They worry about politics, Iraq, crooked politicians, and the economy. This can cause MUCH confusion to foreigners, especially North Americans who tend to be very direct.If a Tico feels a "no" answer would in any way offend, they may well say "yes" or "maybe", or "I think so" or "that might be difficult", which is still pretty much means "no", but sounds more polite! Many visitors, especially from the US, find this a tad difficult to comprehend.And if any of you are wondering about that lovely swimming hole.... It is located about 15km from San Jose near San Antonio de Belén and is called the Ojo de Aqua.
For instance, a Tico might call his grandmother (abuela), abuelita, or her house (casa) her casita. I seldom hear the old ..thing any more, but the ..or ..thing is alive and well. Here is my personal opinion: I blame it on Hollywood!
For many years, the 'bad guys' in movies and on TV always were the dark, swarthy types. Now this has changed a bit in recent years, but I think we have been trained to look for the bad guy image.
The name comes from a preference Ticos have of using the diminutive in their speech.
By diminutive, I mean they change everything so it means 'little something'. In fact, it makes learning Costa Rica style Spanish a bit harder as you have to learn these diminutives even if you don't use them. Because many people pronounced the diminutive saying momentito (meaning just a short moment), as "momentico". They certainly don't look dangerous to each other!
After a while, they can even seem to blend together: you look at some pictures of Muslim singles, you send a few messages, and maybe you go on a date or two -- having paid quite a bit for the privilege, most likely. Here at Islamic Marriage.com, we've created the world's premiere Muslim dating site, one that we've dedicated to helping Muslim singles find each other.
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That is why you will see me repeat time and again in this site, Learn Spanish if you plan to live here. If you are married to a Costa Rican or have a Tico(a) as your significant other (pareja), you not only get him or her, you get the whole clan, and in Catholic Costa Rica, that can be a TON of relatives!
Click here for one entry from my personal blog on this subject. They have the same goals, desires and fears you do.
Costa Ricans (Ticos) are generally gentle, spirited, friendly, educated, polite, and kind people.