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Old 13-06-2020, 07:47   #10966
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Somewhere in Latinamerica as the sashel of the boy is in Spanish and the teacher has that perfect mix of 3 blended ethnic groups.
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Old 13-06-2020, 07:52   #10967
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My 4-year-old nephew has been learning Spanish since lockdown.

He can’t say ‘please’ which I think is poor for four.
More Spanish humor.

Was broke down in Cancun so called a mechanic to work on my boat, asked when he could come.

Mañana, he replied.

Great I say. What time tomorrow?

Sorry senor, I cannot come tomorrow.

But you said mañana

Yes, but mañana doesn't really mean tomorrow, it just means not today.
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Old 13-06-2020, 07:57   #10968
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More Spanish humor.

Was broke down in Cancun so called a mechanic to work on my boat, asked when he could come.

Mañana, he replied.

Great I say. What time tomorrow?

Sorry senor, I cannot come tomorrow.

But you said mañana

Yes, but mañana doesn't really mean tomorrow, it just means not today.
Yes, and also means "morning". So "tomorrow morning" is "mañana por la mañana". No wonder time seems so relative to Spaniards :P
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Old 13-06-2020, 08:28   #10969
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Yes, and also means "morning". So "tomorrow morning" is "mañana por la mañana". No wonder time seems so relative to Spaniards :P
Another Spanish word, ahora which translate literally now. However a friend from Mexico informed me that like mañana, ahora is not to be taken literally.

If someone really means now instead of pretty soon or after a while they will say ahora mismo, literal translation the same now or alternatively ahorita meaing a very small now.
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Old 13-06-2020, 08:43   #10971
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Another Spanish word, ahora which translate literally now. However a friend from Mexico informed me that like mañana, ahora is not to be taken literally.

If someone really means now instead of pretty soon or after a while they will say ahora mismo, literal translation the same now or alternatively ahorita meaing a very small now.
Yes, I too have learned these lessons the hard way living in Spanish speaking countries
I'm a pretty punctual guy, so it was tough.
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Old 13-06-2020, 10:21   #10972
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Old 13-06-2020, 11:34   #10973
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having spent some time in South Africa, one must get used to:

"now now"...ie, meaning I'm coming, not right now, but soon enuff, could be 5 minutes, 15 minutes, an hour....it's a basically a " promissory note " to come, without an actual commitment of when.

"just now"...ie, " I'm coming just now" meaning as soon as I've mowed the lawn, washed the cat, etc...it's not to be confused with " now now" as the time frame is meant to suggest quicker than " now now", but how quick is undefined,

Learning to use which phrase at what time is beyond my ability to explain...if you are wrong, someone will tell you "but I thought you said you were coming now now, not just now"...
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having spent some time in South Africa, one must get used to:

"now now"...ie, meaning I'm coming, not right now, but soon enuff, could be 5 minutes, 15 minutes, an hour....it's a basically a " promissory note " to come, without an actual commitment of when.

"just now"...ie, " I'm coming just now" meaning as soon as I've mowed the lawn, washed the cat, etc...it's not to be confused with " now now" as the time frame is meant to suggest quicker than " now now", but how quick is undefined,

Learning to use which phrase at what time is beyond my ability to explain...if you are wrong, someone will tell you "but I thought you said you were coming now now, not just now"...
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I used to stay at a tourist resort hotel in Mexico where the staff had one answer to any issue.


"The window screen is torn, and we have a lot of bugs in our room."

- No problem, senorita; No problem.


" I can't turn on the TV, the remote is broken"
- No problem... no problem!


"Can I get more towels?"


Nothing got done... because it wasn't a problem.
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yes, that is another one..." Ja nee" meaning "yes no"...

Asking someone a question, could get a respond like " ja nee, ek weet nie" .. translated "yes no, I don't know"...

As South Africa has 11 official spoken languages, most South Africans are multi-lingual and have a tendency to switch languages at will, as certain expressions or words are better said in a different language..
South African "english" can be very confusing to an outsider...as their " english" may contain many words from another language..a conversation between a group of people in South Africa is often very confusing to an outsider as a speaker will flip from one language to another without even thinking about it..
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I used to stay at a tourist resort hotel in Mexico where the staff had one answer to any issue.


"The window screen is torn, and we have a lot of bugs in our room."

- No problem, senorita; No problem.


" I can't turn on the TV, the remote is broken"
- No problem... no problem!


"Can I get more towels?"


Nothing got done... because it wasn't a problem.

At a hotel on Isla Mujeres, I wondered why so many people were looking at me and laughing.


My wife pointed to the T shirt I was wearing: No Problema
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Old 13-06-2020, 12:25   #10978
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yes, that is another one..." Ja nee" meaning "yes no"...

Asking someone a question, could get a respond like " ja nee, ek weet nie" .. translated "yes no, I don't know"...

As South Africa has 11 official spoken languages, most South Africans are multi-lingual and have a tendency to switch languages at will, as certain expressions or words are better said in a different language..
South African "english" can be very confusing to an outsider...as their " english" may contain many words from another language..a conversation between a group of people in South Africa is often very confusing to an outsider as a speaker will flip from one language to another without even thinking about it..
Yup, "Ja nee" is more of an inflection than a statement, doesn't mean yes or no. "Ne" is another nice one, means "is that so" or "it is how it is". Funnily enough "ne" also exists in Polish with the same kind of meaning.
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off course.....the truly one South Africanism...." howsit".....a greeting..." meaning " how is it going with you"...but shortened to " howsit"...kinda like American" how y'all doin'"....

And finally, can't close this topic without the word.....or is it a word.." aishh"...from the Xhosa nation....yep, go ahead, pronounce that word...meaning " really? "..."no kidding?"
it gets used a lot it seems and has multiple meanings...surprise.....joy...sadness...ad infinitum...

not really a joke topic....but some humorous takes on the english language
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Haha, yea, but can you pronounce "xhosa"? The timing and tone of the click is difficult. Another thing I find funny in hindsight is that different languages have different words for "owch!". In ZA it's "aiyneh!", at least phonetically, I forget how it's written.
"Howzit" is also used as meaning kind of "there you go!" but mostly in the context of sport.

Edit - yea, perhaps a little off topic, but languages can be funny.
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