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Pronunciation Problems in the Dominican RepublicThe Dominican Republic is an island nation in the Caribbean with an estimated population of nearly 9.4 million. Spanish is the official language and is spoken by the vast majority of the population, with a small number of Haitian Creole speakers. For this article the focus will be on the native Spanish speakers. One of the most common pronunciation problems for Dominicans, as with most standard Spanish speakers, is that they turn ll (double L) into a /?/ in their language and believe it to be the same in ours. This causes them to pronounce words such as call or mall as cy or my, the latter leading to much confusion for the uninformed English speaker. An example of a sentence which could come of that would be, ?I wan to go to deh my.? The problem which the Dominicans have that isn?t seen in other Spanish dialects is that they drop the letter S in nearly every word. It tends to become a voiceless glottal fricative at the ends of syllables, something along the lines of [h]. This phenomenon inevitably leads to entire syllables disappearing from words. They then tend to link different words into one big word to make up the difference. ?Those markers are mine,? turns into, ?thoemarka mine.? This is surely a calamity