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Laura Chinchilla, Presidente de Costa Rica, con Adelita Jiménez, socia fundadora del Centro de Idiomas INTERCULTURA, para el proyecto de la casa comunitaria para niños, donde trabajan los voluntarios de Intercultura. Se elogió a Intercultura por su participación y apoyo logístico para con el centro.

 

Want to practice your Spanish? Listen to songs in Spanish while you read the lyrics... Look for songs by these Costa Rican artists online:

Guadalupe Urbina (in photo)

Max Goldenberg

Malpaís

Los de la Bajura

Evolución

Sasha Campbell

¡Buena Suerte!

 

SABER vs. CONOCER

TWO WAYS OF KNOWING IN SPANISH

conocer: conozco, conoces, conoce, conocemos, conocéis, conocen
saber: sé, sabes, sabe, sabemos, sabéis saben

Conocer indicates familiarity or recognition and is mostly used for people and places:

SPANISH ACCENTS SUMMARY

1. An accent mark indicates stress on a syllable other than the next-to-last for words ending in –n, -s, or a vowel: está, estás, están, médico

2. An accent mark indicates stress on a syllable other than the last one for words ending in any consonant other than –n or -s: fácil, lápiz, carácter

3. An accent marks stress on a weak vowel (i, u) followed or preceded by a strong vowel (a, e, o): mío, grúa, sonríe

I came to Costa Rica for the first time in the summer of 1990 to study Spanish and fell in love... with the language, the country, the people, the music, even the monsoon-like rains:). When I went home 6 weeks later I was determined to come back at some point, become fluent in the language and spend more time in this country that already felt like my adopted home. Three years later, I had graduated from college, spent a year in Asia travelling and volunteering, and I was ready to get back to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica celebrates Mother's Day on Monday, August 15.  A national holiday, both campuses of Intercultura Spanish Language School will be closed so families can celebrate their Mothers!  Read about a remarkable Nicoya mother of four generations in the latest Voz de Nosara.

10. Your co-workers are fluent in Spanish and are getting looked at for a promotion ahead of you because of it.
9. Your customers speak Spanish, and you are reduced to hand gestures and "gracias" as a means of communication and your Spanish speaking colleagues won’t need to be your personal translators.
 
 
 
On July 25, the Costa Rican province of Guanacaste celebrated the 187th anniversary of the annexation of Nicoya. The people of Nicoya, in a public event called "cabildo abierto", the equivalent to modern referendums, decided to annex the Partido de Nicoya to the Republic of Costa Rica. On July 25, 1824, Nicoya was formally joined to Costa Rica. Since then, the coat of arms of Nicoya states the words: "De la patria por nuestra voluntad" which could be translated as "part of the nation because of our own will".
 
I’m at the end of my first week of studying Spanish in charming Heredia after taking a few weeks of classes at the Sámara Beach Campus and have tried to take advantage of being in a city again!
 
Yogi I am not, but since trying yoga in Sámara, I decided to look for a class while I studied Spanish in Heredia.  The school doesn't offer yoga classes like they do in Sámara so I was planning to look for a studio.