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Spanish is spoken in the Dominican Republic. Staff at major tourist attractions and front-desk personnel in most major hotels speak some English, but you may have difficulty making yourself understood. Outside the popular tourist establishments, restaurant menus are in Spanish, as are traffic signs everywhere. Using smiles and gestures will help, and though you can manage with just English, people are even more courteous, kind, and hospitable if you try to speak their language. It's a matter of respect. Buy one of those skinny phrase books or get Spanish audio discs from the library, and just try, si?

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