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Learning Spanish In Costa Rica for expats and tourists: Part 3

You can't call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang. 

Learning Spanish In Costa Rica Expats and Tourists: Part 2

You can't call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang. 

For my father, who loved Costa Rica

A Father's Day tribute.

Why learning another language keeps us young

I giggle and gasp as I discover these misunderstandings, or when I hear phrases that are normal to Spanish speakers but sound funny to me. Life would be less interesting without them.

Costa Rica is for lovers: the affectionate language of daily life

In this Valentine's Day-inspired return of the "Maeology" column, Katherine Stanley Obando explores Costa Rican terms for love.

Who’s on first? Misadventures in language-land

“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...

Learning Costa Rica Spanish : A truly Crappy Language Lesson

It’s not pretty, that’s for sure, but if you’re going to speak Spanish long enough to get a flat tire, or deal with significant bureaucratic trámites, or watch sports of any kind, or navigate the workplace, you’re going to hear it.

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

In English, I'm a crotchety old-school grump. I am an editor and a former English teacher, and happily embody the worst qualities of both, brandishing a red pen and waging a warring battle against change. In Spanish, I have no such loyalties. I have the tone deafness of the second-language learner.

You can’t speak Spanish in Costa Rica without huevos

At some point, you’ve just got to grab the Spanish language by the huevos. I’m sorry, but it has to be done, because if you live in Costa Rica, you might sometimes yearn for sharp cheddar cheese or real maple syrup, but you will never, ever lack for eggs, whether in your kitchen or in the language you hear every day.

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

Thanks to Tico Times readers, I learned that two ubiquitous Costa Rican slang words - tuanis and brete - have a fascinating Central American tale to tell.

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