The Language in the Schools
In the 18th century, many Puerto Rican children attended small schools, studied with their familes or worked with their familes and did not study academics. When the United States gained control of Puerto Rico, each child had the opportunity to learn but they had to learn in English. This presented a problem because there were not many teachers, let alone students who understood English. In 1948 the United States government permited Puerto Ricans to learn in Spanish and now students learn in both languages.(njn.net)
Almost 500 words in Puerto Rican Spanish are of the Taino language and there are also words from the East Africans that are now a part of the Puerto Rican language.
The Puerto Rican Word Other Spanish Word English
Colibrí Picaflor Hummingbird
Mime Mosca Fly
Cacique Jefe/Líder Chief/Leader