Panama has had a long-standing relationship with the United States since 1903 when the construction of the Panama Canal began. As a result of this close relationship, English was spoken in the former Panama Canal Zone.
Most Panamanians are bilingual in Panama City. As you roam around the metropolis you will find English and Spanish signs everywhere. Such is the case in these pictures. “Parking” is an English word which translates to “Estacionamiento” in Spanish. The green sign reads “Bienvenidos” which translates to “Welcome” in English. Understanding English has been highly beneficial to Panama’s economy since it has become an international financial hub where English is mandatory.