Have you ever met a native Spanish speaker whose English is not fluent? You’ve probably noticed then those certain (and usually the same) mistakes, like (e)smart, (e)study, ‘win’ money (instead of earn) and so many others. The thing you can do here is to be a bit obnoxious and think that by now everyone should speak at least basic English. Or… you can imagine how your Spanish sounds to all those people. And believe me, it usually sounds terrible! As neither Spanish, nor English native speaker I can say, that English accent on Spanish is quite terrible. But this time we aren’t here to talk about the imperfections of one or other accents. The main idea for this post was to emphasize the common flaws everyone speaking two or more language has and to encourage to try to use your broken Spanish, French, Portuguese or any other language as often as you can.
There are so many situations travelling where your English may be worthless, you could be surprised. Let’s take Camino de Santiago as an example. Imagine yourself going to a small village in a rural Spanish area where probability of finding a fluent English speaking person is almost the same as probability of not drinking wine in the evening (it exists, but it’s awfully low). This is the moment you must use your Spanglish. Even if you’re too shy to do that, this is worth doing simply because it will make the things go faster and after a long day of hiking, you want the things to go faster.
Another language you shouldn’t forget, is signs! Even though we’re all fluent at telling people to go… themselves, saying this I was not expecting you to be fluent in any of the sign language systems. I was talking about that special bond people with no common language find when they need it. Showing numbers on the phone/calculator/writing them down, simply showing the signs of food or sleep and many other tricks usually sound so terrible and shameful. And yet, it also makes things go faster. You may think you’ll be wiser than me and will use Google Translate or any other app. And I salute you for this thought, but just in case you don’t have internet and need to show something to the foreign staff member – remember this post.
This is the place where I say goodbye and remind you to download TrailSmart app before planning any hike!
P.S. Picture is here: http://bit.ly/2xOArLJ