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Aguevado or Pura Vida, depending on your mood

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Aguevado or Pura Vida, depending on your mood

In Costa Rica, the word Aguevado is kind of the opposite of the well-known Pura Vida.

This word is almost as much used as Pura Vida, tuanis, or Mae. So I thought it necessary you include agüevado in your dictionary when you live in Costa Rica.

Moving to Costa Rica is easy; adjusting to your new home country is not. Unless you learn at least basic Spanish, Tiquismos, and even some Pachuco! Let’s start today.

Aguevado or agüevado, can also be written as ahuevado, but the “g” needs to be pronounced.

The word agüevado is mostly used to express the mood of a person, but with a variety of meanings.


Estoy totalmente aguevado, compré la propiedad equivocada = I am totally depressed, I bought the wrong property.

How sad

Qué agüevado que no pude comprar aquel condominio = How sad that couldn’t buy that condo.


La fiesta de inauguración anoche estaba agüevadísima = Last night’s housewarming party was incredibly boring.

Ultra bored, lazy, and a total nuisance – Estoy requete agüevado.


Estoy bien aguevado por no poder comprarme una casa con piscina = I am frustrated because I won’t be able to buy a house with a swimming pool.


Aquel corredor de bienes raices no sirve, me tiene bien agüevado = That real estate agent is no good, he annoys me.

Aguevado or Pura Vida, depending on your mood
Such a boring party last night!


Estoy super agüevado con el vendedor, no me quiere bajar el precio de esta casa = I’m very disappointed with the seller; he doesn’t want to come down on the price of the house.


Me agüeva que me llega tanto spam a mi correo = It is tiring to receive so much spam emails in my inbox.


Deje de estar agüevadandonos, ya sabemos que compramos una casa que no nos gusta = stop bothering us, we know we bought a house that we don’t like.


Estoy demasiado agüevado para ir a ver mas terrenos hoy = I’m too lazy to go see more building lots today.

Many thanks again to Alf Giebler, the writer of “A lo Tico”  and Christopher Howard, who has conducted one-of-a-kind relocation and retirement tours to Central America since 1997.

If you like to learn more about Costa Rican culture and how to prevent culture shock, read more blogs about this topic.

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4 thoughts on “Aguevado or Pura Vida, depending on your mood”

  • Tom Rosenberger

    8 October, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Soy vago hoy, pero todavía voy a leer el agüevado blog de Ivo. jajaja

    • Ivo Henfling

      8 October, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Tan agüevado es el blog o sos vos el agüevado!

      • Roberto Sauma

        8 October, 2017 at 1:18 pm

        Nada agüevado, esta muy bueno !!!!

        • Ivo Henfling

          9 October, 2017 at 8:50 am

          gracias doctor!


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