wanderingtrader.com/travel-blog/colombia-travel-blog/learning-how-to-speak-colombian-spanish-basic-expressions. Read more about learning how to speak Colombian Spanish Basic Expressions below. Learning how to speak Colombian Spanish is an enriching cultural experience. It may be the most spoken language in Colombia but it still comes in various dialects which vary across regions. As for its intonation, Colombian Spanish can be easily set apart from other variations of Spanish used in South America; and in a good way. Upon learning a few Colombian Spanish basic expressions, you will find it to be one of the most beautiful varieties of the mother tongue. A background on Colombian Spanish language Colombian Spanish owes its diversity to Colombia's rich ethnic background. Even before the Spanish colonial era, Colombia was already home to native inhabitants. Spanish colonization only contributed to the diversity of the population as they, along with African slaves, thrived in places all over Colombia. Since then, Colombia had been a melting pot of native, Spanish, and African races. Despite the merging of races, Colombian regions developed separate identities because of the country's topographical diversity. And it is because of this that learning how to speak Colombian Spanish in Colombian regions is slightly different from one another. Such distinctions are minor however, so that even if you learn Colombian Spanish basic expressions from Bogota for example, you would still understand variations of the same phrases in other parts of the country. What makes Colombian Spanish unique? If there is one thing that separates Colombian Spanish from other Spanish variations, it is truly the tone. While learning how to speak Colombian Spanish, you will discover that it has a musical intonation. Another distinct characteristic of Colombian Spanish is its emphasis on clear pronunciation. Because of this, many believe that Colombian Spanish is the easiest to understand; that is, if you know how to speak Spanish. The most commonly used Colombian Spanish words Words like "usted" and "ico" are known and understood in other Spanish variations, but they are frequently thrown around in Colombia. Before learning how to speak Colombian Spanish, you must understand these words first. Now non-Colombian Spanish speakers would typically use "vos" or "tu" when referring to someone but in Colombia, they typically use "usted" to replace them. However, given the diversity of the language in the country alone, this does not apply to all Colombian regions. To illustrate, "voseo" is the most used Spanish word in Valle del Cauca and Paisa. "Ico" is a derivative term from the word "chico" or "chiquito". What you should know before learning how to speak Colombian Spanish Before you can even dare to learn some Colombian Spanish basic expressions, there are a few words that you should be aware of to avoid confusion. - Colombian parents call their male children "papito" which means "daddy", and their female children "mamita" which means "mommy" - In a Colombian family, a wife would normally refer to her husband as "mijo" which means "my son", whereas the husband would call his wife "mija" which stands for "my daughter" Learning how to speak Colombian Spanish basic expressions can be challenging at the beginning, but extremely useful if you're traveling to Colombia. On top of that, you are learning a language that is both beautiful and culturally striking. Visit my blog wanderingtrader.com for more of my travel adventures. Subscribe to my YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/WanderingTrader so you can stay updated on my coolest travel videos.