With approximately 470 million speakers worldwide, or 6.7% of the world’s population, Spanish is the second most popular language in the world after Mandarin Chinese according to a study done by the Spanish language nonprofit Instituto Cervantes. Though the more formal, classroom Spanish is understood throughout the entire country, Costa Rica is known for its distinct colloquialisms, the most famous of which being Pura Vida.
In honor of Independence Day, we are stepping outside the classroom and learning pachuco, Costa Rican slang, from some San Luis de Monteverde locals!
¡Pura vida, mae!
Video and blog post contribution by Bilan Haji-Mohamed, UGACR Photojournalism Intern