Do you find it hard to understand Spanish speakers from the Dominican Republic?

If you have friends, family, or colleagues from the Dominican Republic

Or if you're planning a vacation to Santo Domingo and you want to connect with the locals

This course is for you

Even if you already can hold a conversation in Spanish, Dominicans have a unique way of speaking the language and you need to be prepared-regardless of your Spanish level.

Their quick Caribbean accent, slang, and cultural expressions are enough to confuse even native Spanish speakers!

The Dominican Spanish 101 course will give you insider access to the unique language and culture of the Dominican Republic.


  • Authentic Dialogues

    12 audio recordings of conversations between native Spanish speakers from the Dominican Republic

  • Natural & Slow Speed Audio

    Slow-speed audio of each dialogue to make sure you understand every word (Dominicans speak fast!)

  • Transcripts, Translation, & Flash Cards

    Complete line-by-line transcript of each dialogue with the English translation, plus flash cards with vocabulary of Dominican words & expressions

A bilingual ebook of 200+ Spanish words, phrases, slang, and expressions unique to the Dominican Republic
Get the lyrics and translation of some of the best merengue and bachata music from the Dominican Republic
Show notes from the Dominican Spanish 101 podcast with detailed explanations of vocabulary and images to amplify what you learn in each episode

The first time I tried to talk to a Spanish speaker from the Dominican Republic, I was extremely confused.

I got a text that said klk and I was like...

I didn't know that klk was short for ¿Qué lo que? which is a very Dominican (and informal) way of saying "What's up?"

At first I thought I was slow or stupid for not having learned this before. 

I mean, this is a pretty basic and common greeting.

But it wasn't my fault.

Regional Spanish is an afterthought in most Spanish programs. The idea that "all Spanish is Spanish" is what makes it hard to really get the information you need in an academic setting.

Even the most popular apps only give you the generic option of "Latin American Spanish" or Castilian Spanish.

But the truth is, this generic category of Spanish doesn't really help you speak Spanish to real people.

The fact is, every country has its own culture, history, accent, slang, and regional vocabulary. (Don't believe me? Just ask your friends from different countries in Latin America to translate the word "banana" and you'll start a debate.)

That's the reason behind the Caribbean Spanish courses. There is no such thing as "bad Spanish," people speak the way they do in the real world.

And that's what I was confronted with when I got that text.

If you want to learn Spanish the way it's really spoken, you have two options:

Option 1...

Keep using some Spanish app and learn "generic, neutral" Spanish that you can only find in the newspaper and in a classroom, and stay in the dark when you hear Spanish conversations in real life

Option 2...

Sign up for the Dominican Spanish 101 course and learn the way people really speak Spanish in one of the most popular travel destinations in the world

It's up to you.

But if any of the islands are on your bucket list and you want to be able to talk to (and understand) the locals, this is really the only way to do it without a LOT of frustration and blank stares.

5 star rating


Carlynn Ramos

I liked how there are transcripts for the dialogues & there are slow & fast audio versions of the dialogue

I liked how there are transcripts for the dialogues & there are slow & fast audio versions of the dialogue

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About the instructor

Certified Neurolanguage™ Coach

Tamara Marie

¡Hola! My name is Tamara Marie. I am a language coach trained to help you learn foreign languages using brain-friendly methods that accelerate fluency.  Language learning is my passion and I love helping people gain confidence speaking Spanish.