The Dominican Republic is a Spanish-speaking country. Although it’s just about possible to get by only speaking English, your vacation will be so much more comfortable (not to mention fun!) if you have a few phrases in Spanish at your disposal.
Overcoming the language barrier is essential to fully benefiting from the cultural experience available to you here in Cabarete.
For instance, it helps to know the local ‘what’s up?’ greeting is que lo que? You don’t need many words to navigate the restaurant/bar situation, and it is definitely useful to know what to say to keep those mojitos coming.
A supportive community
There’s definitely nothing to be embarrassed about, all the foreigners are on the same journey towards communicating effortlessly in Spanish. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the bravest thing you can do is try and speak as much as you can in public.
It’s scary, but this is a supportive community to learn in. It’s okay to make mistakes here, and the Dominican locals in Cabarete are very patient. They might even correct you and teach you some new words and phrases, if you take the time to stop and chat.
Importantly though, the locals will most likely really appreciate your efforts to connect with them in their native Spanish.
A little effort goes a long way!