Wednesday, 7 June 2017

¡Hola!

As you know I do speak one or two languages. Well, three really. Ehm, four. Hold on, five. And I understand a sixth and I can mumble a bit in a seventh. I am getting confused now, so I will have to go back and count properly. 

Dutch and English (that's two). Norwegian and German (four), French (five). I understand Frysian (my Dad's language and yes, it's a real one). And I get along fine with a few words of Italian. Like ordering food and asking the way. Basic though, very basic. So seven-ish. 

Anyhoo, yesterday a cruise ship arrived. Filled with about 2,500 passengers. Who spoke a language not on my list. Spanish! Well, I know hola, buenos dias and adios. And I think I would be able to order a beer in Spanish, but didn't think it would be appropriate since I was driving. 

My go-to language when dealing with Spanish speakers is Italian. Close enough to actually get a look of recognition from most. As long as I pick the right words of course. 

The passengers came on board and asked how much it would cost. Their English wasn't that great, my Spanish non-existent, but saying it in Italian worked fine. By the time they took the bus back (same group, plus a whole bunch more), I was able to mention that they had to use their seat belts in Italian. Something along the (very badly pronounced and not even proper Italian I guess) lines of 'sinture di sicurezza'. Everyone understood though and there were clicks everywhere. 

When we got back to town, I could feel the tension in the bus. Where do we get off, where exactly are we? So, I said in a nice friendly holler (I am a great hollerer): 'prossima stop, sentro o barca' (meaning next stop: center and boat). Whether it was good or bad Italian/Spanish I don't know, but everybody thought it was brilliant and I got a round of applause and most of them got off. 

Adios!

14 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    Fabulous - my go to is sign language, the miming dialect! YAM xx

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    1. That doesn't quite work when people are behind you and I have to have at least one hand at the wheel.

      I've found animal noises work quite good too!

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  2. My Mum speaks English and Dog...although sometimes she's a bit slow on understand and acting on the 'feed me now' bark!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  3. That is a lot of languages to keep straight in your head. Do you ever dream in different languages?

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  4. That's amazing that you speak so many languages. Ghostwriter knows some German. She took 2 years of Spanish in high school, but hardly remembers any of it. She says if you don't use it, you lose it.

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    1. You do, but once you get into it again, you will find that it comes back as well.

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  5. Wow, your certainly are fluent with several languages. I only know one.

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  6. It is admirable that you speak so many languages! Me and Stanley only speak Bark.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. Ah, but when you meet a German Shepherd, you understand each other don't you? Or a Mexican Chihuahua? Don't underestimate the power of Bark!

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  7. That is about 6ish more than I speak. Great job!

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    1. Yet, we both get by wonderfully in this world!

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  8. Crikey Mara ..... how smart are you?? My Mum only speaks one language, English, and she doesn't even do that very well.

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    1. It's my main talent. As well as chatting a lot, I am really good at that as well.

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