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Bought bread in Spanish. Did alright.

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Hey everyone, Over the weekend my sister took me to a Colombian bakery near her job. She had brought me bread from there and I couldn't wait to get more. The problem for most people is their total lack of the English language. I brushed up on my Spanish on the ride.

When it was my turn at the counter I started speaking in English without realizing. The woman's head went back, her eyes rolled, and she tapped another woman and gestured towards me. I then said, "Lo siento. Me gusta dos panes con queso y uno sin queso." The rest of the exchange was rudeness from them and "gracias" from me.

The whole experience left me a bit uneasy. This was the first time I spoke Spanish to anyone and I was treated like a simpleton. When I spoke Dutch to a native of the Netherlands he was delighted that I wanted to speak his language, even if I did it poorly :). I won't let it discourage me though.

3 years ago

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Most hispanics are not like that. I have to say I have not had any bad experiences when using Spanish. In fact, most are surprised and delighted a gringo knows some Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leslie_Duo

Hey, you did great! I hope you won't let this experience discourage you. Something that I have found that seems to disarm and immediately put the other person at ease is to say: "Soy estudiante de español. Me gustaría practicar con usted, si está bien." I always say it with a friendly smile! And 90% of the time people will smile back and go out of their way to help me. :) Please rest assured that your experience is NOT typical - as others have commented, most Spanish speakers respond very positively to those of us who wish to learn/practice their language. Of course, this works better if there isn't a long line at the counter! Saludos cordiales y buena suerte.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I know that type of response won't be typical. I think I'll practice with my coworkers before I talk to a stranger again. And I will be going back. The bread is far too good to be shy :).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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I practice with strangers all the time. It's fun, they appreciate the effort even if I miss a word or pronunciation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Herriejette

I remember my parents sent me to get bread from a bakery when we were on holiday in Spain. I don't know how I managed it, probably with pointing at the bread I wanted hahaha. So you already did better than me :D En we vinden het inderdaad leuk als anderen nederlands proberen te praten!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/manguy123
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Next time when you are ordering try to me gustaria instead. It is using the conditional tense which is used to soften request or you could use quisiera (past subjunctive of querer)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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Actually, I did say 'me gustaria", I just typed it wrong here. I think that was the only challenging part of what I said. The rest of it was basic Duolingo phrases :).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/manguy123
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If you keep going there they will warm up to you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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¿Como este?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Please don't post photos like that when many people start diets in January...Gracias. Me gustan las tortas.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminelac

Como se dice "lol" en espanol?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan-NYC
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jajajajaja

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminelac

gracias

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Lo siento. ;-(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gomos

I wonder what exactly do you mean by rudeness. What did they tell you?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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Their body language was rude. They rolled their eyes and shook their heads like I was an annoyance.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jasl0

Relax, I have learned the following with natural spanish speakers, first I drop their expectations by saying 'Yo no tengo mucho espanol, lo siento; por que mi glosario es muy basico".

True, it is a poorly structured statement ("I have not much Spanish, sorry; because my glossary is very basic"), and that is excatly why it is: becasue it invariably alwys delivers the desired result for me i.e. a) a little patience from them b) an appreciative smile or c) courtesy from them for my attempt to communicate GENUINELY with them. d) usually a "..De donde eres?" question follows (which you should have already practised by the way)

Try it, but note, it's best done when people are not too busy e.g. bank cashiers, police, civil servants,

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan-NYC
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Nice going! Too bad about the reaction. I went to a Mexican bakery on Tuesday to buy una rosa de Reyes. I asked in Spanish and the guy behind the counter answered me in perfect English. He was either born here or came here very young.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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This is often my problem because I look very gringo. I speak Spanish in a store or bake shop, and they answer in English. In the United States, most bilingual Hispanics are rightfully proud that they can use two languages. I assume they prefer to use English with most non-Hispanic customers.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminelac

I would love to know what happens next time you buy bread. If they were really that upset because you began in english they need to get over themselves. I wonder though...were you supposed to begin with something like "hola, como esta usted?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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¡Bueno! Sounds like they were going to be rude to you no matter what language you spoke. Fortunately, most people are not like that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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Maybe they were feeling embarrassed by their lack of English skills and we're feeling like you were "showing them up" when you switched to Spanish. Like everyone else, I suggest going back, being friendly... if work appears slow, trying asking how their day is, telling them that you are a new learner and appreciate them working with you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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I thought about my conversation at the bakery and decided to try my Spanish for a second time. I went to a coworker who speaks Spanish and worked up my courage. Here's roughly what I said.

"Fue a la pandaria Colombiana en la proxima cuidad. No hablaron Ingles, nada. Compré dos panes con queso y uno sin queso. No hablé bien, perro trataba."

I'm sure there are some grammatical errors there, but she smiled and brought it back to English. We talked about bilingualism for a few minutes before returning to work. I say hi to her every morning, so I'm sure she won't mind if I do it in Spanish now. I'm going to try to add something new every time, perhaps the current weather.

I'm still embarrassed to speak in Spanish, but I think this will help my get over that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12
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Definitely don't be discouraged. Just keep trying and never give up.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rachel_Snyder169

Keep up the good work!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suki101

wow! they were rude!. I know spanish becouse my dad is from chile. and sometimes spanish speakers can be rude.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emmalgardener

WoW well done, that is very brave... well done, keep practising!!

3 years ago

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