Becoming part of the community in Costa Rica is a great challenge that every student studying Spanish should bravely take on!  Essentially, immersing yourself into the Costa Rican culture will help you improve your Spanish language skills as well as lessen the possible effects of culture shock. Unfortunately, it sounds easier that it really is.  How can we really fit in here?
Rule #1: Socialize

Intercultura - Heredia was featured recently by the Tico Times, the Costa Rican National English newspaper.  Heredia is a great place to learn Spanish in Costa Rica.   Click here to read the article.

Die kleinen I-Tüpfelchen, die dein Spanischprogramm verschönern.

2. Tipp: Sushi Nippon - Leckeres Sushi zu fairen Preisen im netten Ambiente Centro Comercial Plaza Heredia

Die Sushi Bar Nippon, ganz in der Nähe der Nationaluniversität, ist definitiv einen Besuch wert. Das kleine, sympathische Restaurant mit internationalem Flair ist gemütlich und einladend. Die lockere und frische Stimmung lädt zum Verweilen und Plaudern ein.

      Last week I was walking home when I saw a group of Ticos right off the road. My interest piqued and I decided to see what all of the commotion was about. To my surprise, what I thought was a small space opened into a long hallway, and then turned into a maze of entrances and exits expanding a couple city blocks to make up what the locals call the Mercado Central, or Central Market.

According to recent research published in the New York Times, being bilingual makes you smarter! It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. Even more reason to study Spanish in Costa Rica! For the complete article, please visit the New York Times. 

With its colonial feel and old-fashioned ambiance, Barva is a must-visit if you enjoy exploring a town with deep cultural roots. Surrounded by vast coffee plantations, coffee cultivation is this town’s main industry. However, many locals are also known for being excellent artisans and craftsmen. Recently in an attempt to beautify the town’s Central Park, different Costa Rican artists from all across the country donated statues to help give the park a face-lift.

Climbing a volcano is like learning a language: keep putting one foot in front of the other and you'll soon achieve your goal.  Confused? Let me explain...

If you want to really learn Spanish in Costa Rica, you need to learn the sayings and slang.  You may be listening to a conversation between two Ticos, or Costa Ricans, and not understand a single word of it!  Ticos are famous for their creativity and use of sayings, or dichos, to get their point across.  Check out this list of Costa Rican dichos and and this list of

Schon ausprobiert? Die kleinen I-Tüpfelchen, die dein Spanischprogramm verschönern!

Das Schöne an Heredia ist, dass man beim Schlendern durch die Straßen hier und da niedliche Souvenir-Geschäfte, kleine Cafés und Restaurants entdecken kann.

Costa Rica was named in the top 5 greenest countries in the world by Yale and Columbia Universities.

Costa Rica is the only country outside Europe in the top 10 list that includes: Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, France, Austria, Italy, U.K. and Sweden.  For more information, click here!