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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Costa Rica Books; Second edition (July 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881233871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881233879
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We RECOMMEND this book to our members as valuable tool for learning survival Spanish. --Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR)

Want to live in or travel to Costa Rica? Buy the book! Christopher Howard is Costa Rica's linguistic guru. --Inside Costa Rica Newspaper

This practical pocket-size guidebook is jam-packed with information to help you speak like a native Costa Rican. It is the ONLY book of its kind. --By Steve Silver - Special for Costa Rica Today

About the Author

Christopher Howard has resided in Costa Rica for over thirty years and is a citizen of the country. He has an extensive foreign language background, having earned a B.A in Latin American studies and a Masters degree in Spanish from the University of California. At present, the author writes columns titled Learning the Language for the Association of Residents of Costa Rica's magazine La Voz, Short Cuts for Learning Spanish for several newspapers, on-line news groups and his popular blog. Because of his linguistic expertise, Mr. Howard is a featured lecturer on the topic of Learning Spanish at the Association of Residents of Costa Rica's (ARCR) monthly newcomers seminar. The author has written 16 editions of the perennial bestseller The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica,The Guide to Costa Rican Real Estate as well as 9 other guidebooks about the Central America, Mexico and Cuba. Christopher Howard has also conducted award-winning relocation/retirement tours to Costa Rica for over 15 years through his company Live in Costa Tours. His tours have been featured on the NBC Today Show, CNBC World News and in Newsweek and Oprah's magazines.

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Christopher Howard has resided in Costa Rica for over 30 years and is Costa Rican citizen. During this time, he has had the opportunity to gather a plethora of information about living, retiring and investing in Costa Rica. It is not surprising that he has first-hand knowledge and insight into all aspects of Costa Rica's culture and its people. Because of his expertise, he is a frequent lecturer at numerous retirement and investment seminars. He has also appeared on the NBC Today Show and CNBC World Business News and was interviewed for Good Morning America.

Mr. Howard has extensive foreign language background, having earned a B.A in Latin American studies and a Masters degree in Spanish from the University of California. The author writes columns titled "Learning the Language" for the Association of Residents of Costa Rica's magazine La Voz, "Short Cuts for Learning Spanish" for the newspapers AM Costa Rica and Inside Costa Rica and the Costa Rica Living News Group.

Christopher has written 14 language and travel guidebooks about Latin America including 16 editions of the perennial bestselling "New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica", "Official Guide to Costa Rica Spanish" and the one-of-a-kind "Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica."

Due to a multitude of requests from the readers of his guidebooks, Christopher Howard began to offer monthly relocation and retirement tours to Costa Rica starting in 1997. Since then he has personally helped thousands of people move to Costa Rica successfully through his one-of-a-kind licensed tours, seminars and private consultation services. Please see www.liveincostarica.com for more information about his unique tours.

Customer Reviews

I sincerely recommend this guide to anyone thinking of living in Costa Rica.
rex
Since it is a pocket PHRASE book it is impossible to include a lengthy dictionary with every word in a traditional Spanish dictionary.
David Rabinowitz
There is no way to find a phrase on the spot, you just have to browse the whole book to find what you need.
Sean A. Whittaker

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Branscum on May 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Christopher Howard has assembled the quickest and easiest way to learn the nuances of speaking Costa Rican Spanish like the native "Tico" speakers. His common sense approach to learning all the little things makes it a pleasure to practice speaking, and listening, as the locals do whenever I visit beautiful Costa Rica. I have more confidence in my communication ability now that I have this excellent book to guide me.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Murphy on June 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have little ability when it comes to learning a foreign language nor do I have time to take language courses. This book gave me the basics to survive in Costa Rica. Now I can at least communicate. It has extricated me from a lot of jams. This book is like an idiots guide to Spanish. Buy it!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nica Man on April 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
I spend most of my time in Costa Rica and part time in Nicaragua. When I came to came to this part of the world I virtually spoke no Spanish. I needed a quick injection of the language to get by. I did not have time to go to school. A friend recommended this book highly so I purchased. It has been so helpful. I can now get out of a lot of jams by using it. I even met the woman of my life by using some of the phrases in the book. The slang is also great.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erin on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was fluent in Spanish before moving to Costa Rica, but without constant conversations with ticos, it was impossible to become fluent in Costa Rican slang & phrases. So I bought the Guide to Costa Rican Spanish and in my excitement, studied the entire book and internalized as many phrases as I could. When I arrived, I was surprised at how many CR-only phrases I actually understood! Who knew that "a chile" is the same as "en serio" or that "brete" is as commonly used as "trabajo"?? I did, thanks to this great phrase book.

Looking through the local stores, there are several books that claim to be Costa Rican Spanish guides. They're not. They are quick reviews & reminders of Central American/South American (instead of Spanish from Spain) dialects and will help you no more than the average guidebook. This phrase book is different.

A caveat: some of the phrases are outdated an no longer used (according to my friends), so I would recommend this more as a passive language learning tool -- wait until you hear one of these phrases instead of using them first. I got quite a few laughs when I used certain of these words, and while it was all in good fun, it can be a little embarrassing!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
The ideal take-along Spanish guide is very portable (i.e. fits in a standard purse), easy to use, and contains phrases lending to everyday issues. That's why destination-bound visits to Costa Rica will welcome GUIDE TO COSTA RICAN SPANISH: it's all of the above and more. The new edition comes from a Costa Rican citizen, not a U.S. teacher, though he does hold a foreign language background as a teacher - thus it includes a healthy dose of local slang and color new to even those with some rudiments of Spanish. From proverbs and sayings to a basic English/Spanish reference set, GUIDE TO COSTA RICAN SPANISH is a take-along 'must'.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Robins on May 19, 2011
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This book is NOT for your Costa Rica vacation. It is for those non-native speakers living in Costa Rica, and assumes a certain amount of Spanish proficiency. If you're looking for a basic "Where is the bathroom" phrasebook, this is not it.

That being said, I enjoyed the phrases and found the book to be quite nice. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because of some editing problems - many misspelled words (more in English than in Spanish), but everything was readable. The format isn't the easiest to use, but it is manageable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Irama Morales on April 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a tica (Costa Rican). I am 100% bilingual because I lived in the States for 14 years. I have a lot of American friends in Costa Rica who are struggling with learning the Spanish language. Since I speak both languages I am always giving them tips and answering their questions. I discovered Christopher Howard's great book while browsing at 7th Street Bookstore in downtown San José, Costa Rica. It really impressed me because of the amount of local slang and useful phrases it contains. Some of the material is hilarious! I think this booklet is a great tool for English speakers living in Costa Rica and recommend it to anyone who wants to live here.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sean A. Whittaker on May 26, 2010
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I wish I would have paid better attention to the reviews, hopefully you will. This book is at most useful in one or two spots. It has no explanations of grammar or usage, and mostly just lists words and phrases with little organization. There is no way to find a phrase on the spot, you just have to browse the whole book to find what you need. It also provides information that is useless. It actually has a list of words not to say to people. The author includes multiple ads throughout the book promoting his other books, which I seriously doubt are any good if this one is any indication. Its obvious to me that this book was made to advertise the authors other worthless writings. I paid ten dollars, but its not worth more than three or four at most. I won't even be taking it with me when I go.

-Sean
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