Did you ever wonder how to type some words in Spanish? Where are those funny letters and symbols? Wonder no longer. You can go into the set up of your computer and change the keyboard to any language you would like but then you have to figure out where all the letters are and that takes time. Here is our suggestion. Make a list of these and others you find. Put them where you can find them. I have mine taped to the side of the computer. This way you'll never be lost again. Also, you will look really intelligent when you type a word in Español and use the proper letter or symbol.
For example; to make the Ñ (nne) hold down the ALT key and type in the numbers 165. Let go of the ALT key and you should have Ñ. Remember to hold down the ALT key while you are entering the numbers. When you let go, walah!! You've got it.
ALT 130 = é ALT 163 = ú ALT 168 = ¿
ALT 144 = É ALT 164 = ñ ALT 173 = ¡
ALT 160 = á ALT 165 = Ñ ALT 155 = ¢
ALT 161 = í ALT 126 = ~ ALT 171 = ½
ALT 162 = ó
This page list codes for accented letters and other characters. In order to use these codes, your computer keyboard should have a separate numeric keypad on the right (make sure it is unlocked). If it does not, then another method of inputting accents is recommended.
Taino words are still in use in Dominican Republic and throughout the World.
The Taino Indians were some of the original habitants of the island of Hispaniola. When the Spanish arrived they adopted many of the indigenous peoples words into their own vocabulary. Many of these words are still used throughout the world today. Just think, you have been speaking the Taino language and you didn't even know it.
Arepa - corn tortilla or type of cornmeal bread or cake (Arepa recipe)
Barbacoa - a platform held aloft on legs. Used for
many things but widely known to be a barbecue
when it was used for cooking
Bohío - straw hut
Borinquen - land of the valiant, the Taino name for
The towns/ barrios, cities/ cuidads, and streets/ calles and their English Translations.
Many times when you try to translate a word from any language to your own the idea is lost in the translation. Some words can end up to be quite funny when you use the literal English translations. Hope you get a little laugh like I did. Maybe when you come to visit you might want to pass through the towns named "The pool of flies" or "hanging dogs".
Ahorca los Perros - Hanging Dogs
Bajos de Haina - Haina Downs
Bocacanasta - Basket Mouth
Castañuelas - Little Castanet Town
Castillo - Castle Town
Correa y Cidrón - Belt and Big Sider
Dajabón - Give Soap
El Aguacate Adentro - The Inside Avocado
El Cachón de la Rubia - The Blondie's Big Crab
El Hoyo de Chulín - Little Gigolo's hole
El Peñón - The Big Rock
Elias Piña - Elias Pineapple
Enriquillo - Little Henry
Esperanza - Hope City
Francisco Villaespesa - Frank Thick Village
Jacinto de la Concha - Jason of the Shell Street
Jobo Bonito - Cute Plum
Juana Saltitopa - Jane Jump and Touch Street
La Cañada del Diablo - The Devil's Ravine
La Descubierta - The Discovered One
La Otra Banda - The Other Side
La Piscina de Moca - The Pool of Fly
Los Guandulitos - Little Slackers
Las Matas de Farfán - Pharpham's Trees
Los Mameyes - The Orange Colors
Los Pepines - The Pickles
Los Tres Brazos - The Three Arms
Los Tres Ojos - The Three Eyes
Luis Cambiaso - Louis Big Change
Mano Guayabo - Guava Hand
Mata Barraco - Kill Pork
Matahambre - Kill Hunger
Monte Plata - Silver Mount
Mono Mojao - Wet Monkey
Padre Las Casas - Father the Houses
Sabana de la Mar - Sea Plain
Sabana Larga - Long Plain
Sabana Perdida - Lost Plain
Sabana Yegua - Mare Plain
Tamboril - Little Drums
Valverde - Green to Go
Villas Agrícolas - Farming Village
Villa Altagracia - High Thanks Village
Villa Consuelo - Consolation Village
Villa Faro - Lighthouse Village
Villa Francisca - Frances Village
Villa Juana - Jane Village
Here we have some cooking and baking terms if you are trying to follow a Spanish recipe. I'm sure there are many more but these are sure to help you when you try and follow a simple recipe.