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SugarShaq February 5th, 2014 12:43am

Lots of Americans live in Costa Rica and must communicate in Spanish to conduct business. Should Americans expect Costa Ricans to speak English or should they learn Spanish?

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Captainbstring Biden is a Clown
02/07/14 10:32 pm

If the Costa Ricans want to do business then they better learn English or lose the business. I have something you want...you will speak MY language.

iServe Military
02/23/14 11:29 am

When you're in the USA, England, or Australia, speak English.
When you're in the host nation, you will speak their language if you want the goods/money. Can't be bothered? Someone better then you will come along and make money. Don't be a hypocrite.

Captainbstring Biden is a Clown
02/23/14 10:28 pm

You speak English or I take my business elsewhere. You lose.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/05/14 11:26 am

They'll find it easier if they learn Spanish, but they'll get by fine without it.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
02/05/14 10:50 am

If they're living in Costa Rica, they'd best brush up on their 'por favors' and 'de nadas.' If the Costa Ricans are coming here, it's only polite that they return the favor and learn English.

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Rosebud Ohio
02/05/14 9:38 am

Spanish, it's a bit egocentric to expect an entire country to change for you.

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elusive Sactown
02/05/14 3:12 am

If it's not our country, we should respect and learn the language predominantly spoken there. Too bad that doesn't happen here.

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Yoko318 Utah
02/05/14 12:49 am

If you live in Costa Rica, then yes, you should learn Spanish. If they're coming stateside, they either need a translator out to learn English.

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Yoko318 Utah
02/05/14 12:50 am

For some reason swype hates the word "or."

Diogenes FreeMeBe
02/04/14 8:14 pm

In Costa Rica or America?

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SugarShaq
02/04/14 8:15 pm

In Costa Rica

Diogenes FreeMeBe
02/04/14 8:17 pm

Thx. It made a difference in my answer. :)

usernamehere Raise a little hell
02/04/14 6:06 pm

Is Costa Rica an extremely diverse country built on immigration that is effectively bilingual in large parts of it?

chickencookie Jihad Joe
02/04/14 5:52 pm

In my old neighborhood in Brooklyn most store names are in Russian yet the employees all speak English and are not from Russia. When I lived in the city I knew many people who couldn't be bothered learning English despite living here for many years

SugarShaq
02/04/14 5:59 pm

Can they function outside of their neighborhoods? At the post office, DMV, etc?

beanD California
02/04/14 5:45 pm

I don't think it makes sense for the majority to be required to bend over backwards for the minority, and I don't think the opposite should be true either. That said, there should also be no whining when a Costa Rican can't find work or business...

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beanD California
02/04/14 5:46 pm

...here bc they don't know the language.

redsox95 New England
02/04/14 5:44 pm

Obviously learn Spanish. Just like immigrants coming HERE should learn English.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
02/05/14 11:23 am

Except Spanish is the official language there...