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Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 3
Arts & Culture
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Arts & Culture
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Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 3

Christopher Howard - June 14, 2019

You can’t call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang. Over the past two weeks, we brought you Parts 1 and 2 of our…

Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 2
Arts & Culture
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Arts & Culture
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Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 2

Christopher Howard - June 6, 2019

You can’t call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang. Last week, we brought you Part 1 of our Tico Talk series on…

Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 1
Arts & Culture
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Arts & Culture
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Tico Talk for expats and tourists: Part 1

Christopher Howard - May 31, 2019

You can't call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang. Tiquismos, as they are known, play an important role in most daily conversations.…

For my father, who loved Costa Rica
Maeology
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Maeology
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For my father, who loved Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - June 17, 2018

One of my favorite things about my five-year-old daughter is that before she runs anywhere, she winds up like a cartoon character. She leans back on her…

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
8859 views

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
2386 views

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
2447 views

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…

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