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In Spain I learned aqui, alli, alla, but in Costa Rica it all seems to become aca. Am I not remembering the Castillano correctly or does this differentiation not exist in Latin America?

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In Spain "Acá" is not typically used. So you probably learned the Spanish from Spain where we use aquí, allá and allí as you said (remember the accents).

I believe the word acá is very common in Latin America countries, and has the same meaning as aquí.

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It might not be as usual as in other Spanish speaking countries, but it is indeed used. –  Gorpik Jan 30 at 8:52
    
@Gorpik Never heard –  SysDragon Jan 30 at 8:55
    
In any case, why do you say that official Spanish does not use it? Acá is as official a word as any other. –  Gorpik Jan 30 at 9:01
    
@Gorpik With official I meant to refer to the language used in Spain, in which I believed acá was not used. –  SysDragon Jan 30 at 9:04
    
As it was explained to me in Madrid aqui....alli............alla. Sorry I don't have the accents. In Costa Rica it seems to be aca....aca.............aca –  user2405 Jan 30 at 22:30
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"Aquí" and "Acá" have the same meaning. The same for "Allí" and "Allá".

We use "Aquí/Acá" when you're talking about a position near to you, or maybe your own position. In the other hand, "Allí/Allá" is for pointing a position far from you.

For example:

  • Aquí/Acá fue donde lo vi por última vez.

  • Esta silla de aquí/acá es de hace 5 años.

  • Vamos a comer allá/allí

  • Ese de allá/allí es a quien buscas

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I'm from Chile, and this is how we use this words –  ntrx Jan 28 at 19:11
    
Thank you for your insight –  user2405 Jan 30 at 22:34
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