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Spanish 101

January 30, 2011 02:56PM EST
Spanish 101

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica.  Within the more educated & touristy towns English also rolls off the tongues of many locals.  However, if you plan to travel by local bus or are lost in the middle of  “who-knows-where”, it’s good to have a few Spanish words tucked in your pocket.  In case you don’t, here are a few to learn before your trip to REV3 Cost Rica…

Very Basic:

Hola- hello
Habla espanol?-do you speak Spanish?
Como esta?- how are you?
Bien-fine (muy bien)-very good
Por favor-please
Gracias-thank you
De nada-you’re welcome
Lo siento-sorry
Buenos dias-good morning
Buenas tardes- good afternoon
Buenas noches- good evening
Donde esta…..?-where is…? (el bano/bathroom), (la playa/beach), (el taxi/taxi) (puleria/store)
Cuanto  cuesta?- how much is it?
Que hora es?  What time is it?
Necesito…-I need…
Quisiera…-I would like….
Ojo-watch out!
Ayudame-help me

Commonly used by locals:

Tico/Tica-Costa Rican man/woman
Como amanecio?-Hows it this morning?
Macha-blonde tourist girl
Pura Vida-pure life (it’s the motto in CR, live simple…)
Pura paja-whatever dude, crap, BS
Por dicha-thank goodness
Que tigra-ugh, bummer
Soque-hurry it up
A la gringa-the American way. (Gringos are Americans, not always a nice expression)
Quiesiera bailar conmigo?-do you want to dance with me?




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A Florida surfer girl, college graduate, and a heart to travel lead Bree to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Big Island Hawaii became her new home. There she would trade in her surf board for a bike and some running shoes and dive head first into triathlon…big goal…the Hawaii Ironman! In her 3rd full season of sport Bree competed in her first Ironman. With the support of her family, community, and her super coach Paul Regensburg, Bree not only finished her first Ironman she set the 25-29 age group record in 9:47 and broke Kate Major’s overall amateur record set in 2002! In her rookie season as a pro she earned podium finishes in both Ironman (2nd IM Japan) and 70.3 ( 3rd St. Croix) events. She also claimed her 2009 Pro Kona slot with a 4th place finish at Ironman Florida. With a huge desire to become the best triathlete she can be, Bree’s future in triathlon continues to looks bright!


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