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OCUPAR (o-ku-paɾ) From the Latin occupāre. So, you may be thinking this Spanish word slightly resembles the English word “occupy,” right? Like in “to occupy a territory” (as an infinitive) or “the restroom is occupied” (as an adjective). And, as a matter of fact, “occupy” is an accurate translation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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