What does Pura Vida mean?

For Ticos, the term "Pura Vida" is an expression of happiness, optimism, and living life to the fullest.  It is impossible to visit Costa Rica without hearing this phrase continuously.

How about a quick "Pura Vida 101" lesson? 

Why learning professional Spanish can open doors!

Learning languages will always open doors -- and many will open wide if this learning specializes in your career.  A case in point is health care professionals learning medical Spanish face-to-face on-line (or in a Spanish speaking country!). You may wonder what the added value is for you and there are plenty of reasons:

  1. Open up new career opportunities and increase your competitiveness: you will expand your options and marketablility: in an increasingly globalized world, professionals who speak more than one language are the most sought after and valued.
Gabriel García Márquez

Spanish classes online to discover the work of Gabriel García Márquez

It is impossible to talk about Latin American literature without referring to One Hundred Years of Solitude and the writer Gabriel García Márquez who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

This novel is not only considered a masterpiece of universal literature, but it is also one of the most widely read works in Spanish being one of the most translated works into other languages.

What makes Costa Rica’s biodiversity so unique?

What makes Costa Rica’s biodiversity so unique?

Did you know Costa Rica’s landmass accounts for only 0.03% of the entire planet's surface? Very small, right?

However, this tiny nation is home to approximately 5% of the species worldwide and, as a result, is listed among the 20 richest countries in terms of biodiversity per area.

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How can I improve my Spanish during limited travel?

There is no denying the internet can provide great benefit to learning Spanish or improving linguistic skills. Here is a quick list of tips on how the internet can be of help in your learning journey!

  1. Make a set of vocabulary cards. Try to set the goal of learning 3 new words per day in different areas; for example: on Monday, 3 words about the home; on Tuesday, 3 about nature; on Wednesday, vocabulary about health & well-being; on Thursday, details about the family, etc.

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