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12 - Getting a Bird's Eye View
14 - Why Choose Costa Rica?
18 - Costa Rica Has Many Firsts to its Name
22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

Costa Rica Is Becoming a Bilingual Country

English is considered to be the second language that is better known in Costa Rica and the government is showing its interest in implementing its usage by making its teaching mandatory in public schools throughout the country. One drawback, however, which the program has met, has been the lack of enough teachers with a good knowledge of English. At the beginning of the 2002 school year, at least 700 more English teachers were necessary to fill the demand in those schools. Private schools also have the same shortage problem.

Today the best jobs are offered to those graduates who can handle English fairly well besides skill in computing. The various international corporations that have been locating their worldwide operations in Costa Rica during the past five years are demanding more of this type of personnel. As more companies arrive the demand increases.

Many Costa Ricans like to brag about their knowledge of English, no matter whether they know it well or not. Evidence that much has yet to be done in upgrading their grammar is frequently noticed in the signs of store fronts and other businesses. There's a strong tendency to tack on an apostrophe after every word no matter whether it's correct or not. The feeling is that if MacDonald's, for which there is much admiration, has it, why not their sign too? Many grammatical errors in English are also noticeable in expensive government and company brochures and in some of their newspaper and magazine advertising. But we should not be too harsh in this criticism. It's a known fact that many college graduates and professionals in the Untied States commit many errors in their spelling of their own language. And many firms have difficulties in finding skilled writers, especially in the business and technical fields.

Tico Sayings and Idioms

Just as each country has its own word meanings and idioms, so does Costa Rica. I'll mention some of the 1059 Costaricanisms which recently have been given acceptance by the Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy) and included in the latest edition (2001) of its dictionary.

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