Stupid foreigners, unite


I am trying to learn Spanish. I am not doing so well, but as I tell my students, learning a language is a series of failures. If you don’t make a mistake, you are simply not trying hard enough. Clearly, I’m trying.

I was trying to ask my students the question, “When is your birthday?” (¿Cuando es tu cumpleaños?) But my pronunciation isn’t very good. Instead of “año,” the  Spanish word for year, I said “ano” which is a completely different word.

Go ahead. Look it up on Google Translate. I’ll wait.

Is this not proof that I’m trying really hard? Even if I’m failing monumentally?


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I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

One thought on “Stupid foreigners, unite”

  1. Lol! If it makes you feel any better, in French, when trying to say, “Thank you very much,” it is easy to say instead, “Thanks, nice a$$.”

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