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I stopped using "American" a long, long time ago. I understand why people get offended by US citizens calling themselves American, but I also don't know a single tico who would ever classify themselves as "American". So it seems like a silly battle to me.

 

I always use "from the states" now. But even when I say that I still get "What? The United States of Mexico? You know there's more than one!"

 

It's super frustrating to me. Maybe I need to get used to saying "estadounidense" and then everyone will leave me the freak alone! <_<

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lucybelle - I have found that Costa Ricans are always curious about "where you are from." Sometimes when they ask me that, I say, "Costa Rica." and, of course, they say - no, before that.

 

Usually I say - before Costa Rica, I lived in Florida. It's not really a big deal, just say where you lived.

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Yup me too...I'm from Florida.

Except the one time I was in Panama and being hassled by a "tour guide" and I said Costa Rica...somehow he didn't believe me. His response was "they don't speak English in Costa Rica"...anyway, that's a whole 'nother story.

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I say estadounidense.

Good for you, Tiffany,

 

I also say estadounidense though there seem to be a lot of norteamericanos who can't seem to handle the seven syllables of either word.

 

I also tell ticos that I am a gringo desde Tampa, de la Florida, como una hora y pico al oeste de Orlando/Disney and that seems to satisfy them.

 

¡Pura Vida!

 

Paul M.

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I learned I have to differentiate between Washington state and Washington DC, if someone wants to know more, beyond just estadounidense. To me, if someone says "I'm from Washington", I assume the state, because most folks I've known from the capitol say, "I'm from DC". However, I learned that here in CR, people assume DC. ("Have you met the president?")

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Ticos usually ask where in the US I'm from, and, yes, they usually assume that "Washington" means DC, so I always say, Washington State, near Seattle. And It is so muy frio right now! Thrilled to be in CR!

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