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'Maybe es una Explotation en el Motoration...'

Learning a language can be difficult. Sometimes we go through embarrassing or funny like this. / Aprendiendo un idioma puede ser difícil y pasamos por cosas algunas vergonzosas o chistosas, como esta.

Editor's Note: The Spanish version follows the English.

Nota de Redacción: La versión en español le sigue a la de inglés.

Adventures in English

Hi everyone. Today I want to talk about the difficulties that we face when we come to this country. One of those difficulties is the language. Because of language, we go through things that we never thought would happen, some embarrassing, some funny like the story I’m about to tell you.

One day my friend and I, both of whom had only been in the U.S. for a few weeks, were driving on the Interstate 5 towards Sacramento.

Neither one of us spoke any English, just a few words. Out of nowhere the car started to have problems, and we had to pull over to the side. A few minutes after, the police arrived to help us, but when they asked us what happened we couldn't answer. The only thing that came to mind for me were two images, one of a motor and the other of an explosion, but I didn’t know how to say it.

So I gave my "Ingles Sin Barreras" (English Without Barriers is a language-learning book and tape program) a try and I told him this: "No sé que pasa, maybe es una explotation en el motoration."

The policeman stared at me and wanted to laugh but he still understood what I wanted to say (I don’t know what’s wrong, it’s a defect in the engine). Fortunately the police helped us to tow the car and everything was fine. On the way home, my friend and I laughed the entire way.

Aventuras en Ingles

Saludos a todos. Hoy quiero hablar de las dificultades que enfrentamos cuando llegamos a este país, y una de estas dificultades es el idioma que nos hace pasar por cosas que nunca nos imaginamos, algunas vergonzosas y otras chistosas, como esta que les voy a contar.

Un día yo y mi amigo, ambos teniamos pocas semanas de haber llegado al país, estabamos manejando por la carretera 5 rumbo a Sacramento.

Ninguno de los dos hablabamos nada de inglés, solo algunas pocas palabras. De repente el carro comenzo a fallar y nos orillamos a un lado. Unos minutos después llego la policía para podernos ayudar pero cuando nos preguntó que pasaba, por unos instantes nos quedamos callados. Lo único que se me vino a la mente fueron dos imágenes, la de un motor y una explocion, pero no sabía cómo decirlo.

Así que le avente mi inglés sin barreras y le dije esto: "No sé que pasa, maybe es una explotation en el motoration." El policía se me quedó viendo y quería reírse pero aún así entendió lo que le quise decir ("I don't know what's wrong, it's a defect in the engine."). Afortunadamente el policía nos ayudó a sacar el carro y todo estuvo bien. Ya de regreso a casa mi amigo y yo veniamos riendo todo el camino.

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Maria January 07, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Es sin lugar a duda un excelente ejemplo de las multiples vicisitudes que suceden a las personas que carecen del dominio de otra lengua y de como con ingenio y buena voluntad podemos intendernos a pesar de todo. Maria

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