Drinking straw = sorbete
Ice cream = mantecado (but I’ve seen helado too)
And since colors can vary by country:
Pink = rosa
Brown = marron
Purple = violeta
Oh and don’t say S’s
Buenas Dias= buen dia
Gracias = gracia
And speak veryfastandmusheverythingtogether.
Even a Columbian man I met here says they speak fast and it took a while for him to understand. Great.