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Say you, say me: using tú, vos and usted
Language Lessons
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Language Lessons
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Say you, say me: using tú, vos and usted

Kate Galante - March 1, 2018

Back in the days when many people outside of Latin America thought that all the region had to offer was tacos, Chiquita Banana, and Desi Arnaz, Spanish…

Of maes and men: intercultural marriage in Costa Rica
Maeology
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Maeology
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Of maes and men: intercultural marriage in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - February 14, 2018

At the heart of Costa Rican language and, in many ways, the heart of the way my husband talks, is the word mae. A little like “man”…

Ojalá: A Costa Rican sense of luck
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Ojalá: A Costa Rican sense of luck

Raquel Chanto - December 29, 2017

As the clock strikes midnight and the fireworks light up the night sky on Sunday, thousands of Costa Rican families will have prepared for the rituals that,…

Costa Rica, The Quiz: How much has your adopted country changed you?
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Costa Rica, The Quiz: How much has your adopted country changed you?

The Tico Times - September 13, 2017

See also: You can't speak Spanish without huevos What’s the sound of one hand clapping? In Costa Rica, it’s a delicious little snap-snap-snap made by holding the…

Why learning another language keeps us young
Maeology
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Maeology
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Why learning another language keeps us young

The Tico Times - June 4, 2017

Recommended: What Costa Rica taught me about motherhood, whether I like it or not When you’re tuckered out from a long day using Costa Rican slang at…

A room of our own: Costa Rican choteo and Virginia Woolf
Love in Translation
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Love in Translation
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A room of our own: Costa Rican choteo and Virginia Woolf

The Tico Times - May 9, 2017

See also: Costa Rica is for lovers - the affectionate language of daily life When I worked in English-language education and visited an advanced young-adult class in…

The Tico Times’ second book pays homage to Costa Rican life and language
Artists
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Artists
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The Tico Times’ second book pays homage to Costa Rican life and language

The Tico Times - December 5, 2016

The Tico Times Publications Group is pleased to announce that its second book, “Love in Translation: Letters to my Costa Rican Daughter,” is now available worldwide. The…

Spik Up! Say What?
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Spik Up! Say What?

Cas Ayala - April 2, 2016

Three days after Revista Summa published its piece on the launch of Florida Ice and Farm's new drink, "Spik Up," Fabrizio Ureña, a radio producer and English…

Who’s on first? Misadventures in language-land
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Who’s on first? Misadventures in language-land

Mitzi Stark - August 9, 2015

“Who's on First,” the famous dialogue by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello about baseball players with funny names, was first used in 1938 and is still recalled…

Brush up your bathroom Spanish: a truly crappy language lesson
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Brush up your bathroom Spanish: a truly crappy language lesson

The Tico Times - July 20, 2015

“What’s so funny?” my husband asked as I cleaned coffee off our morning paper – the coffee I’d just spit up all over the page. I read…