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This week in our Dominican English Dictionary, we bring you another Dominican word… as always, you will find some examples with which we try to explain in the best way possible these words used daily by Dominicans.

This week we define “Chin”. “Chin” is a word used when referring to a small amount of something, most commonly used when we are talking about food. (Check out the examples below to understand this better)


Dominicans use the word “Chin” to refer to a small amount of something. In English we can translate this Dominican word  as “few”, “small”, “a little bit”.

Example 1:

Dominican 1: Julian qué bueno que llegaste. Acabo de cocinar. Ven, vamos a comer / Julian, you’ve finally arrived! I just made lunch. Come on, let’s eat.

Dominican 2: Está bien, Maria. Pero sólo quiero un chin. / Okay, Maria. But I just want a little bit.

Example 2:

Dominican 1: Bueno, María. No llené, no. Dame un chin más de arroz, porfa. / Well, Maria. I’m still not full. Give me a little bit more rice, please.

So far we have learnt jumo, guayarse, deguabinao, jartura, yeyo, chepadiqueempepillar, moriqueta, decricaje, motete, pinta, timbí, clavo, chapusero, manganzón, titua, jociador, pecozón, pariguayo, chivato, quillao, bultero, agallú, arranca’o, apero, amemaobojote, boche, tiguere, guamaso, chichón, pelelengua, batatas, corodetaltalaocarajito and arretao therefore, if you missed out on any of your classes, you have time to catch up by clicking on any of these links.