I was wondering, if one were going to spend some time in Costa Rica, is there a particular dialect of spanish used there that differs from others? I want to get into a language program so I have at least some exposure before being there.
Probably a silly question, but I wanted to touch base before I immerse myself totally in a language program. So.. will "any" Spanish do?
Yes, any Spanish will do.
There are differences between countries, of course, and even between certain areas of the same country. Anyway, no matter what "dialect" you use, people will understand you. And you will understand them too. It will just take a little longer to absorb "slang", or local names for food, clothes, and some other typical stuff.
Think about English, you can perfectly communicate in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Don't worry, you'll do great!!!
I would agree that although there are many different types of Spanish dialect, you will be understood regardless of whether you learnt Castillian Spanish (spoken in Madrid etc) or Latin American as most of the common sayings and expressions are the same if not very similar.
I recently went to Peru and i learnt Castillian Spanish and i have to say that although i used a different dialect i was able to communicate very easily with other people and had no problems.
Buena Suerte )
Hola David, asi que vas a aprender Español. Entonces comienza a practicar ahora. Cualquier Español que aprendas te va a servir. Español es el mísmo donde quiera que vayas aunque cambien algunas palabras. Buena suerte y que disfrutes tu viaje, Ahh! I forgot to say that Spanish is heaven's language so if you want to go there you better learn some here on earth.