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Costa Rica: Language

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica and it is spoken with two notable dialects. The first is traditional Costa Rican Spanish, spoken with a clear accent, and the second is Nicoyan, which sounds very much like Nicaraguan Spanish due to the close proximity of the neighboring country. Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos because of their habit of adding the diminutive suffix "-tico" to the end of their words. For example, the Spanish word poco (little or few) would be poquitico when spoken by a Costa Rican.










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