Shopping is a necessity for most people – who doesn’t at least have to go to the grocery store for food at some point during the week? Shopping is also a hobby for many, whether it be online, wandering through stores looking for the perfect gift, chasing the best deals and sales, or buying the perfect outfit for an event. Shopping is, most importantly, a cultural experience, whether or not we realize it. So in Episode #2 of Tico-ish, Christa and Ryan tackle shopping in Costa Rica. (And special thanks, once again to Ryan and his amazing photography skills!)
Here’s what we chat about in Episode #002:
- The absolute and total frustration of buying things at a Costa Rican pharmacy
- Plastic bags. Plastic bags. Plastic bags.
- Bureaucracy – when shopping? You bet!
- Typical tico react when you don’t want a bag
- “Security” measures in Costa Rican stores
- How shopping in Costa Rica can be a great way to learn Spanish!
What we didn’t say in the episode/lingering question:
Shopping in the United States can be a sterile experience – Christa mentions that she can shop all day in the States without ever interacting with another human being. Shopping in Costa Rica is the total opposite, with both a reliance on verbal language to communicate the shopper’s needs and preferences, and shopkeepers trained to keep a running commentary on selling products as long as customers are in the store. So…What is the cultural significance of shopping being both a human interaction and a verbal skill and what does that say about tico values?
Watch it here!
Chime in! How have you used shopping as a way to learn another language? Have you ever shopped in Costa Rica and come home with a great story? Share in the comments below!
You can check out Ryan’s observations about the episode here!