Costa Rica’s state language is Spanish. It is very similar to the Spanish spoken in Spain but with a different accent and few different phrases. They have a strong Catholic influence on certain sayings that are commonly used. English is also spoken in Costa Rica due to the high population of tourists visiting every year. Most of the English speakers are descendants of Jamaica on the Caribbean side of the country. Around 10% of the country speaks it to keep up with the visitors. Along with English, French, Eastern Yiddish, and Portuguese is spoken. Another dialect is called Patua which is a combination of English, Spanish and French. Having so many different languages together makes it understandable for them to slightly overlap and have a mix of the languages.
In Costa Rica, there are several indigenous languages with only a few speakers left. For example, Boruca Indians only have a few of the elders left who speak Boruca fluently. Guatuso, Terible and Cabecar Indians have 500, 2,000, and 4,000 speakers respectively. The less “endangered” languages for Costa Rica are Bribri and Dorasque Indians with 10,000 speaking members each. These languages could potentially disappear, some more quicker than others. Each language holds deep roots for the culture of each group, and to lose a part of it would be devastating. While the languages can now be recorded to the internet, they still run the chance of being forgotten forever without native speakers keeping the language alive. But having multiple languages can also cause problems with communication and create divides between the cultures. It is difficult to trade or work together without having one language to communicate to each other with. But different organizations around the world are put in place to help create alliances and work with different countries to promote trade and financial support.
Costa Rica is a part of the United Nations, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organizations. The requirements for United Nations are as followed: “Membership in the United Nations is open to all other peace-loving states which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able and willing to carry out these obligations. The admission of any such state to membership in the United Nations will be effected by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.” (Article 4, Chapter 2, United Nations Charter). Costa Rica was accepted to the United Nations on November 2, 1945. They have recently renewed their support, especially in the contribution to help promote human rights. Ms. Miranda, President of Costa Rica in 2010, spoke about how help was still needed all around the world. She wanted women to have equal rights, and to stop the wars happening all around the world. Luis Rivera, the President of Costa Rica in 2015, prepared a similar speech but focused on his Humanitarian Pledge. The Humanitarian Pledge which calls for weapons of mass destruction to be on probation and nuclear weapons to be on the same foot as other countries. He called for faster action by the Security Council, and for women to be truly considered for those top leadership roles.
Costa Rica also joined International Monetary Fund a few months after being first accepted into the United Nations. They joined on January 8th, 1946. Today there is 189 member countries working together to secure financial security around the world. The International Monetary Fund logo is put together with a shield, globe and olive branch. The shield symbolizes the secure financial stability of the member countries. The olive branch is for high employment and sustainable economic growth. The two sides of the globe are for all of the 189 countries who work together to make everything smoothly in the organization.
More recently, Costa Rica joined the World Trade Organization on January 1st, 1995. Being in these major world organizations help them with potential allies, financial safety, help with trade and much more. World Trade Organization helps make trade fair between different countries. Trade helps the global economy and other countries lack certain products or natural resources so this helps to everyone in the long run.