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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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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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Literally, this (Costa Rican) Spanish word means “firecracker”. It is a widely used term used to describe a person with the following personality traits, for instance: Someone who is braggy (be it a man or a woman): Example: ¡Ese señor sí es bombeta. Es un rajón! We could interpret this

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Bocas (boh-kahs): Literally, the word “bocas” means mouths. Bocas are the quintessential snacks in Costa Rican cuisine, commonly found in bars and restaurants all over the place. Granted, many Spanish tapas are killer. But Costa Rican bocas are, hands down, tough competitors. Some of our bocas are cultural imports but

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BOMBA (bom-ba) “Bomba” is a term which has a few meanings in Costa Rica. If you look up the term in, let’s say, Wordference, your English equivalents will be like bomb, pump and bombshell. Most of the time, Costa Ricans will use the word “Bomba” to refer to a gas

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