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Dominican English Dictionary: Jociador

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All right, all right … this has become kinda serious, because this time we bring you the Dominican word number 18, which means we have approximately 4 and half months teaching you the way we communicate in the Dominican Republic.

Our hope is to facilitate a better understanding between Dominicans and foreigners, which is why we’re bringing you one Dominican word per week, to help you comprehend our unusual yet creative form of speech. The word of this week “Jociador” was chosen because our editor, Rebecca Hughes, gave us all a laugh in this office by using this word incorrectly – she actually thought it was someone’s name!


1-“Jociador” is synonymous of a “unremitting”, “hard-working”, “diligent” person, who despite the obstacles always seeks to achieve its objective in one way or another.

Example 1:

Dominican 1:  Para hacer este trabajo tienes que ser un jociador / To do this job you must be a hard-working men

Dominican 2: Entonces pienso que soy la persona indicada So I think I am the right person

Example 2:

Nunca había conocido a nadie tan jociador como Carlos  / I had never met anyone so diligent as Carlos

So far we have learnt jumo, guayarse, deguabinao, jartura, yeyo, chepadiqueempepillar, moriqueta, decricaje, motete, pinta, timbí, clavo, chapusero, manganzón, titua therefore if you missed out on any of your classes you have time to catch up by clicking on any of these links.

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