Uruguayan Spanish

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Uruguayan Spanish or Uruguayan Castilian (Spanish: Español uruguayo o castellano Uruguayano) is Spanish variety spoken in Uruguay and by the Uruguayan diaspora. Uruguayan Spanish is rioplatense Spanish but it differs with the rioplatense spoken in Argentina in a few words. For example, Uruguayans use the word championes instead of the Argentine zapatillas.


  • Strong influence of Italian and its dialects because of the big Italian communities (Montevideo and Paysandú). The Uruguayan accent is very different the accents of Spain and other Latin American countries, except for Argentina, due to Italian influence. There are many Italian words incorporated in the language (nona, cucha, fainá, chapar, parlar, festichola, etc.) and of Italian derivation (for example: mina derived from femmina, or pibe from pivello).

Tuteo and voseo[edit]

The variety used in Montevideo and the whole southern region exhibits voseo, with the pronoun vos used instead of . In the rest of the country is more commonly used instead of vos. In some areas, is used, but with the conjugation corresponding to vos, as in: tú tenés, instead of tú tienes (tuteo) or vos tenés (voseo).

Tuteo is much more common than voseo in Rocha and in some parts of Maldonado.

The formal pronoun usted is used in very formal contexts, such as when speaking to government authorities.

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