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What Means No Me Toquen El Pito in Costa Rica

What Means No Me Toquen El Pito in Costa Rica

Estimated Reading Time: 3 Minutes If you say no me toquen el pito in Costa Rica, make sure you’re sitting in your car. If you are not, this can become quite a misunderstanding, especially if you are a male. Tocar el pito means honking. Another way to say honking is tocar la bocina or tocar la […]

What is qué vaina in Costa Rica?

What is qué vaina in Costa Rica?

Estimated Reading Time: 3 Minutes Qué vaina is one of those expressions your landlord might use when you complain about a leak in the roof. Or when your coffee maker stopped working and you’re asking for another. In this case, the translation is “what a problem”. But. instead of qué vaina, it is also possible […]

Pull a cake - Jalarse una torta

Pull a cake – Jalarse una torta

Have you ever tried to pull yourself a cake or jalarse torta? That doesn’t make a lot of sense in English, but it does in Spanish. You really wouldn’t want to pull yourself a cake, believe me. That’s why learning a new language can be so difficult for many. You cannot just translate word for word […]

Learn basic Spanish before you move to Costa Rica

Learn basic Spanish before you move to Costa Rica

This picture got your attention, didn’t it? Well, that’s what I needed because when I start telling people that you should learn basic Spanish before moving to Costa Rica, most don’t pay attention. Imagine, you get stopped in your home town by a Latin, asking in Spanish where the grocery store is located. What would […]