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As a Costa Rican myself, I can tell you that it actually isn't pronounced as "my", it's similar, but you are missing the last "e". Mae is used in all kinds of situations it can express anger "Mae, que mierda." That can translate to "Shit, dude." The difference is that Costa Ricans can say that expression without actually talking to someone else, the mae ...


According to this reference it is slang for dude or just to refer to somebody. Mae can be used to mean "dude" between friends, or simply to refer to any man or woman ("ese mae te está llamando" = "that guy is calling you"). It seems that is actually pronounced like the English word "my" (although official language is Spanish, many Costa-Rican are ...

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