50,000 Americans and Canadians live in Puerto Vallarta and, of course, speak native English.
In addition, there are half a million English-speaking visitors each year to Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta.
Around all these native English speakers has grown a sizeable group of local Mexicans who speak English (at least half speak “pocito” or Spanglish, enough to get by, enough to answer your question). So, speaking the language is easier around here than almost anywhere.
Similarities in Languages
Did you know that thousands of words are the same in English and Spanish? Sounds are pronounced differently and words may be used a bit differently, but spelled almost the same. That makes it a lot easier to learn and to find your way. In fact, 30% to 40% of all words in English have a related word in Spanish with similar sound, appearance, and meaning.
Also, except for a couple of word order exceptions (adjective before noun in English and noun before adjective in Spanish), sentences in both languages have the same basic structures.
Some of The Differences
Perhaps the greatest difference between English and Spanish is that Spanish has only five vowel sounds while English has more than 14, depending on regional dialects. This is the reason Spanish speakers have difficulty differentiating between vowel sounds in words like seat and sit. Continue reading “Part 2: English to Spanglish in Puerto Vallarta”
Wow! I can’t get over my access to the best taxi system in the world.
Taxi cab rides are cheap and could it get any better than cab drivers who are honest, hard-working, clean, and proud along with helpful but with no expectation of a tip?
Truthfully, I’ve given tips… but I’m trying to break the habit. I don’t want to change the culture. But I always tip for extra services such as entering a gated area, unloading groceries, or waiting while I make a quick stop.
Here’s advice for using taxis in Puerto Vallarta:
Taxis are easy to find. Step outside and you’ll see taxis on a corner. Wave one.
Ask the cost of your trip before getting in. Most drivers speak enough English to give the rate and talk with you.
Don’t let the driver talk you into going someplace else such as his cousin’s restaurant (unless you really want to go).
Sit up front if you’re alone.
Talk to the cab driver if you can. He’s a world of information about the city.