Languages

We were having dinner, when Klara turned to me and said, “¿Cómo estás?” At first, I had no idea what she was saying because I’m not trying to teach her Spanish. I knew it sounded familiar but I didn’t expect it to come out of her.

I have no idea where she picked it up.

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3 thoughts on “Languages”

  1. “¿Cómo estás?” …. I have no idea where she picked it up”

    Even back when I was living in the US it was normal for monolingual English speaking kids to pick up a few dozen words/phrases in Spanish. Some of them don’t mean the same thing as they do in Spanish “no comprende” means “I don’t understand” in US english or might be otherwise weird ‘no mas’ used in ways it never is in Spanish or ‘no espanol’ (I don’t speak Spanish).
    I imagine it’s even more normal now. I remember visiting a friend in Houston and surprised to hear her say “muchas gracias” everywhere (she knew no Spanish it had just become a ubiquitous in Houston at the time, not sure about now)

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  2. “At first, I had no idea what she was saying”

    I had that experience in Spain once. I went to the front desk and asked something in Spanish and my brain froze up and couldn’t make any sense of the nonsense syllables coming back at me…. until a couple of sentences in when I realized the receptionist was speaking Polish.

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