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The official language of Colombia is '''[[Spanish]]'''.  
 
The official language of Colombia is '''[[Spanish]]'''.  
  
Besides the standard Spanish, 68 ethnic regional languages and dialects are recognised. English also official in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands. Some indigenous tribes in rural areas continue to speak their own languages, though almost all people from those tribes will be bilingual in their indigenous language and Spanish.
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Besides the standard Spanish, 68 ethnic regional languages and dialects are recognised. English also official in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands.Some indigenous tribes in rural areas continue to speak their own languages, though almost all people from those tribes will be bilingual in their indigenous language and Spanish.
  
 
If you've recently learned Spanish, its a relief to know that the Bogota dialect is clear and easy to understand. The Spanish does vary, however, from Cartagena to Bogota to Cali. Generally the Spanish on the coasts is spoken more rapidly, and Spanish from Medellin has its own idiosyncrasies. Note that in cities like Medellín and Cali, the dialect of Spanish is the ''voseo'' form. Meaning that instead of the second person familiar pronoun ''tú'', ''vos'' is used instead. Though ''tú'' is also understood by everybody, ''vos'' is a more friendly voice while ''tú'' is reserved for intimate circles. The Spanish spoken along the Caribbean coast is similar to the dialects spoken in spoken in [[Cuba]], [[Puerto Rico]] and [[Dominican Republic]].
 
If you've recently learned Spanish, its a relief to know that the Bogota dialect is clear and easy to understand. The Spanish does vary, however, from Cartagena to Bogota to Cali. Generally the Spanish on the coasts is spoken more rapidly, and Spanish from Medellin has its own idiosyncrasies. Note that in cities like Medellín and Cali, the dialect of Spanish is the ''voseo'' form. Meaning that instead of the second person familiar pronoun ''tú'', ''vos'' is used instead. Though ''tú'' is also understood by everybody, ''vos'' is a more friendly voice while ''tú'' is reserved for intimate circles. The Spanish spoken along the Caribbean coast is similar to the dialects spoken in spoken in [[Cuba]], [[Puerto Rico]] and [[Dominican Republic]].

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