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Using “Vos” or “Usted” in Costa Rica

  According to the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas, voseo means to use the pronominal “vos” form when talking to somebody. Though this has been shown in a previous post to be a phenomenon of the River Plate region, in Costa Rica, as in a great number of countries in the Americas, the pronoun “vos” is adopted when referring to the second person singular. However, contrary […]

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Costa Rican Academy of Language

As a non-profit cultural association, the goal of the Costa Rican Language Academy is to nurture, protect and study the Spanish language, especially the variety spoken within its territory. In addition, it is also concerned with the study of indigenous languages ​​in the region. In this sense, it has the same general objectives as the […]

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Costa Rican Spanish

As we have been showing in the various articles about each of the Spanish-speaking countries in America, and Central America is also proud of its diverse Spanish. We insist that all Spanish speakers can understand each other, but it is noteworthy that every nation and every region can have its own characteristics. This is precisely […]

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What to Keep in Mind when Translating and Localizing into Latin American Spanish

When translating texts to be used in Latin America, we must keep in mind the subtle differences that exist from country to country with respect to not only cultural differences, but also to everyday terms. This may also be applied to a business context; if a client needs to implement a product in Latin America, […]

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Americanisms and Mexicanisms

An “Americanism” is a phrase from one of the native American languages, which is incorporated into other languages, or a word of those languages (especially Spanish and English) that is created or modified in its usage because American speakers. Examples from Spanish accepted into the Royal Academy Dictionary, 2001 edition, are: * Baulera. (Argentina). Back […]

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Language in Sports: Communication in European Football

Photo by: Кирилл Крыжановский

Football (or soccer, as it’s known to North Americans) is the world’s most popular sport. In all corners of the globe, one can find football being played. It’s only natural, then, that at its highest club level ﹘ the domestic and continental competitions of Europe ﹘ there are players from a vast number of different nationalities and cultures. And […]

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A menu in Spanish

Continuing with the “Olympic spirit”, I read recently that before the 2006 Olympic Games in Peking, the city carried out a translation and a “standardization” of food names into English. This was done to avoid confusion and mistakes that frequently appear in restaurant menus. In doing this the government wanted to make it easier for […]

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