Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I only took 1 year of Spanish in high school. Which I totally got an A in by the way.
Do you know what you learn in your first year of Spanish?
I do.
Colors and School Supplies.
When I first moved to Utah when I was 19 I applied to work at a mexican restaurant. They asked me in my interview if I knew Spanish and I was totally honest and said "No....UNLESS someone wants to talk about school supplies...in which case, I'm their girl."
I was hired.
I would sometimes just say all the spanish words I knew and would pretend like I knew how to speak the language.
" Hola amigo, lapiz cuaderno boligrafo papel la mochila??"
If you have never taken Spanish or don't remember your first year of Spanish..let me translate.
I just said: "Hello friend, pencil notebook pen paper backpack"
They got the biggest kick out of me, the little white girl or should I say the little BLANCA girl...
Today at work (I work at a scrapbook store) this hispanic woman came in.
I greeted her and asked her if I could help her with anything.
She just looked at me and said "espanol??"
I shook my head and apologized. Thats when the charades began. She dug into her purse and pulled out a pencil. She then pretended to be sharpening her pencil...
I gasped. "Oh! you want a SACAPUNTAS?!?!"
Her eyes got nearly as big as the grin on her face.
We laughed.
Unfortunately we didn't have any pencil sharpeners for her to buy, but she didn't leave until I taught her how to say pencil sharpener.
Looks like my first year of Spanish paid off.
Adios, amigos.


Tyler Winn said...

Haha... It's funny how out of the 5 words you actually know you got to use it. That's probably your favorite one by far to say... Maybe possibly the best word in the Spanish language. I'm real proud of you sister.

Cortney said...

Thats why this story is so great...it IS my favorite spanish word to say. Sometimes I use my best Jeffy accent and I use it like its a bad word..haha.

aleksi said...

that is the funniest story i've heard all week. way to be chica.

Likely said...

HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!

It is a great word. Another great one is

crema de cacahuates (ka ka wa-tays)


that is funny stuff. I would have loved o see her smile.

krystyna said...

HAHAHAHA!!! I love this post!!!!! I have yet to ever use that word in real life and I've taken 5 years of Spanish hahaha