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lexitico chiquita
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CHIQUITO/CHIQUITA (tʃi-ki-to/tʃi-ki-ta) “Chiquito” and “chiquita” are, respectively, the male and female diminutive forms of “chico/chica”. If you look up these two words in a Spanish dictionary, you will notice that “chiquito/chiquita” are adjectives used to describe one object/person or compare two or more objects or persons that are smaller/shorter in

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Tráfico is an interesting word, a noun to be exact. It may be construed as such dissimilar things as: “the act of trafficking”, “the circulation of vehicles”, “the movement or transit of people or goods”, or “the act of smuggling and dealing illegal substances”, amongst other things. So, there is

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Hope for Those Who Need It Most
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Costa Rica, a country whose economy is mainly based on tourism, suffers the consequences of COVID-19 beyond the health impacts. Many businesses and services have been suspended or closed, leaving thousands of families without income. According to preliminary data from researcher Luis Ángel Oviedo (IICE-UCR), 61,000 families are being directly

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¿ME REGALA? (me ɾe-ga-la): According to the Diccionario de la Lengua Española (Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy), the verb regala” means “to give someone something without receiving anything in return.” The verb regalar is closely linked in meaning to the word regalo which means “present” or “gift.” If you own

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Many foreign nationals visit Costa Rica to enjoy its natural beauties such as its volcanoes, mountains, rivers, beaches, and the varied wildlife. It is a peaceful country full of many opportunities. Many of Costa Rica’s visitors end up living in here and building a new life. A few years down

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PULPERIA (pool-peh-ree-ah)  Pulperías are typical grocery stores commonly found in many Latin American countries, namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela. They date back to as far as the XVI century in South America and many struggle to survive in today’s highly

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PARQUEAR(SE) (paɾ-kay-aɾ-se) ¿Parquear, estacionar o aparcar? Such is the question! Parquear is a verb used also in Mexico, Panama, and Puerto Rico and has the same meaning: ”to park.” The verb estacionar is mostly used in the Southern Cone countries such as Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, whereas aparcar is

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(ESTAR) CON TODA LA PATA (es-taɾ kon to-ða la pa-ta): Estar and ser are usually the first verbs one is taught when learning Spanish. This makes a whole lot of sense because both estar and ser are the infinitive forms of the English verb “to be” which you learned when

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DAR PELOTA (A ALGUIEN) (daɾ pe-lo-ta a al-ɣjen): The expression dar pelota implies that someone is flirting with someone, taking notice of someone, or paying attention to someone. Interestingly, pelota and bola are both used, sometimes interchangeably, to refer to a football/soccer ball. While these terms are both synonyms, one

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CON MUCHO GUSTO/CON GUSTO (moo-cho guhs-toh) What words first come to mind when you think of the most commonly used words? Tough question, huh? What comes to my mind? I’d start with words such as: thank you (gracias); hello (hola); good-bye (adiós); love (amor); friends (amigos); and so forth. It’s obviously

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