Meaning of #cuba😃 #tainolanguage #translation

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The name Cuba is derived from the Taíno language, and may be translated either as ‘where fertile land is abundant’ (cubao) or ‘great place’ (coabana).Taino is an Arawakan language of the Caribbean, originally spoken in what is now Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

Today there are two Taino languages: the original Taino tongue–which, though not spoken as a first language today, is being taught to Taino children in an active language revival program–and a unique Spanish-Taino creole, spoken by many Taino people, using Spanish grammar but with half of its vocabulary words Taino in origin. As with many creoles, monolingual Spanish speakers cannot understand this new Taino-Spanish language at all.