Culture of Cuba

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The Culture Of Cuba

Andrew Mengel

Moravian College

The Culture of Cuba Cuba has a complex but rich culture that has been broadening in all aspects in its society. Its semi-forbidden access to Americans makes it a curious destination for adventitious people. The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba has been inhabited since the mid-1400s by various Mesoamerican tribes, until 1492 when Christopher Columbus invaded the island and took it over. It remained a colony of Spain until the Spanish-American war in 1898, and briefly became a colony of the United States. A few years later, Cuba than gained nominal independence from America in 1902 and functioned under a democratic republic, despite weak leaders in their national
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They both use a similar alphabet, but the way their grammar is structured, along with the philosophy of the language, it varies in many ways. Spanish is a very phonetic language, meaning every letter represents one sound. (Brown and Patten) On the contrary, English is very irregular when it comes to spelling and pronunciation. For instance, look at the way the following words vary even though the sounds are similar- Barry, berry and bury. Although the same sounds are being used, the words are completely different in definition and in context. Another difference is Spanish categorizes certain groups of words by masculine and feminine, as do most languages. (Brown and Patten) However, English has no gender restrictions besides pronouns. There are also differences in the sentence structure that both languages possess. Spanish verbs always agree with the subject, where in English, the verbs are based on if they are being used in the past, present or future. Finally, one other striking difference in the language is the vocabulary that is associated with each language. Spanish has a rich vocabulary, however they all derive from Latin or originated from a Spanish culture, making the language more pure. English, on the other hand, has adopted words from various languages and is a mixed. (Brown and Patten) For example, king (Old English), zero (Arabic), royal (French), cargo (Spanish), and sovereign (Latin)-
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