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Chilean Spanish
Español chileno
Pronunciation [espaˈɲol tʃiˈleno]
Native to Chile
Native speakers 17.4 million  (2015)
Language family
Indo-European
  • Italic
    • Romance
      • Western
        • Ibero-Romance
          • West Iberian
            • Castilian languages
Writing system Latin (Spanish alphabet)

Chilean Spanish (Spanish: español chileno or castellano de Chile) is the variety of Spanish spoken in most of Chile. Though still entirely mutually intelligible with standard Spanish, Chilean Spanish has distinctive pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and slang usage. Spanish speakers often say that Chileans speak very quickly and "mix up words". Non-native speakers who are competent in Spanish may find the Chilean variety to be difficult to understand unless they have built up an ear for it.

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