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    Most people know the word "Gracias" and use the response "de nada" in conversation. In Costa Rica you will almost always hear, "con mucho gusto" or "con gusto" ... you will also hear these responses in Nicaragua but not as often. In the internet cafes, la chicas used to say, "a la orden"....and my sister in law likes to say. "no hay de que"....are there other responses to someone saying "gracias"?
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    "A la orden" is more of a business-like response between salesman and customer. "De nada" is standard and should always work for casual conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackMcG View Post
    Most people know the word "Gracias" and use the response "de nada" in conversation. In Costa Rica you will almost always hear, "con mucho gusto" or "con gusto" ... you will also hear these responses in Nicaragua but not as often. In the internet cafes, la chicas used to say, "a la orden"....and my sister in law likes to say. "no hay de que"....are there other responses to someone saying "gracias"?
    Para servirte= at your service
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    In Mexico it's mostly "para servirle" or "no hay de que". Funny thing, I think I've only heard "de nada" in the U.S.
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    No problemo

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    Default I always know when Maria is winding up a phone call to her mother....

    Buenos Pues....Bueno Pues...Buenos Pues....

    Seems her Mom just wants to keep talking and Maria is paying for the phone call.

    I finally asked "What is Bueno Pues"?

    OK Then ...OK Then...

    Kinda like when we are having sex......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom View Post
    Buenos Pues....Bueno Pues...Buenos Pues....

    Seems her Mom just wants to keep talking and Maria is paying for the phone call.

    I finally asked "What is Bueno Pues"?

    OK Then ...OK Then...

    Kinda like when we are having sex......
    T-M-I.............T-M-I.......
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    The first "bueno pues" means there are ten minutes left in the call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randude View Post
    No problemo
    I've always liked No Problemo!
    Dios es Amor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom View Post
    Buenos Pues....Bueno Pues...Buenos Pues....

    Seems her Mom just wants to keep talking and Maria is paying for the phone call.

    I finally asked "What is Bueno Pues"?

    OK Then ...OK Then...

    Kinda like when we are having sex......
    This is quite descriptive data!

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    Beuno pues can also be used with a dismissive tone to defuse an argument. You're making a point that the other person finally sees but can't admit they were wrong about, so they say, "Bueno pues." It's not unlike rolling your eyes and saying, "Whatever."

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    I used to be a project manager for Boeing managing some engineering and wiring suppliers in Chihuahua. I noted when ever anyone answered a phone it was always "Bueno".
    It is true in so many languages (English included) that direct language translations are not a way to communicate.
    The fellow that wrote The Peoples Guide To Mexico (Carl Franz) made fun of the Americans that would use their college Spanish in Mexico and then get confused looks from the people. He used the example of what to say when you want someone to fill your gas tank.
    There is no substitue for learning directly from the people. My friends mother and father retired in Puerto Vallarta and told me that they went to college to learn Spanish because, in their own words, their hired help were illiterate, and learning from them would teach them bad habits. I suppose there is a ballance some where in the middle.

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    Ask for your gas tank to be "lleno lleno." Saying it twice is different from just plain "full." and answer the phone in Nicaragua with "Alo?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    Ask for your gas tank to be "lleno lleno." Saying it twice is different from just plain "full." and answer the phone in Nicaragua with "Alo?"
    I think only gringos ask for a full tank! Just the fact that you would want to pay for a full tank will draw a surprised look from the attendant.
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    ¿Mi buen sir, usted bondadoso llenaría mi jaguar de gasolina superior?


    Oh, y apresúrese por favor. Mi aeroplano me está esperando.

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