Spanish In Argentina

Last modified on January 13th, 2011

Had you asked me a few months ago about what language they speak in Argentina, I probably would have just said Spanish, assuming (erroneously of course) that all spanish speaking countries all speak the same form.

Now that I’m here, I know what a lot of people in North American probably don’t – in Argentina they speak a fairly different form of spanish based on Voseo, and also have some very unique pronunciations.

Locations Where Voseo Is Spoken

The main change in voseo that the second person singular (equivalent to you in english, i.e. you are) is changed from tu to vos. Unfortunately very few books even make mention of this change, and it’s only something you’ll be exposed to in voseo speaking countries. The problem is that very few books talk about it, so none of the conjugation tables show you how to properly conjugate verbs for that form.

Pronunciation is quite a bit different down here as well. The first-person singular in spanish is Yo – it’s the english equivalent of I, for example I have, and it’s pronounced as it looks. In Buenos Aires, Y and the Spanish LL (for example, pollo, the spanish word for chicken) are pronounced more like an english sh sound instead of a y sound. So in Spain you would pronounce pollo like po-yo, but here in Buenos Aires it’s pronounced po-sho.

I’m making progress on learning, but the going is still slow. I’m just finalizing a spanish teacher to hopefully start next week, and I’m hoping the pace at which I learn picks up.

One response to “Spanish In Argentina”

  1. Dan says:


    Just read this. And then Google Reader showed me this:

    Obviously it won’t be perfect (especially given what you mention above), but if you’ve got an Android phone down there, you should give it a try!

    PS. I’m really enjoying your posts thus far. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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