I frequent the Paris board as my husband is a native. Americans always ask if they should learn French before visiting Paris. My answer the same to all...no they do not need to know too much French since everyone speaks English in Paris. Other than the normal polite hello, thank you, please etc...It is just easier for the French to speak English to Americans. It's quicker than trying to figure out what they are trying to communicate.
So is this the same in CR? My husband feels he can get by on his broken Spanish but I am a little concerned...should we have a English/Spanish dictionary just in case?