No es mi culpa
This is just a part of the statement I made in Spanish today playfully to a customer. I work at Guess and we are having a promotion currently where the jeans cost $35 each. I was doing the cashier and I got to ring up a Spanish-speaking women who took one. When I rung it up though, it rang incorrectly as $39 plus tax so around $41. The lady was stunned and told me in Spanish that it was wrong.
I for myself decided to go check because from my previous knowledge there were jeans that cost $39, but it turns out it was really $35. On my way back, I had to call a manager to change the price and while walking back, I jokingly said “La maquina es equivocada, no es mi culpa”. After saying that I heard a chuckle from the women as she was behind me.
When we met back at the register, she told me that I spoke Spanish very well. She asked me where I learned Spanish and I told her in Spanish that “Tomo clases en mi escuela, y tengo muchos amigos espanoles” (because majority of my coworkers mainly speak Spanish). Not sure what she said after but I then told her that “ Tambien aprendeo con duolingo”. She replied saying that she used duolingo as well, which I then asked her “¿Usted usa duolingo a veces”?
She replied that she did and I told her that it was “muy facil y divertido”. She told me again that I spoke very well and I said thank you and she went on her way. I have been having many similar interactions with Spanish speaking customers as lately, and while I do stutter, I am actively using the Spanish I have learned in this app and I’m glad it’s working. Just wanted to share this particular situation with you all on my language journey. Thanks Duolingo
Yeah, the further south you go, the more Spanish speakers you will find. Personally, I think that over time French will decrease in the US, maybe even in Canada. Why? Because both countries are far away from other countries that speak French, whereas the US borders Mexico, has a Spanish speaking territory, and the rest of the two continents are predominantly Spanish speakers.
I'd say you're likely right about Canadian provinces outside Quebec, but French in Quebec isn't going to decline much any time soon (as in, the next 50 years). They're protective of French, and Quebec is actually more solidly French speaking now than it was 50 years ago. The majority of the population (last I heard, about 2/3s) still doesn't speak English, though bilingualism is rising. It's pretty secure, all things considered.
It was a good guess, yeah. The decline of minority languages inside of a country is really common if they don't have some solid way of maintaining them - most common is a constant influx of new native speaker immigrants. Outside that, you usually need media support, government/educational support, and the support of the people who speak it to solidly maintain it. Quebec has all of that for French, but French in the USA generally doesn't, especially in places like Maine.
Thanks. Yeah, an influx of Spanish speakers is definenely happening here. Hospitals(some big ones), some of the government, and schools have Spanish. Yeah, but that makes sense. Seems like the US has everything needed to keep the language use at a steady, if not increasing , rate.
Very true. I was living in Italy and swore I'd always speak English with my boys, but when they come and tell you things in Italian it's more natural to answer in the same language. Result? The first-born (who stayed in Italy) has a strong Italian accent, and makes grammatical errors in English.
There are areas in the US, or so I hear, where Spanish is mostly spoken. Would those places probably stay predominantly Spanish speaking areas? Would those areas spread out, eventually creating a decently large area(several cities, at least) where Spanish is mostly spoken? Just asking for opinions.
You probably helped to put her at ease more than you realized. Imagine her leaving everything she knows, being brave, coming to a new place, working on the language, and receiving the negative portrayal and attitudes that we all wish we could counteract. Folks like you who reach out with the warmth of some familiar words are the people I'm proud to call my countrymen and countrywomen. Wanna give you some lingots!
Good job dear, that's very rewarding to know. Here's a lingot for you
In Oregon just like in Washington and California, there are plenty of people who will speak Spanish because they don't know English or don't speak English well. My mom used to get angry at these people when she worked in a store and I had to explain a whole lot of immigrants didn't have the luxury of learning English before they came. They are often fleeing violence and often come from poverty there to safer poverty here. Most people who haven't been to so much as Europe don't know there is a massive difference between the value of a dollar and what countries even call "poverty." And, of course the author of this thread was speaking about Orlando.
An example - I spent some time at a Dominican Republic resort. I met extremely nice couple from Quebec and they had very hard time speaking English. I used all my French knowledge and they used theirs English knowledge likewise. The end of the story - it is very nice to know other languages!