All Spanish Should Learn To Speak Fluent English

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11 Aug 2011 00:00 by Bigwilly Star rating in Spain of course. 118 posts Send private message

I was watching spanish TV and Zapatero (president or king or boss of spain or something) was on Tv saying in spanish to an audience how all spanish people should be learning english and it was critical these days to know it fluently.

So an english reporter in the audience said to Zapatero. "how good is your english?"

To which he replied " No Hables Englais" (spanish for, i do not speak english)

To which the audience laughed rather a lot.

I didnt see anymore because i was rolling on the floor pissing myself laughing.





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11 Aug 2011 07:55 by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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It should because it is an international language; more widely (widely I say) than any other language. It beats Esperanto hands down. My mother tongue is I am afraid yet another more or less dead language - Gaelic



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11 Aug 2011 11:56 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4536 posts Send private message

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Hopefully when Zippy does get around to learning English, someone will teach him to capitallize where appropriate.

Meanwhile, the Spanish for "I do not speak English" is actually "no hablo inglés".

(People in glass houses......)

Mike, look on the bright side - at least nobody is bastardising your mother tongue on public forums. Or speaking it wot like these rioters is, man. Init?



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11 Aug 2011 12:17 by campana Star rating in Marbella. 474 posts Send private message

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What an absolutely marvellous and original idea!!





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11 Aug 2011 21:53 by casalinda Star rating in Las Alpujarras. 54 posts Send private message

Cuando en Roma etc - in other words,  if you choose to live here then make an effort to learn the language.   It's part of the joy of a foreign country and its culture.  If not, go home!  Business/communications worldwide is another matter entirely and may end up being in English...or Chinese!





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11 Aug 2011 22:15 by campana Star rating in Marbella. 474 posts Send private message

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Hear hear, Casalinda. 





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11 Aug 2011 22:41 by abbbb1 Star rating in Essex and Ciudad Que.... 306 posts Send private message

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When I was thinking of living in Spain, full time, the first thing that I did was to learn Spanish - otherwise you don't really get to know what is going on around you!  This has certainly come in handy when travelling to some parts of Spain off the tourist trail.  When Spanish people come to England do they expect the English to speak in to them in Spanish???????



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12 Aug 2011 08:46 by eljefe Star rating in Torrevieja. 15 posts Send private message

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 Has anyone been to Gibralter? Have you heard the locals their talking? They speak Spanglish ! Half their sentance is in Spanish and ended in English , it's brillient. I speak Spanish after 23 years here I should, but after visiting Gibralter I am enjoying my new found language of Spanglish. 

Also have you noticed that Colombian Spanish is easier to understand than Spanish Spanish. They throw in English words all the time into their sentances.

So my message to all is if you have a little Spanish jsut speak as much as you know and when you get stuck just throw in a few english words. I am sure you will be understood as 90% of Spanish understand English from the movies they watch and the music they listen too. 

So I think Spanglish is the way forward. So does Wikipedia by the way!



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12 Aug 2011 15:49 by casalinda Star rating in Las Alpujarras. 54 posts Send private message

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12 Aug 2011 16:46 by eljefe Star rating in Torrevieja. 15 posts Send private message

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If I wanted a Spellchecker I would have used the button. I speak how I speak, I don't need some retired teacher correcting my spelling ta! I write how I speak with an accent. 

Do something useful and leave me alone!



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12 Aug 2011 19:21 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4536 posts Send private message

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@casalinda: you must understand, just as Colombians speak some rare dialect of Spanish, so do the Torreviejans write a modified version of English.



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12 Aug 2011 23:44 by janie2003 Star rating. 129 posts Send private message

 Shame the english can no longer speak a di ingleeeeesh





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13 Aug 2011 01:26 by fultond Star rating in Haywards Heath & Tor.... 242 posts Send private message

that's not fare. Before I went to university I couldn't even spell enginere. Now I are one.



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13 Aug 2011 10:56 by janie2003 Star rating. 129 posts Send private message

 Tank yoo fultond me alwees fort it was spelt ingineere

i finks now me bee a berra persun

 





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13 Aug 2011 19:54 by Monica 77 Star rating. 45 posts Send private message

Hi Big Willy,

 

how to you translate your name in Spanish as I'm keen to learn the language. 

Slan go foil

go raibh maith agat (from this dead language)

Monica

 


 



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13 Aug 2011 20:23 by janie2003 Star rating. 129 posts Send private message

 Big  willy is Pitulon





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13 Aug 2011 20:59 by campana Star rating in Marbella. 474 posts Send private message

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Tee hee, Janie.

Willy is thinking of standing for office in the Spanish local elections, so I did give him a couple of names he might use on his posters.  He hasn't got back to me about them yet. 

This is a refined forum  so I can't really put up any other names to suit.

 

Patricia

 





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13 Aug 2011 21:05 by janie2003 Star rating. 129 posts Send private message

 He could try Pajero note this is not pajaro (bird) but i reckon would be a good name for anyhone in politics





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13 Aug 2011 22:30 by campana Star rating in Marbella. 474 posts Send private message

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ROFL Janie.

Now where did a nice girl like you learn that stuff....

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14 Aug 2011 00:02 by janie2003 Star rating. 129 posts Send private message

 Sorry but when you speak a language fluently it is obligatory to learn it all and I know a lot worse hehe and you did ask and it would be rude to not answer. Anyway dont you think Pitulon Pajero has a catchy ring to it.,

Then Pitulon Huevon has a good sound to it.

When in his campaign 'campagna' play on words campana he would have something to ring out loud and that with which to ring it OUCH

By the way did you know Mitsubishi launched a car  in spain called Pajero and wondered why they could not sell it in spain

then of course there was the Opal Nova didnt sell well either lol

 



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