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Old 10-06-2008, 05:25 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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The further away you get from San Juan the less people know English. We stopped at McDonald's and my friends who speak very basic Spanish could not understand her and when they apologized for their poor Spanish...lets say she didn't accept the apology.
You should have asked for the manager to take your order ... I have noticed that if the rank and file workers at the fast food joints (or any Puerto Rican restaurant in general) dont speak English/speak very limited English that the managerial staff will almost always speak English flawlessly.

Only once did I have a problem and lets because I dident realize that KFC's menu is totally different down there then it is here in NY.
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I'd at least make sure you learn your numbers well so you understand how much you owe the cashiers!
Puerto Rico trades in US dollars. A 1 = 1 exchange rate ain't so hard to learn.

Anyway, the school curriculum includes ESL from K to 12, so you can expect most Puerto Ricans to know at least some basic English.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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Yes English is spoken pretty much anywhere. it is such a wonderful island you should really explore the "real" Puerto Rico. When you stay in San Jaun it nice and relaxing but while exploring you could really find some nice place you should try visiting the Caves in Camuy.

As for the traffic I do believe it is in fact standard practice that after 11:00 a red light is just the same as a stop sign.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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I have found that if you have a look of confusion and say in spanish, My espanyoul es muy pokeeto(phonetic spelling), the PRs are kind and forgiving. In 2.5yrs I got attitude from only one cashier.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:37 AM
 
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The Spanish spoken in PR is typically VERY hard to understand, even for Spanish speakers. The accent is very different and poor grammer is comon. The majority of people do not speak English. Seemingly only one percent of the people in PR speak "normal English." The people who do, speak it poorly and with heavy accents. FYI--the people are extremely aggresive and courtesy is the exception to the rule.
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Old 11-27-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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Who are these people who say most Puerto Ricans speak English?

Although it is spoken around the tourist areas, if you want a thorough tour of the island, you're going to run into a ton of people who don't speak English.

If you don't speak Spanish, and can therefore not defend yourself verbally, you should get used to giving your money away, and getting ripped off, because Puerto Rico is all about overcharging and slipping things on your bill if they think you're American. This happened to me, but they had no idea I spoke fluent Spanish until I called them on it.

Taxi drivers were the absolute worst. Agree on a cost before the wheels move. Learn a few basic phrases, like "No voy a pagar eso," or "Porque me estas cobrando asi?"

There was even this situation I encountered in Rincon:

"Dame Vodka con jugo de chino" (Give me a vodka and orange): $3.00
"Let me have a vodka and orange juice": $7.00

I loved the Island, but the merchants are sneaky as hell.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Yeah the driving there is very fun...and watch out for potholes!! Don't worry about running the red lights...but watch out when you get back to the states, they don't like it as much up here.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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As for the traffic I do believe it is in fact standard practice that after 11:00 a red light is just the same as a stop sign.
It's actually the law. In order to reduce carjackings, PR has a law that allows motorists to treat red lights as stop signs from midnight until 5:00 AM.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:53 AM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Who are these people who say most Puerto Ricans speak English?

Although it is spoken around the tourist areas, if you want a thorough tour of the island, you're going to run into a ton of people who don't speak English.

If you don't speak Spanish, and can therefore not defend yourself verbally, you should get used to giving your money away, and getting ripped off, because Puerto Rico is all about overcharging and slipping things on your bill if they think you're American. This happened to me, but they had no idea I spoke fluent Spanish until I called them on it.

Taxi drivers were the absolute worst. Agree on a cost before the wheels move. Learn a few basic phrases, like "No voy a pagar eso," or "Porque me estas cobrando asi?"

There was even this situation I encountered in Rincon:

"Dame Vodka con jugo de chino" (Give me a vodka and orange): $3.00
"Let me have a vodka and orange juice": $7.00

I loved the Island, but the merchants are sneaky as hell.
I have a vacation house there and every single person I have dealt with with two or three exceptions has spoken nearly flawless English. Granted the younger ones are generally much better then the older folks; all 3 of the people I encountered that did not speak English were over the age of 50 by my guess.
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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Joe has no idea what he's talking about. I know Puerto Ricans that are not from the metro and speak perfect English with no accent what-so-ever; they're usually young. In fact, the younger ones should understand you for the most part. There are people who don't speak or comprehend a lick of English,but again,there are a lot that do. Some Latinos tend to have this misconception that ALL Puerto Ricans speak Spanish the same way, thus, non-Latinos hear it from them and tend to think that it's true. It's hard to understand the Spanish spoken by some Puerto Ricans,but not all....JOE. It all depends on their social class and where they are from on the island. Stop looking/hearing at reggaeton artist; they don't represent the way every Puerto Rican speaks or dresses. There's millions of Puerto Ricans on the island...do you really believe that they all speak the same way?

You should do fine...don't worry too much. Enjoy your trip over here! ;]
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