A Meeting With A Spanish Speaker
I had an appointment with a lady with a Spanish name. When I got to her office I spoke her name in my best Duolingo Spanish.
I was rewarded with a smile, "I don't often hear my name spoken correctly."
I smiled back. I told her I was learning Spanish, she said my accent was very good.
She was from Puerto Rico, New York and then America.
She was very smart, sure of herself and insisted I repeat her vowels. The third latina that did that. We in English use vowels to keep consonants from colliding and pronounce them every-which-a-way.
We talked about the hurricane and her relatives there.
But mostly we laughed about the pronunciation of Puerto Rico. Of course it is usually pronounced here as "Porto Rico" but we had a contest on who could pronounce it more Puerto Rician.
She asked me questions and went to great lengths not to embarrass me.
This is my fourth encounter with Spanish speakers and they all have made me feel comfortable.
Neat! And it's always a pleasant surprise when us Latinos with more difficult names hear our names pronounced correctly on the first try. :)
She was from Puerto Rico, New York, and then America.
Wait, New York is in America (and Puerto Rico, technically, as well). I don't quite get what you're saying here.
Keep up your Spanish practice!