A tranquil setting in Costa Rica

A tranquil setting in Costa Rica

Tico Slang:
English/Costa Rican Spanish Dictionary

Learning Costa Rican Spanish one word at time

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No matter whether traveling to the Republic of Costa Rica as a tourist, or with the intention of moving there as an expatriate, this guide will serve you well. Intended for English speakers, this book's Spanish/English dictionary shares common slang words and phrases that will help you communicate in everyday situations like ordering dinner in a restaurant, shopping at the mercado for fresh produce, flirting, getting street directions, or hiring a taxi.

That said, be advised this little book is neither a complete course in learning the Spanish Language nor a textbook, Instead it is an introduction to Costa Rican Spanish.

Suffice it to say, this is a good pocket beginners guide you handily can carry on your travels in your back pocket or backpack. Finally, we have used a large font to make the text eminently more readable.

Middle Coast Language Series
Trade Paperback: 66 pages
Language: English/Costa Rican Spanish
ISBN-13: 978-0934523547
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces

Tico Slang Sampler

Tico/a - A Tico is a Costa Rican man and a Tica is a Costa Rican woman.
Pura Vida - Lliterally means “pure life,” and it's used as a greeting, a goodbye or a way to say thank you or you’re welcome.
Mae - A multipurpose word, but instead of meaning “pure life,” it means man (as in I love you man) dude or guy. Tuanis - means basically cool.
Diay / Idiay - expresses disbelief or confusion, but it can also be used as a pause in the conversation.
Mejenga - means a pick-up soccer game or informal soccer game among friends. Jupa - means “head.” If someone is stubborn, that person may be called jupón (big head).
Ruco “horse.” It can also refer toy an old bachelor. Una Teja A teja is a word for a roof tile, but in Costa Rica it’s also slang 100-colones coins.


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