Speak Argentine With Carlos Gardel

dialects Nov 05, 2020

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Beloved tango legend Carlos Gardel is one of Argentina's national icons and has been celebrated throughout Latin America for his espousal of tango music. While its believed that Gardel was born in France, he grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and thus spoke in a rioplatense dialect, which he uses in the lyrics of his tangos. 

In Argentina and Uruguay, it’s most common to vosear or to use the vos conjugation instead of , which means ‘you’ in English. Other countries in Latin America also use vos, however, the vos has completely replaced the  in Argentinean and Uruguayan Spanish, making it a very obvious way to note these regions' form of speech.

👆Check out his song Por una cabeza for more context.

In the first couple of lines of the tango, Gardel sings:

Por una cabeza, de un noble potrillo
Que justo en la raya, afloja al llegar
Y que al regresar, parece decir
No olvides, hermano
Vos sabes, no hay que jugar

Here we can see Gardel use vos. If you listen closely, you'll also notice that he pronounces 'sabes' with inflection on the e, making it sound like "sabeeees." This is another particularity of Argentine Spanish. 

So next time you're in Argentina or trying to communicate with an Argentinean, use Por una cabeza to refresh your Argentine Spanish skillz.

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