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 Hispanola. 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.
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.
Names of places in Dominican Republic.
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".