Costa Rica, like many other countries, is rich in expressions or idioms. Costa Ricans are colloquially called “ticos” because of their frequent use of the diminutive ending -ico. Colloquial expressions characteristic of Costa Rica, or tiquismos, are used frequently in the country. Pachuquismos, on the… Read More »Pura Vida: 19 Costa Rican Spanish Phrases You Must Know Before You Visit
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Turn Your Vacation into a True Cultural Immersion Experience You are ready to explore Latin America and want to talk to the locals and practice your newfound Spanish skills. You bought the plane ticket, booked the hotel, and looked up some local attractions. But are… Read More »Travel Like a Local: How to Prepare for a Trip to a Spanish Speaking Country
Imagine you just stepped foot off the plane in San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport. You feel like you have a pretty good command of Spanish, and you’re confident you will be able to talk to the locals. There’s just one problem. In all of… Read More »Ultimate Guide to Puerto Rican Spanish: Decoding Boricua Slang and Expressions
The topic of race is usually controversial, and even more so when you throw in the complexities of cultural and language barriers. When Sam approached me with this article, I thought it was perfect for addressing the importance of having a cultural IQ when… Read More »Confessions of a Black Traveler in Buenos Aires
What does it mean when Dominicans say vaina or qué lo que? Here is your quick guide to Dominican Spanish and Slang The Dominican Republic, or República Dominicana, is a remarkably beautiful country. Named Quisqueya (meaning “mother of all lands”) by the indigenous people, it… Read More »Dominican Spanish 101: Guide to Dominican Slang and Expressions from Vaina to Qué Lo Que
Planning a trip to the beautiful island of Cuba? Or maybe you want to understand the slang used by your Cuban friends when you hear things like Asere or Yuma (no, Google translate won’t help you.) Well you’ve come to the right place. I’ll break… Read More »Cuban Spanish 101: Cuban Slang, Phrases, and Expressions from Asere to Yuma
Guide to Caribbean Spanish slang and expressions. Explores the Spanish language spoken in the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and includes sample words and phrases with audio and infographic.
If you have just started learning Spanish, or have been studying for some time, you may still be wondering what is the best type of Spanish to learn. Spanish is a diverse language spoken in countries from Europe to South America and the Caribbean. Some… Read More »What Type of Spanish Should I Learn?
A few weeks ago, I ran into a Spanish speaker from Argentina at one of my Spanish meetups. I immediately noticed his accent, and how different it is from every other Spanish dialect. In this guest post by James Granahan of Lingua Materna, you will… Read More »4 Surprising Facts about Argentine Spanish