Learning Spanish In Costa Rica

Spanish is the national language of Costa Rica, however, local dialects coin unique terms and phrases that are specific to particular regions. It is a great idea to familiarize yourself with some basic Spanish before you go. Knowing some common gestures and questions will not only make your life a lot easier, it will show respect for the Tico people and their culture.

Common Lingo:

Gracias - thanks
Bueno - good
Bien - well
Adiós - good-bye (or hello if in passing)
Dios - God
Mañana - tomorrow
Ya - already, later, soon (some Spanish words can have varying meanings)
Que pasa - "what's up" or "what's happening"
Muchas gracias - "much thanks"
Como esta usted - "how are you?"
Muy bien - "very well"
Hasta luego - "until later"
Con permiso - "with your permission"

Common Nicknames:

Gordo - chubby
Flaco - skinny
Macho - light-skinned, light-haired
Negro - dark skin
Chino - refers to Asian people
Gato - green or blue eyes
Mamita - little mother

Some Slang Terms:

Maje - pal or buddy (though the word literally translates to "dummy")
Pura vida - terrific
Tuanis - cool
Salado - too bad for you

 

Below are listings of schools that offer Spanish language classes:


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Location:
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1893 E Skyline Dr. Suite 121, S. Ogden, UT 84403
Phone: (866) 977-2647    Fax: (801) 475-4446
Email: dave@spanishprograms.com

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Spanish is the national language of Costa Rica, however, local dialects coin unique terms and phrases that are specific to particular regions. It is a great idea to familiarize yourself with some basic Spanish before you go.

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