In Spain we laugh at people who...

\ "ANGLICISMS-RISES".

(you'll know what kind of people we're laughing about at the end of the entry) 😉. 

ANGLICISMS IN SPANISH (OF SPAIN)

A few weeks ago we went to a concert of Sidecarsa pop-rock band from Madrid, that was playing in a small hall in Elda (Alicante). While we were waiting for them to come out to play, I could not avoid listening to a conversation between two young boys, who at a certain moment in time made me arch my eyebrows.

That was when one of them said:

- SIt would be great to take a road trip in a mini van through the North..

¿Road trip? ¿Mini van? 😯 

That wasn't said in my day... - I thought.

The Spanish language is changingthere is no doubt about it.

I was quite surprised by the naturalness with which the boy dropped* the sentence, and the pronunciation of the English words he used: he said them both as if they were Spanish words, "road trip" (with the "r" strong, the "o", the "a" and the "d" softened, almost imperceptible) and "mini-van" (as if it were a single word accented on the syllable "van" \"miniván").

* Release: say (colloquial Spanish of Spain)

In other words, mispronounced both English words, which is normal if you are Spanish.  😆 

The fact is that, generally speaking, a Spanish person he does not pronounce English well, he makes it his own, he "Spanishizes" it: Wifi is "güifi", pub is "pub", MP3 is "emepetres", hall is "jol", etc.

And, what's more, we take pride in it. 😎 

It's a laugh, isn't it?

Well, the curious thing is that in Spain nobody laughs at those who mispronounce Englishwe laugh at...

... who pronounce it well!

Unbeliable, isn't it? 🙂 🙂 

In Spain, we sometimes laugh at things that we don't understand. are not funny at all. For example, if we see someone slipping and falling in the street, i.e., "getting hurt", we have an irremediable urge to laugh (even so, we go over to help, we are not so evil).

Yes, we are like that, we have a somewhat peculiar sense of humor.

We also laugh at people who speak good English. We think (I'm speaking in general, Alexandra and I don't) that pronouncing English words correctly is for people. cocky, arrogant, snobbish, snobbish, snobbish (yes, with an "e").

Why do we laugh at those who speak good English?

Well, maybe it's because we're a bit of a redneck*.And deep down it bothers us that we can't speak English well. That is the idea that conveys this articlein which he criticizes this very Spanish attitude. 

* Cateto/a: Ignorant, small-town. 

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THE PRONUNCIATION

In Spain, we replace or imitate English sounds quite badly, and this mania and inability of ours makes Anglicisms be practically incomprehensible to foreigners.

Very common is the pronunciation of h- in initial position as "j".for example: hall is "jol", hippy is "jipi", field hockey is "jókei".

Another case is the pronunciation of s- in initial position followed by a consonant. In this case it reads as "is". For example: skin head is "eskínjed", tuxedo is "esmokin", star is "to be", stress is "stress".

The pronunciation of the w- varies, can be "b" or "gü".. For example, wáter is "váter", watio is "bátio", but western is "güestern", windsurfing is "güinsúrfin", whisky is "güiski".

Listen to the words above here (and have a good laugh if you want) 😆

FORMATION OF THE PLURAL

In most cases the final -s or -es is added. Some words have the same form for singular and plural or both forms can be used. Examples:

Singular                               Plural

airbag airbag(s)

cocktail cocktails, cocktails, cocktails

elepé elepés elepés

gangster gangsters gangsters, gangsters

hippy or hippie hippies, hippies, hippies

pub pubs

pudding puddings

sandwich sandwiches sandwiches

stop stop stop, stops

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To conclude, Want to laugh some more? Watch this funny video full of anglicisms.

How many can you understand? Write it(s) in the comments! 

 

Sources:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/01/15/tentaciones/1484511767_273523.html

https://is.muni.cz/th/145734/ff_b/bakalarska_diplomova_prace.pdf

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