|Tropical Ecology: Spanish|
Useful Spanish words
The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. Many people in Costa Rica understand a little English, some people understand a lot of English. A few people speak English well.
The La Selva Biological Station operates in a mixture of English and Spanish. You can live and work there quite happily without knowing any Spanish, but learning at least a little Spanish will enhance your experience.
Many Spanish words sound like English words so even if you haven't heard them before, it isn't too hard to figure out the meaning, e.g. caiman is the Spanish word for caiman, a small crocodile. Serpiente is the word for serpent or snake.
Here are a few useful words to know:
aves birds anfibios amphibians culebra snake (cobra) danto tapir especies species guapote large cichlid loro parrot machaka characin (type of fish) mamiferos mammals mariposa butterfly moga medium-sized cichlid mojarra small cichlid mono monkey murcielago bat peces fish rana frog sapo toad serpiente snake (serpent) tortuga turtle venenosas venemous snakes zorillo skunk Environment
agua water arbol tree arroyo stream bosque forest; wood lluvia rain mundo world rio river selva forest sendero path zona zone Station things
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