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A little bit of Nicaraguan Spanish – The Verb Dilatar

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About two weeks ago I caught up with an old friend who had spent a bit of time in Nicaragua.   As we were talking about various things she said ¿Cuánto tiempo dilata? .   With what I’m sure was a perplexed look on my face, I said ¿Cómo?.  I had most certainly not heard the word dilata (from the verb dilatar)  before.

Para no alargar el cuento (to make a long story short), it turns out that in Nicaragua the verb dilatar is used a synonym of tardar

Let’s look at an example:

Using tardar you can say:

¿Cuánto tiempo tarda el vuelo?
How long is the flight?

But in Nicaragua you might hear:

¿Cuánto tiempo dilata el vuelo?

Pretty sweet right?

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