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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…

The bird who rules Costa Rica, and the language of rain
Maeology
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Maeology
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The bird who rules Costa Rica, and the language of rain

Katherine Stanley - November 14, 2017

It was still pitch black when I sat up in bed, thoroughly annoyed. “What is that damned noise?” I asked my husband, on whom the incredible din…

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

Katherine Stanley - 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…

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

Katherine Stanley - 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…

On tweeting and twitteando: Should we resist when languages change?
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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On tweeting and twitteando: Should we resist when languages change?

Katherine Stanley - April 20, 2015

Recommended: La horma de mi zapato - on love and taxis As a political observer, I have found living in Costa Rica to be hugely freeing. In…

You can’t speak Spanish without huevos
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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You can’t speak Spanish without huevos

Katherine Stanley - January 19, 2015

Recommended: The real secret of the world's happiest country - grapes and MacGyver Most weeks, I aspire to examine Costa Rican language and culture with as much…

The amazing true story of ‘tuanis’ and ‘brete’ – words to be thankful for
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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The amazing true story of ‘tuanis’ and ‘brete’ – words to be thankful for

Katherine Stanley - November 24, 2014

In this week of Thanksgiving, here are three things that have me feeling grateful. The first is, well, you, for sending so many kind and interesting responses to…

An A-Z guide to Costa Rican football slang: Watch the World Cup final like a Tico
Brazil 2014
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Brazil 2014
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An A-Z guide to Costa Rican football slang: Watch the World Cup final like a Tico

L. Arias - July 11, 2014

The final mejenga ("match") of the World Cup is set for Sunday afternoon. While La Sele ("Costa Rica's national team") won't be playing, you can still watch…

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