She Didn't Know I Could Understand Spanish
I was at a restaurant with my spanish speaking friend and mother(they are from Puerto Rico). I can understand spanish just fine but speaking it is hard for me. We ended up going to this really nice restaurant and we all sit down. Her mother looks around and then at the menu and says, "This place is for white people," in spanish. I start laughing and my friend says, "She understands you." She turned to me, paused, laughed and said, "Well it's true!"
Please do not take offense to this! I am just recounting a story. I am a white person and honestly I found this so funny. Again, this is not meant to be offensive.
EDIT AUGUST 6th: Thank you to the people who are laughing at this and not freaking out. I appreciate it.
EDIT AUGUST 7th: Holy moly guys. 160 upvotes? This is so cool! Imma bout to be throwing lingots to every commenter when I get enough!
EDIT AUGUST 9th: I gave everyone I could a lingot. If you did not get one its bc i ran out
I did read this post several times because I could not understand the story, then I saw the downvotes and assumed the post is actually offensive. But I did read it again and just now I notice that the phrase "Esto es para blancos" is not write in the menu, instead it say it by the mother. I guess that is a reason to improve my english haha.
The what? Why are people downvoting you? You recounted a story in which you did nothing offensive! Have a lingot. I feel your sorrow.
Hey, I'm so sorry people are downvoting you, you were just sharing s story. I tried to upvote it, but it is still at -1. Sorry, That isn't fair. Here I would also like to give you two lingots to make it five. Maybe other people found it offensive, but I didn't and I want to thank you for sharing and being open and for being a part of the Forum.
I took no offense at your story. In respect to the reactions of some, I will say that sometimes PC can go too far. The mother said this in an almost half- jokingly way in reference to the type of food that was on the menu -- not her usual favored cuisine. And good for you that you understood her. That's a major step before moving on to speaking comfortably.
This is a perfect example of how cultural perceptions affect language and communication. Puerto Rico and the US do not share a cultural background, so the word-by-word phrase means the same in both countries, but they do not carry the same context. While in the US this will raise eyebrows and may be considered offensive, in Puerto Rico this will mean that the menu is not typical Puertorrican cuisine or even that the dishes, although familiar, may be expensive.
Culture is the reason why Google Translate (or online language learning for that matter) will never replace learning a language from a person.
haha that's funny it also happened to me when i was learning dutch. some kids saw me and since i am form Nigeria and i am brown they were laughing at me and they were shouting mean stuff at me and since i was learning dutch i could understand all they were saying so shouted back at them and then one of them said 'she can understand us' and when they all realized that they came up to me and started saying sorry.
i'm so glad you were courageous enough to risk a confrontation. it gave those kids a chance to learn and it lightened what could have been a disappointment in humanity, for you. we all have way too many disappointments in humanity.
Very glad you are learning quite well. I remembered when I was in Spain when I ran into two rude young French tourists on the train. After complementing their appearance, they gave me a smug look and one of them gave me the most condescending complement I've ever heard. Needless to say, they proceeded talking about me in French, thinking that I was an African migrant. So half that ride, I was subjected to hearing a lot of Acrophobic, racist, and xenophobic comments about me. After getting off the train. I said au revior and their eyes instantly lit up.
I'm reading the original post and think the mother simply meant that the food was more US American or European style than Puerto Rican or Latin American.
That is comical. I think your friend's mother learned a rather important lesson that day
ive been blessed to have many bilingual friends and more than once I've seen them pretend not to hear insults from people who didn't know they spoke that language. I've always wanted to intervene but never thought it was my place (often it was in a workplace). however now that i'm older I always think that it's best to bring it to the speakers attention so that they have an opportunity to learn. I know a lot of people are afraid of confrontation, but most people are open to it and a warm response is common. btw, I do intervene now, because i'm no longer the timid woman I was then. :)
I don't think so, I know just fine. It was a funny situation where I understood spanish and i think that is super cool.
Well I am sorry you don't have a sense of humor. I'm getting tired of all this hate. To all: If you don't have anything positive to say, don't say it at all.
HAHA! True! Have you seen psych? It has that kind of humor sometimes! :D BEST... SHOW... EVER!
You know, I found your story funny and all, but you're in for a lot of disappointment if you expect every comment to be exactly what you want.
My suggestion? Quit acting like a princess and learn to take different opinions.
L.O.L. I don't think thats offensive!! my grandma did something simular the other day!!!!! just she said a bad word XD!
I am now thinking how many times something like that has happened to people hahaahah
I'm part Spaniard, which is a white European country, and I still find this funny. It's a light joke that isn't actually saying the food is only for white people, just joking around. And that's coming from someone who is often considered "not Hispanic enough" because I'm white.
Both of my my parents are from mexico, so I'm fluent. Still, I'm REALLY white - not pale, but white - so people are always super surprised when they find out. some found out after going through all of elementary school with me!
as in, no, no offense taken here
Me, too! People always assume I'm half-Mexican. Nope, both my parents are Mexicans, but I am not fluent in Spanish which is why I'm using Duolingo.
And how is "this place is for white people" in Spanish? Is it "este lugar es para Gringos" ?
Haha! What the dickens! (If you don't know, that is a phrase that not many people know. XD)
Me too! :D
I don't know if this is for anyone else, but I can't see the post on here cause it has emojis but I saw it on Gmail. LOL
oops i added an emoji so no one can see:
this is so funny!! that happens to me too ;)
Los comentarios leídos aquí me recordaron una historia de hace años cuando estaba aprendiendo inglés. Yo era un estudiante universitario y mi hermano un adolescente, estábamos en la goma de tratar hablar inglés lo que más pudiéramos, pero nuestro vocabulario no era muy amplio, usualmente nos chanceábamos con palabrotas en inglés y soltábamos la risa. Un día fuimos con nuestros padres de paseo a los Estados Unidos, estábamos en un hotel con un bello circuito de golf; me acuerdo que uno de esos días íbamos al restaurante para desayunar, de repente mi hermano me pego un calvazo (soft hit on the head) y salió corriendo, yo por un segundo olvide que no me encontraba en mi país y grite “enano, kiss my ass”, obviamente todo el mundo me volteo a mirar; ese día aprendí a cuidar mis palabras fuera en el idioma que fuera.
I do not understand, please explain to me your joke. There is anything to do with being white and a restaurant menu??
I'm sorry for my english is not my native language
The offense is written on the menu, some people are blind to how offensive they can be from the day man and woman first began to walk the earth we all became migrants, spreading our kind across the globe. You do not have to go far to hear someone who sounds different or looks different, they are every bit as good if not better.
@roy229282 It was not written on the menu. A customer in the restaurant said it in Spanish. I think the customer assumed no one there understood Spanish.
me too! I don't care if people do that. We ARE all different, but we're all people. ;D
It's funny because the concept "blanco" in Spanish includes most Puerto Ricans.
"Esto es para blancos" is extremely easy to understand even for people that don't know Spanish. Not wise choice of words if you don't want other people to undertand you.
Probablamente mejor dejar fuera el "could" en tu titulo.
Debería leer: She Didn't Know I Understood Spanish
Saludos cordiales. TR
Holy moly guys. 160 upvotes? This is so cool! Imma bout to be throwing lingots to every commenter when I get enough!
Wow! That's amazing! Oh! So is the upvote thing!
That was a joke! Haha! :D
Just something from tangled and I changed it up a little. You just don't have my sense of humor. Hehe. honestly, though, you do, CAUSE I LOVE THAT STORY!!! hehe
A lot of funny moments can come from someone feeling like they are speaking "privately"... ;P - I remember at a restaurant once when I told my mother in Portuguese "Please stop eating with your mouth open" and the waiter laughed and I was like "...oh, you speak Portuguese don't you" he says "Yes" XD
It can be very funny when Speakers of Other Languages don't realize that more than just their audience can understand. Working with the Deaf in Bolivia, I encountered this many times, since I don't speak when I sign. Sometimes, it's hard not to laugh.
@chunkitu Do people in Bolivia and the US use the same sign language? Would they be able to sign and understand each other? Thank you for your reply.
I get the same reaction from people when they realize I understand French as well. Always a laugh when they try to figure out is they said something insulting to me. LOL
I understood my friend's mother asking her who I was, and answered back. Pretty big confidence booster.
Sometimes the people assume that you will not understand anything whether they speak in their native languages.
You just never know. I was caught once in Rio and once in Lausanne, both times speaking Danish to a friend and thinking nobody around us would understand. We didn't say anything bad ;-)
it is so cool to be multilingual and people like it when you can speak their language and yes it is even more funny and cool when they do not expect it !
Haha that's funny. I have a couple friends who speak Spanish and what I'm hoping is to surprise them by knowing what they are saying :p
lol that is amazing that you could understand it because the duolingo people speak really fast!
Sorry, I don't mean to be rude, but I'm not sure I understand. Why would giving lingots be a thing? I mean, once you buy everything, that's it, right? Is there something else that you can spend lingots on that I'm unaware of? I would like to lend lingots, but I don't know what it is for.
I know right? Why can't you buy more things. I have 151 lingots, but I don't know how to use them. Haha!
Puerto Rico has 50%+ of white people that make up Puerto Rico. So.... I dont know what she means by saying "this is for white people" She is very ignorant, and may I add not very smart. (no offensive).
Is there something you are trying to prove by your comments? I'm noticing a disturbing pattern from your post history.
Just want to educate people in the truth cause there are a lot of people who get things wrong and are ignorant on every side. People miss use things and what not. Just want to spread the truth of things and knowledge.
Hey same here so instead of "not very smart" use the word "unintelligent" and maybe reel it in a little because otherwise people might think your language is coming from a very orange source heh.
(Also people love being racist) so thats why, I want the truth of this knowledge spread. I want people to be smarter and understand things about Latin American people etc.
Ranked number 4 in the Ruby League last week just about 15 minutes before closing time. Duo dropped me out although I had several hundred more points than number 10
I was not offended but I think in todays socio-political climate any post that requires the disclaimer "this is not meant to be offensive" is probably a post better off not sent
the main problem with your comment is that if you replace 'white' with another color- would you be offended?
There's always a risk you take here....I live in Samoa for my studies. One time someone on the forum said, "Apparently Samoans are the fattest people in the world." I said, "Are you calling me fat?" She answered, "Well are you?" I would say that is....'undiplomatic.' But hilarious too! Let's not take our differences too seriously here....
no not at all. Im recounting a story. It's not like it's my view. BTW I am white