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Pura Vida: 19 Costa Rican Spanish Phrases You Must Know Before You Visit

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 other hand, are street Spanish expressions that can be considered […]

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Travel Like a Local: How to Prepare for a Trip to a Spanish Speaking Country

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 you really ready to take advantage of a full cultural […]

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Ultimate Guide to Puerto Rican Spanish: Decoding Boricua Slang and Expressions

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 your Spanish courses, you never really learned that there are […]

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Confessions of a Black Traveler in Buenos Aires 

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 you’re learning Spanish and traveling in Latin America. This is […]

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Dominican Spanish 101: Guide to Dominican Slang and Expressions from Vaina to Qué Lo Que

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 shares an island with modern day Haiti to its west. […]

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Cuban Spanish 101: Cuban Slang, Phrases, and Expressions from Asere to Yuma

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 down the unique way Cubans speak Spanish, and give you […]