Talking like a local in Costa Rica

The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish. So here are some helpful Spanish phrases for you!

Basics
Yes: Si
No: No
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Gracias
You’re welcome: De Nada
Excuse me: Disculpe (to apologize or before asking directions)

Hi! ¡Hola!
Good Morning! ¡Buenos días!
Good Afternoon! ¡Buenas tardes!
Good night! ¡Buenas noches!
Goodbye! ¡Adiós!

What’s your name? ¿Cómo se llama usted?
My name is … Me llamo …

This is… Le presento a …
my wife. mi esposa.
my husband. mi marido.
my partner. mi pareja.

Where are you from? ¿De dónde es usted?
I come from … Soy de …
How are you? ¿Cómo está usted?
Fine, thanks. Bien, gracias.
And you? ¿Y usted?
Do you speak English? ¿Habla usted ingles?
I don’t understand Spanish. No entiendo el español
Thanks very much! ¡Muchas gracias!

Where is the restroom? ¿Dónde están los baños?
Drugstore Farmacia
Liquor Store Licorera
Hospital Hospital
Supermarket Super mercado
Restaurant Restaurante

Shopping
I’d like to buy… Quiero comprar …
I’m just looking! Solo estoy viendo!
May I look at it? ¿Puedo verlo?
How much is it? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
I don’t like it No me gusta
I’ll take it Me lo llevo

Do you accept…? ¿Aceptan…?
Dollars Dólares
Credit cards Tarjetas de crédito
Traveler checks Cheques de viajero

Less Menos
More Más
Large Grande
Small Pequeño
Larger Más grade
Smaller Más pequeño

Getting Around
Where is the nearest? ¿Dónde está el/la…más próximo (-a)?
How do I get there? ¿Cómo voy hasta ahí?
How do I get to…? ¿Cómo voy hasta el/la . . . ?
Is it far? ¿Está muy lejos?
How far is it to there? ¿Qué distancia hay hasta ahí?
Is this the right way to …? ¿Es este el camino correcto para ir al/a
la/a …?
I’m lost. Me he perdido.
Can you show me on the map ¿Me lo puede señalar en el mapa?
You have to turn round. Tiene que dar la vuelta.
Go straight on. Siga directo.
Turn left/right. Doble a la izquierda/a la derecha.
Take the second street on Tome la segunda calle a
Left Izquierda
Right Derecha.

Street Calle
Avenue Avenida
Block Cuadra

North Norte
South Sur
East Este
West Oeste

San Jose, Costa Rica Top Traveler's Choice

For our COSTA RICA ECO-ADVENTURE SUMMER VACATION YOGA RETREAT AUG 11-18, 2012 we fly into San José, the capital of Costa Rica, head of the province of San José, and the nation’s largest city. Culturally, the city can be considered almost entirely European influenced, in part because of Spanish immigration soon after Costa Rica’s discovery by Christopher Columbus.

According to Trip Advisor it is a 2012 TOP TRAVELERS CHOICE DESTINATION.

Where are the 5 Blue Zones

From August 11 through August 18, 2012 we will be living on retreat with a group of 12 other yogi guests in one of the 5 “Blue Zone’s” of the world. Where is this? Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.

We will be staying at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers (http://www.thesanctuarycostarica.com) eating a plant based diet, living in community, working on intention (our purpose, dharma), moving through yoga, hiking, surfing. Of the nine common characteristics of all the world’s long-lived people identified by Dan Buettner in Blue Zone’s we will be living 6 of them. Come join us!

Register now http://www.alchemytours.com or email me hello@alchemytours.com

Discount $450 OFF!

    WHERE ARE THE 5 BLUE ZONES?

Five Blue Zones have been identified by Dan Buettner:

  • Sardinia, Italy: One team of demographers found a hot spot of longevity in mountain villages where men reach the age of 100 years at an amazing rate.
  • The islands of Okinawa, Japan: Another team examined a group that is among the longest lived on Earth.
  • Loma Linda, California: Researchers studied a group of Seventh-day Adventists who rank among America’s longevity all-stars.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: The Nicoya Peninsula was the subject of research on a Quest Network expedition which began on January 29, 2007.
  • Icaria, Greece: The April ’09 expedition to the island of Ikaria uncovered the location with the highest percentage of 90 year-olds on the planet – nearly 1 out of 3 people make it to their 90s. Furthermore, Ikarians “have about 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease and almost no dementia”.
  • *Residents of the first three places produce a high rate of centenarians, suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly kill people in other parts of the developed world, and enjoy more healthy years of life.

    How can you live longer? (And why this Summer retreat can help you find out why.)

    I remember the first time I heard this in a Yoga class: “The moment you’re born, you start dying.”

    It totally caught my attention, made me listen more closely and quite frankly scared me a little too. To be honest, I didn’t come to yoga to learn about dying. I was just trying to feel better living. Well, Dan Buettner wrote this book “Blue Zone’s” (see below from wikipedia for an easy summary) where he defines the 9 things in common that people in the 5 Blue Zones share with one another. Going on a yoga retreat, like ours to Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula August 11-18, 2012, truly encompasses almost all of these 9 things to do to live longer.

    1. Move Naturally
    *On retreat we will have twice daily yoga supplemented by pool yoga, swimming, surfing, hiking and more!

    2. Know your Purpose
    *Our retreats help give the time, support, and coaching to help people design their best lives ever! We will journal, discuss, and meditate on our personal intentions and powers of manifestation.

    3. Down Shift
    *This retreat will provide the time you need to unplug, destress and re-learn how to relax.

    4. 80% Rule
    *We will enjoy a wise vegetarian diet this week with no tv to distract us.

    5. Plant Slant
    *Our diet will be plant based gourmet vegetarian.

    6. Wine at 5
    *To be discussed further. Look at our various wine writings.

    7. Family First
    *While on retreat we become a healthy, accepting, supportive family.

    8. Belong
    *You will feel a sense of belonging, and fellowship from day one.

    9. Right Tribe
    *When on retreat we form a tribe of like-minded individuals coming together for the purpose of expanding into their individual greatness.

    So if you want to find out for yourself the lessons of living longer and healthier lives from Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula then join us at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers August 11-18. 2012. They are 100% solar-powered, off-grid, gourmet vegetarian, jungle/ocean destination. To register for this trip contact http://www.thetravelyogi.com

    According to Wikipedia a Blue Zone is define as:
    “Blue Zone is concept used to identify a demographic and/or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives, as described in Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from people who lived the longest.” The concept grew out of demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain[1], who identified Sardinia’s Nuoro province as the region with the highest concentration of male centenarians. As the two men zeroed in on the cluster of villages with the highest longevity, they drew concentric blue circles on the map and began referring to the area inside the circle as the Blue Zone. Buettner identifies longevity hotspots in Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and among the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, and offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives.”

    Five Blue Zones have been identified by Dan Buettner:

  • Sardinia, Italy.
  • The islands of Okinawa, Japan.
  • Loma Linda, California.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.
  • Icaria, Greece.
  • What is a "Blue Zone"?

    From August 11 through August 18, 2012 we will be living on retreat with a group of 12 other yogi guests in one of the 5 “Blue Zone’s” of the world. Where is this? Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.

    We will be staying at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers (http://www.thesanctuarycostarica.com) eating a plant based diet, living in community, working on intention (our purpose, dharma), moving through yoga, hiking, surfing. Of the nine common characteristics of all the world’s long-lived people identified by Dan Buettner in Blue Zone’s we will be living 6 of them. Come join us and Detox, Transform, Evolve! Here below is more information about Blue Zone’s.

    Register now http://www.alchemytours.com or email me hello@alchemytours.com

    According to Wikipedia a Blue Zone is define as:
    “Blue Zone is concept used to identify a demographic and/or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives, as described in Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from people who lived the longest.” The concept grew out of demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain[1], who identified Sardinia’s Nuoro province as the region with the highest concentration of male centenarians. As the two men zeroed in on the cluster of villages with the highest longevity, they drew concentric blue circles on the map and began referring to the area inside the circle as the Blue Zone. Buettner identifies longevity hotspots in Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and among the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, and offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives.”

    Five Blue Zones have been identified by Dan Buettner:

  • Sardinia, Italy: One team of demographers found a hot spot of longevity in mountain villages where men reach the age of 100 years at an amazing rate.
  • The islands of Okinawa, Japan: Another team examined a group that is among the longest lived on Earth.
  • Loma Linda, California: Researchers studied a group of Seventh-day Adventists who rank among America’s longevity all-stars.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: The Nicoya Peninsula was the subject of research on a Quest Network expedition which began on January 29, 2007.
  • Icaria, Greece: The April ’09 expedition to the island of Ikaria uncovered the location with the highest percentage of 90 year-olds on the planet – nearly 1 out of 3 people make it to their 90s. Furthermore, Ikarians “have about 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease and almost no dementia”.
  • *Residents of the first three places produce a high rate of centenarians, suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly kill people in other parts of the developed world, and enjoy more healthy years of life.