Despite the fact that I have taken six years of beginning Spanish, I’m still horrible at it. I’m infinitely better at speaking Spanish than understanding it, but that doesn’t say much either. Some people though think I am really proficient because I say certain phrases over and over again. It’s a great disguise! Here’s what I mean. Today, I had to find a laundry mat near by my apartment and after searching around I found the cheapest one at $4.75 a load… hey welcome to Manhattan. Anyway, all of the workers spoke Spanish, so as soon as I walked in I immediately followed with :
Hola, me llamo Marc Elliot. Mi espanol es muy malo, pero tengo una condicion medico se llama Tourettes syndromo. Tengo, ruido de mi boca y tambien es involunatrio. Gracias para entender.
I think this translates to: Hi my name is Marc Elliot. My Spanish is bad, BUT I have a medical condition called Tourette’s syndrome. I have noise coming from my mouth and it’s involuntary. Thanks for being understanding.
Since most of the time people just nod their head, I assume I’m saying the right thing! When I was in high school I asked my Spanish teacher Senora Roman to help translate my normal “Tourette’s intro speech” into Spanish before I went on my senior spring break trip. I’m so glad I did, because no matter how little Spanish I know now, I’ll keep that phrase with me forever and people will actually think I’m awesome at speaking Spanish! Thanks Senora Roman.