Not Knowing Spanish Can Kill You...

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Moving to Costa Rica for me and Fran was and still is an exciting adventure.  We face new challenges every day and the one challenge that keeps us on our toes is our ability (or inability) to communicate in Spanish.

Speaking in the Tico tongue is essential for success if it is your intention to move to Costa Rica.  In fact, it could be a matter of life or death!


If you get sick, have an accident or fall victim to a crime, you will probably come into contact with a Costa Rican medical professional.  However, the chances are pretty good that the EMT, Paramedic or doctor treating you will only speak Spanish. 

Your inability to communicate with the medical provider may determine how effectively you are cared for.

Even though Costa Rica has a functioning 911 emergency telephone system, the chances that the 911 operator on the other end of the line will only be able to speak Spanish. Therefore, it is essential that all expats living in Costa Rica be able to speak some level of emergency Spanish.  It might just save your life! 

And if you don't believe me, read this article in the Tico Times.

Thanks to Johann Benavides and the Green Mountain Academy and the Community Action Alliance for their permission to repurpose their classroom content.

A GUIDE TO SPEAKING SPANISH IN MEDICAL SITUATIONS



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