A veritable country of regions, with vast differences between one and the other, Colombian Spanish can be a lot of things. Alternatively, however, it can very well mean Bogotá Spanish, a relatively neutral form used in several types of content.
A country of regions, Colombian voice over offers a vast amount of variations.You can go to the northern coast, the interior, the coffee growing region and much much more. This poses a challenge in voice over: sometimes we need many accents. Sometimes, though we may find that we need a so-called neutral Colombian accent. In that case, Bogotá accent may do the trick.
Spanish was brought to the territory which became Colombia by Spain. After the discovery of America in 1492, Spanish started to take root. The first major city, Santa Marta, was founded in 1525. The development of the country was quite complex thereafter. Gran Colombia, the first of several versions of the Republic, was founded in 1819.
To talk of Colombian Spanish is tricky. Colombian Spanish includes the particular variations and flavor of Spanish that are intrinsic to Colombia. It must be understood as a collection of flavors and variations depending on the region. When it comes to Colombian Spanish, we can also talk of a Neutral Colombian Spanish, so to speak, which could very well be a very neutral rendition of Bogotá Spanish.
The easiest way to divide Colombia is between the Caribbean region, the Andean region, the Pacific region, the Amazons and Orinoco region. But even this rudimentary division doesn’t tell the whole story. A more nuanced view is necessary. In this sense, we could identify the main versions of Colombian Spanish as Caribbean, Andean (divided into ‘Paisa’, Interior and South-Western), and then throw a broad blanket on the Amazon and the so-called national territories. Very complicated indeed.
What to do then? There are two alternatives. We can focus on the Colombian Spanish versions most popular abroad. We may identify ‘Paisa’ accent (mainly from Medellin) and perhaps Interior (Bogotá) as the two most recognizable. This is due to their preponderance in television exported abroad, perhaps.
Colombian Spanish Voice Over has several characteristics. There are several regional variations. There is also what we could call a Colombian Neutral voice. The characteristics of this voice are varied. Perhaps the easiest way to explain it is by comparing it to Mexican Neutral voice.
If you watch or listen to content in Spanish, you will generally notice that it’s voiced or dubbed in a neutral Mexican. Colombian neutral is very much the same, though more moderate and with a lesser and flatter intonation at the end of the words.
Now then, when is Colombian Spanish used? For starters, it will be necessary when we craft content for Colombia. It’s true that Colombia is a country of regions. One may be tempted to craft content for each specific region, but really neutral Colombian Spanish will do nicely for the whole territory.
Colombian Spanish is particularly prevalent in content produced in Colombia and sent all around the world. Telenovelas and TV series in particular feature this style of Spanish. Some of this content is produced exclusively in a sort of Colombian neutral (Bogotá neutral) Spanish. Other forms include different accents from around the country. As always, the content needs what it needs and it’s necessary to find the right talent to make it happen.
Colombia has a market economy characterised by massive urbanisation and expansion, but it’s still dominated by the beautiful Andes Mountains, and everyone still loves the local coffee. 92% of the population speaks Castilian with a touch of the local accent that sets Colombians apart from the Spanish. Voice overs for Colombia require local Colombian voice talent.
Getting in touch with Colombians means speaking Castilian – preferably with the local accent. In case you’re wondering if this is really important in the scheme of things, bear in mind that this is one of the most populous countries in the world. The audience you will reach with your voice over will consist of no less than 47 million people.
So what are you waiting for? Select your Colombian voice talent on BunnyStudio or allow us to find the specific voices you have in mind. Give us your script and in a matter of mere hours you can have the professional Colombian voice over that Colombians want to hear.