Nov 4, 2004, 10:30 AM
Post #11 of 15
I'm impressed as anything by anyone that even attempts to learn English--especially as an adult.
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When we were in a shop in Ajijic, I asked for some ham. My spanish is passable but rusty and the girl seemed almost surly when she showed me the various types of meat--everything except ham (jamón). We finally got the right one and as we were leaving I turned to her and thanked her for her patience (in Spanish). Boy, what a difference! Her face lit up and I felt like she realized that I was genuinely trying. That alone made me want to try 100x harder.
Right now, Hubby doesn't speak spanish at all (but he can ask for the bill with the best of ém!), but he's willing to try. When he went down on his own for the house closing, he was in Chapala and discovered that he hadn't packed shampoo. This is what happened:
Hubby (to a waiter): "¿Cómo se dice shampoo?"
So off he went to a farmacia on the great shampoo hunt.
Hubby: "¿Habla shampoo?"
Farmaceútico (with a straight face): "Si."
When Hubby very proudly relayed this to me (thank goodness, via e-mail), it took me a minute to stop laughing. Fortunately, he'd already realized what he had said BUT--the cool thing is that HE TRIED. Of course, when he got home, Jenny (Yenuen) told him that if he studied really hard, in a few years he'd be able to "habla conditioner"!
I just hope that when I begin trying to assimilate in our soon-to-be community, that I'll be able to "habla shampoo", too.
(This post was edited by Biggles on Nov 4, 2004, 10:38 AM)