7.16.2009

What does a rooster say?

When learning a language, there are certain things you're never going to learn by sitting in a classroom.

For example, It completely escaped my notice that I had gone the inaugural concert of OOO DOS last month. I mistakenly had thought the band I saw was called EWE TOO (U2).

On another occasion, when a friend invited me to dinner by e-mail, graciously writing in English instead of her native tongue:

Hi!!! How are you? Do you have plans for tonight? Im going with some friends to have ....mmmmhhh dinner (or is it lunch?) jiji around Gracia.

I responded by saying I'd be happy to have lunch at Jiji around Gracia. Right?

Wrong. You can imagine my embarrassment when I discovered that

Jiji = Hee Hee

or that

"Ah ha!" is actually "aj√°."

I could go on forever.

These are the little things that I would not have learned any other way than by living and breathing in a Spanish-speaking country. And all I can say is Wuau, err..uh.. I mean Wow!

2 comments:

kenju said...

Those idioms and idiosyncracies of languages will get you every time!! Once, we were in Cancun, and mr. kenju left his eyeglasses in a taxi. We both speak a little Spanish, but not that much, so when we were trying to tell the taxi dispatcher what we lost, we inadvertently told him "a glass eye". I think there as a lot of laughter at the taxi office that day.

JennyMac said...

Love it...and you are learning while still maintaining a sense of humor. Even better.

I LOVE Barcelona. So envious of you.