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A new week means a new word… better said a new Dominican word! We hope this week has been wonderful, and full of learning, so as a bonus to you all, here we add a little fun knowledge of the Dominican language… 

Our hope is to facilitate a better understanding between Dominicans and foreigners, which is why we’re bring you one Dominican word per week, to help you comprehend our unusual yet creative form of speech.

This week’s word is “motete” which is normally used when someone is referring to too many things being in the way, unnecessary stuff, it’s a very popular word in the Dominican Republic.


“Motete”  means “a pack of”, “bunch” or “things/ stuff”; personal belongings, clothes, outfits, furniture. Something that is considered as an extra; usually many objects that are in the way and taking up space.

Example 1:

“El preparó sus motetes y se fue de la casa.” / “He prepared his things and took off from the house”

Example 2:

“Quita todos esos motetes del medio de la sala” / “Remove all of those things from the middle of the living room.”

Example 3:

“Puedes poner todos tus motetes ahí” / “You can put all of your stuff there.”

*synonyms: féferes, cachivaches, tereque, coroto
(You can substitute the word “motetes” for any of the synonyms stated above).

So far we have learnt jumo, guayarse, deguabinao, jartura, yeyo, chepadiqueempepillar, moriqueta, decricaje, therefore if you missed out on any of your classes you have time to catch up by clicking on any of the links found above.