Chile’s official language is Spanish although there are also a number of indigenous communities such as the Aymará (northern Andes), Mapudungún (southern Chile), and Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
Chileans use a mix of local, foreign, and indigenous words on a day to day basis and they speak in a quick and distinct tone, often missing off the letter “s” at the end of words. This can make it hard to understand.
Chile is a melting-pot of ethnicities featuring a strong mix of influences especially between Spanish settlers and the indigenous population. The society and culture were also influenced by waves of immigration from the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
The recent arrival of immigrants from Peru, Colombia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, and Africa has taken Chilean culture and society into a whole new, and exciting realm.