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Language & Phrasebook in Panama

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Panama | Introduction

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How To Travel To Panama

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How To Travel Around Panama

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Visa & Passport Requirements for Panama

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Destinations in Panama

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Accommodation & Hotels in Panama

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Food & Drinks in Panama

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Money & Shopping in Panama

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Festivals & Holidays in Panama

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Language & Phrasebook in Panama

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Internet & Communications in Panama

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Traditions & Customs in Panama

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Culture Of Panama

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History Of Panama

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Stay Safe & Healthy in Panama


When you cross the border between Costa Rica and Panama, you will notice a distinct change in dialect. True to its Caribbean orientation, Panamanian Spanish is much closer to Puerto Rican than to Tico or Nicaraguan. For students with Mexican or European Spanish, this may take some getting used to. However, it is very easy to understand and not at all more difficult than that of other Spanish-speaking countries. Panamanians tend to pronounce the “h” instead of the “s” and not pronounce certain Ds at the end of certain words. This is part of their dialect, but Panamanians are quite capable of speaking Spanish in a way that is more understandable to students of Mexican or Castilian Spanish, and they are aware of their regional peculiarities.

Panama City has a different dialect in which they mix English and Spanish words. Although educated Panamanians try to speak proper Spanish, they are very proud of their dialect and prefer to use it unless it is a formal conversation or public speech.

Indigenous languages

Panama has much more indigenous culture than some neighbouring countries. In Kuna Yalay you will hear the indigenous Kuna language spoken. In the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé, as in Chiriqui or Bocas del Toro, you can hear the indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé (Guaymí) language, although the Ngöbe and Buglé are very quiet with foreigners. If you ask one of them for directions, he will probably point you in the right direction with a wave of his hand or his lips.

English

Much of Panama’s Caribbean coast was settled by people from Jamaica and Barbados. In more recent times, the descendants of these settlers seem to speak more Spanish, but many still speak English, albeit a very Caribbean variety called Guari Guari.

Until a few years ago, the canal was controlled by the United States. The United States gave the canal back to Panama, but many people in Panama City and other areas near the canal still speak English as their first or second language. Surprisingly, English is not as widely spoken as one might think, considering how much time Americans have spent in the country. It’s not that common for people who work in shops or are on the street to speak English. There are a number of news sites and blogs in English to help you with your travels.

Panama | Introduction

Panama, officially called the Republic of Panama (Spanish: República de Panamá), is a country generally considered to be located...

How To Travel To...

By air International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (IATA: PTY), located about 30 kilometres east of Panama City (from...

How To Travel Around...

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Visa & Passport Requirements...

Countries whose citizens have a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry do not...

Destinations in Panama

Regions in Panama Central PanamaPanama City and the provinces of Colon and Cocle. Western CaribbeanThe province of Bocas del Toro and...

Accommodation & Hotels in...

Panama's hotels are as diverse as its geography. Panama City has as much glamour and glitz as New York,...

Food & Drinks in...

Food in Panama In the big cities you will find all kinds of food, from French haute cuisine to the...

Money & Shopping in...

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Festivals & Holidays in...

1 January, New Year's Day 9 January, Martyrs' Day (Panama) Shrove Monday. The Monday before Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday. The Tuesday before...

Internet & Communications in...

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Traditions & Customs in...

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Culture Of Panama

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History Of Panama

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Stay Safe & Healthy...

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