spanish etiquette

Don’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 don’t have time to play, “Let’s guess what the gringo is trying to say.”

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 it’s a good idea to ask politely first.

Learn this:

In Spanglish: “Por favor. ¿Hablar Español?” “¿Puede usted ayudar con mi Español por favor?”

Phonetically: “Poor fa-vor. Ah-blar Es-pahn-yol?” “Poo-wed-thay oo-sthead ah-you-dar cone me Es-pahn-yole poor fah-vore?”

How they’ll hear it: “Please. To speak Spanish?” “Can you to help with my Spanish please?”

It’s horrible Spanish but it’ll work. Your victim will most likely respond, “¡Claro!” meaning: “Of course.” Then go for it. Keep in mind “no” means “no” 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 it’s own great reward.

Buena suerte amigos!