Always Remembered RIP
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 1991 560SEC AMG
Location: Grass Valley, N. Calif. / Gardnerville, Nevada
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Well, you know, it is your country and your language, and they ought to speak it exclusively if they are there, and you ought not have to accomodate them, so if you'd rather not learn any of it, I am all with you.
Yet, the reality of it is that you are pretty close to the border down there, and you are as you know over run with people there, with immigrants, legal or illegal, that are unable and/or unwilling to learn English, and it can help a LOT if you can speak Spanish. In a way it opens a whole new world to you, even if you can only say a little, restaurant Spanish.
I know a little as I was married to a Peruvian, and visited down there a bunch of times where hardly anyone knows English. In places like that, with "total immersion" for a month or so, you learn pretty well, enough for the basics anyway.
The verb tenses are hard, (pluperfect and all of that) but the rest isn't too bad. It is fairly like english, and many words that end in English in "-tion" are identical in Spanish except in "-cion" (situation = situacion, etc.)
The people are pretty kind and friendly and they really love it if you try to speak Spanish.
Especially the Latina girls!!!! "Con permiso? = May I?" "Quisieras bailar? = Would you like to dance?" "Necesitas algo? = Do you need anything?" etc
It might definately be worth the effort.
Start with Por favor (please), Gracias (thank you) Digame mas despacio (Say it to me slower) and you will be on your way.
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