A Sad, Sad Story About Why It is Essential to Learn Spanish in Central America


     I believe most people are terrified of  speaking a foreign language on the phone, at least at first.  I was. Now I am to the point that it frustrates me more than scares me, but I’m kicking myself for not studying harder.  Why?  Because after a certain Spanish speaking gentleman and I hung up moments ago in mutual frustration, I put together the bits I understood and light-bulbed that he was telling me … I actually WON THE CAR they were raffling off at the Los Santos Feria! 
     Too bad, so sad.  In fact, double “demonios,” which is how they translate “bad words” from English to Spanish on TV.  A) My phone connection with this gentleman whose number was “Unknown” was horrible because I had bought a really cheap phone and I couldn’t understand most of what he said (lesson #1).  B) My Spanish is still so uncertain I couldn’t understand the rest of what he said either (lesson #2).  So we said “Ciao” and hung up.
     As the call drifted into history and I replayed it mentally, I recognized certain words and phrases, “tiene ganar” being one of them, and realized that I had just run over my own foot with a free Honda Yaris I would now not be getting.
     Waaaaahhh.
     The moral of this story? Aprende bien el español.