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Old 06-21-2012, 06:44 PM
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Chilean spanish is known for being very fast and clipped, with much more usage of slangs and colloquialisms than other South American dialects. The dialect definitely seems to be one where you have to actually live in Chile to actually "get it."

Rioplatense Spanish (Spanish of Argentina and Uruguay) have a tremendous and obvious italian influence, and they also pronounce things closer to Iberian Castilian (as someone said earlier, "calle" sounds like "caZHe", not "caYe"). There is also the clipping of the "s", like in Chilean Spanish, but that is usually seen as low-class and not something one who is trying to speak the dialect correctly should strive to emulate.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by likeminas View Post
* Word- and syllable-final (S) is aspirated or lost entirely in most cases.

* Ending of many words is (i) instead of (s).
example; Como estas? => Como estai?

*Voseo (vos); is used very similarly as in Argentina BUT the (S) at the end is mostly words is aspirated or lost.
Example; Vo' sabi (tu sabes), vo' venis (Tu vienes) and so on.

Lastly, I'd say that Chileans speak slightly faster than their neighbors which makes it even harder for somebody not used to it to understand.
Aspirated or lost syllable-final-S/Z and fast tempo are not that uncommon throughout the Hispanic world including Spain.
The Chilean voseo however, is something uniquely Chilean and can cause a lot of confusion in combination with the other mentioned characteristics.

Chile - Argentina - Spain, Mexico, Perú, etc.
(pronunciation, not proper spelling.)
tú/vo' ehtái - vos ehtáS - tú estás
tú/voh jamái - voh shamáS - tú llamas
tú/voh savíh - voh savéS - tú sabes
tú/voh qeríh - voh qeréS -tú quieres
tú/voh veníh - voh veníS - tú vienes
tú/voh desíh - voh desís - tú dices

Subjunctive in Chile is vastly different from other countries.
Chile - Argentina, Spain, Mexico, etc.
q ehtíh - que estés
no jamíh - no llames
q sepái - que sepas
como qerái - como quieras
q vengái - que vengas
no digái - no digas
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