Wednesday, February 13, 2013

No habla Espanol....by Jessica

Everywhere I go, people speak Spanish to me.  

To make people aware that I don't speak fluently in Spanish, I usually respond in English..... 

Them: "Hola, como estas?" 
Me: "Hello.  Good, thanks.  How are you?"  

This isn't because I don't know how to respond back but it's because if I answer back in Spanish then they proceed to have a longer more involved conversation which has to end with me saying "no habla Espanol" or some other botched up version of I speak very little Spanish. 

Which is then followed by them looking at me with a "what kinda Latina girl are you?" which I then have to explain in my poorly spoken Spanish about my "japones" and "ingles" heritage which makes me look Spanish, but I'm not and I've explained that little tidbit about 6 million times in my life and I'm kinda sick of it.

I'm thinking about slapping a sticker on my shirt that says "I wish I could speak Spanish but I don't.  I'm half Japanese".  But of course, in Spanish.  Which would result in people thinking I spoke Spanish...so I'd be back to square one.

Maybe I should just learn Spanish?




11 comments:

Rachel said...

dilemnas dilemenas but adorable picture!!!

(and I sure wish I could spell that word)

Taylor Unciano said...

Aw that's hilarious; i'm going to get you that sticker! Trin get's that response too. At Mexican restaurants, he's just started ordering in Spanish.

Jessica said...

But then don't they try and ask him all sorts of questions in Spanish??? I know I won't understand "do you want an appetizer?" in Espanol.

Jessica said...

Rachel - I kind of like dilemena - sounds like an enema gone awry.

Rachel said...

There's a lovely thought. An enema.. how horrid...gone awry....beyond awful . salts

Jessica said...

salts. :)

Ian D Walker said...

A great blog. Working at a bank I tend to get both. Either folks thinking I speak Spanish.. Cant tell u how many times I have been asked if I'm from Cuba or Brazil.
Or I get folks that look at me weird when I speak the little spanish that I do know. It's a never ending paradox I tell you!

Jessica said...

i know exactly the weird look you get when you speak the little spanish you do know, exactly. get it all the time too. ha!

Anonymous said...

This is great! Too funny. No way out of this one I guess.

I must say though, that you do look Latina in this particular photo;-)

-m-

Anonymous said...

i use to get that at work all the time to

Alakai's Place said...

I'm Hawaiian, Chinese, and Portuguese...so I feel you girl! But I do get funny looks when people start speaking to me in Spanish but I respond Japanese...or even Chinese for that matter! NIHAO MA!!!! *Really that's all I know!* XD