Donâ€™t be surprised if you roll out a positively brilliant Spanglish sentence and get a confused stare in return or you are flat-out ignored. There are lots of reasons why.
Some folks donâ€™t have time to play, â€śLetâ€™s guess what the gringo is trying to say.â€ť
Others may not be able to switch easily back and forth between English and Spanish. To do so is a real talent! After all, can you do it?
So, if you want to practice your Spanglish on some unsuspecting test subject in public itâ€™s a good idea to ask politely first.
In Spanglish: â€śPor favor. ÂżHablar EspaĂ±ol?â€ť â€śÂżPuede usted ayudar con mi EspaĂ±ol por favor?â€ť
Phonetically: â€śPoor fa-vor. Ah-blar Es-pahn-yol?â€ť â€śPoo-wed-thay oo-sthead ah-you-dar cone me Es-pahn-yole poor fah-vore?â€ť
How theyâ€™ll hear it: â€śPlease. To speak Spanish?â€ť â€śCan you to help with my Spanish please?â€ť
Itâ€™s horrible Spanish but itâ€™ll work. Your victim will most likely respond, â€śÂˇClaro!â€ť meaning: â€śOf course.â€ť Then go for it. Keep in mind â€śnoâ€ť means â€śnoâ€ť in Spanish, English and Spanglish.
All in all, it is a worldwide fact that just about anybody appreciates the effort of another to learn his language. It shows respect and humanity. I guarantee you that the effort extended will always generate itâ€™s own great reward.
Buena suerte amigos!