LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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Nope. Still here in Costa Rica. Have no firm plans to live elsewhere, although I may well do so when my son finished medical school here in about 12-18 months.
Natives reply to posts without giving their nationality. One fellow was insisting several weeks ago that a certain expression was well known to everyone under the sun. Well, it was well known to everyone under his sun but under mine. I had never heard the expression before. I assume his sun was somewhere in Australia, but I don´t recall him ever telling us.
When a native makes a comment about a term, a grammar rule, etc., I think that would be helpful for the Brazilian learner to know WHERE that word is used and that rule adhered to. Otherwise, Joe Carioca is going to be speaking a real seafood gumbo of English from here, there, and over there too. It´s not enough to ask "How do you say this in English?" The student should be saying, "In the UK, how does one..." or "In South Africa...." Well, that is what I think anyway. By putting my country of origin in the ¨"nome" box, people will know where I am from.
I went through a similar process with Spanish. I had friends and coworkers from many countries, and it was natural to pick up a phrase here and a word there. Just as Portuguese varies from region to region as well as between Brazil and Portugal (and other lands), so does Spanish vary from country to country. I live in Costa Rica, so I try to keep my Spanish Costa Rican when chatting with Costa Ricans. And when in Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and so forth.... Well, I think you follow me.
Nope, no plans to return to the USA to live. Been there, done that. I´ve been thinking lately of Southern Mexico, Southern Argentina, maybe Cuenca in Ecuador, possibly Colombia... Don´t want to get kidnapped by the FARC, of course. Southern Chile is nice. Puerto Varas is a real delight. I will be in Nicaragua in about a week. I haven´t been there for years, but I can´t imagine living there long term. I am going to spend some time on the San Juan River. Want to come along? I have a hammock you can borrow. You´ll need it. Panama is very immigrant-friendly, but I am not sold on the idea of living there. Panama City is nice, but it gets HOT. Real hot. Lots of discounts for us "viejitos". I like the weather here in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. (The coasts are ovens.) But I am not crazy about the cities. The ideal location would have cool weather, have access to movies and books, be relatively close to a large city for shopping (that kills Cuenca), have good medical services. I´ll probably never find what I am looking for, but think of all the fun I will have looking!
You got some room on your couch? I don´t snore and I don´t sleepwalk, but I do like to pound on my ronroco. No, I don´t yodel. I was really getting into Bolivian Aymara war chants when my visa came up for expìration.
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