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Tico Talk – February 2015

tico-talk-headerHola queridos amigos de Tico Talk.

En esta edición, aprenderemos a usar el Pronombre Relativo “Que”. Suele pasar que se quiere tener una conversación fluida y de repente no se sabe como unir ideas relacionadas y evitar la reiteración.

QUE es una pequeña palabra para relacionar dos ideas diferentes sobre una misma cosa. También tiene la función de introducir algo que pensamos, creemos, opinamos o sabemos.

Ejemplo
La lámpara está sobre la mesa. La lámpara está sucia.
La lámpara que esta sobre la mesa está sucia.
Los invitamos a practicar un poquito, combinando las oraciones que se le dan a continuación con QUE.

1. La mujer está con mi prima. La mujer tiene un carro verde.
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2. El muchacho esta en cama. Él está muy enfermo.
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3. La biblioteca tiene una colección muy importante. La biblioteca esta cerca de mi escuela.
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4. Los alumnos tienen un examen mañana. Están muy tensos.
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5. Los pantalones están sucios. Son de algodón.
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Les motivamos a escribir sus ejemplos originales y enviárnoslos
a nuestro correo electrónico. Serán corregidos por alguna de nuestras profesoras.

Fiddlin’ Around – February 2015

Kim's paintingBy Nancy Buchan

We all know folks who fall into the category of ‘over achievers’. Those annoying people who can balance their checkbook, change the oil in their car, bathe the dog, jog a mile, mend a pair of pants, weed their garden, remember their aunt’s birthday and call her on time, fix a gourmet breakfast for four and do yoga – all before I’ve managed to make a decent cup of coffee and stop growling. I absolutely hate comparing myself to these folks who are able to pay such attention to the millions of issues and details we face every day, and I could never live with any of them….and how do they do it all anyway? Well, mostly they have better discipline, better organizational skills, better focus and they are ‘self-starters’ who have probably been that way all their lives. It’s not that they are driven to succeed exactly – but they are driven to be organized and to do things instead of lying in a hammock reading science fiction or sitting on a log contemplating the sunset. Now, don’t get me wrong – hammock time and thoughtful contemplation have their own importance – hence the saying “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” But on a practical level even I have to admit that things go better if I make a list before going to the store, or if I’m stopped by the cops and I actually have an up to date marchama or haven’t let my passport expire…

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A Window Into The Soul

AmberBy Amber Zuckswert

I’ve been wanting to share this for quite sometime now, but am just formulating the words to express my immense GRATITUDE for four sacred ceremonies I experienced over the last year.

After a few years of extensive research, documentary watching, and listening to friends phenomenal experiences, I joined my first Ayahuasca plant medicine ceremony with a local shaman at Posada Natura retreat center in Londres, just outside of Quepos. Nestled in the heart of the rainforest with a group of friends.

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Why Use a Pre-Designed Furniture Package in Costa Rica?

A selection of furniture packages

A selection of furniture packages

By Shelagh Duncan

What is the better option: searching for yourself, or having a group of professionals guide you through a hassle-free process so you arrive at you new home with everything ready for you?

More and more people who come into the store these days are asking about our pre-designed furniture packages. They are building, (or planning on building) a home and have decided that is the simpler way to go. With the stress of all the building decisions and issues, knowing that when their home is finished they can actually start enjoying right away is a big plus.
Royal Palm Interiors

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An Important New Book About Coffee and Costa Rica

Cafe de Costa RicaBy Jim Parisi

Costa Rica has gained a world-renowned reputation for the outstanding quality and flavors of its coffees. Indeed, Costa Rica can boast that it is as unique, diverse and widespread as any other top-ranking coffee producer in the world. But how did this happen?

Recently, ICAFE published “Café de Costa Rica / Costa Rican Coffee”, a pictorial and written history of the evolution of coffee in Costa Rica. The text is written in both English and Spanish, side by side.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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2014, It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Locket at 5 weeks

Locket at 5 weeks

By Sam Trull ~ Kids Saving the Rainforest & The Sloth Institute

Sometimes I wonder if truly great things can only be born out of tragedy. Is pure excitement always coupled with fear? For me, 2014 was a combination of huge personal losses and experiences that resulted in substantial personal growth. As I sit here and type this message, I am waiting for goat milk to warm so I can feed one of the most inspiring animals I have had the pleasure to care for. “Locket” a 5-week-old three-toed sloth, literally arrived at the KSTR wildlife clinic the day he was born. His face covered in amniotic sac and his umbilical cord freshly attached to the placenta…there was no doubt that his first moments in life were spent face down on a forest floor…covered in dirt and without his mother to clean him or feed him. We have no idea why he fell from the trees or why his mother did not retrieve him…but he is alive today. Already in his short life he survived a fall from the top of the forest canopy, three weeks of bacterial diarrhea, lack of immunity received from his real mom and just the general inadequateness of having me – a human – for a surrogate mother. Some would say “Locket” is a miracle…but really his success so far is attributed to the hard work from an amazing team of people at KSTR and TSI.

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Memoirs of a Masseur – February 2015

By Todd Pequeen

Are you part of the herd? Are you original in your own thoughts and actions? I believe inspiration and creativity to be a part of everyone of us. Tapping into the organic nature of these thoughts can be a challenge to many. It is terribly obvious in society that advertisement plays a major role in almost everything we do. The red carpet actors and millionaire athletes are the heroes in modern life. Sad as it may be I fear many people have a hard time truly understanding who they are and simply copy what others are doing. To dress, eat, and behave like your peers keeps you surrounded by the “cool kids”. To me conformity is as boring and mundane as old “Leave it to Beaver” episodes. It is an amazingly diverse world and access to it is a computer click away. Information abounds and with a little self-confidence anyone can create themselves fueled by their passions. Manuel Antonio is filled with unique go-getters. So why then, do some people lead and other follow? Is a copy cat too lazy to create or do they sincerely feel imitation is the best form of flattery?

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