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Old 28th February 2007, 10:36 AM   #41
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Ah...you stole mine Ken.

That's one of the questions that I was always afraid to ask.

Can a Spaniard please answer this. I don't want this to sound ugly. I am asking very inquisitively. Why do Spaniards not stand in line/que?

I know, this is one that really bothers me. Spaniards just don´t like to queue or they don´t know how to queue. If they happen to know just one person ahead of them in the queue this automatically gives them, their family and anyone else with them the right to push ahead and join the queue with their friend.

It happens in supermarkets, airports, concerts, everywhere. The classic is at the airport where they walk up to the head of the queue pretending to look at a flight monitor or whatever. And there they stay!

There is another habit which bothers me as much and I´ll add it to the list of things you´ll never hear a Spaniard say. It´s:

"No, you musn´t park there. That´s a disabled parking space."

By the way, I should add that I love living in Spain. The country has been very good to me and I could fill a book with the many positive things there are to say about Spaion and the people. But it´s nice to have a whinge every now and again.

That reminds me, how about not hearing at the bank:

"Good morning, how can I be of assistance to you today."

Or for anyone who is in business in Spain:

"No, you´re right it was our fault and we are going to get that sorted out immediately."
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Old 2nd March 2007, 01:56 AM   #42
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I want you to cook with just enough oil to prevent the food from sticking in the pan.
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Old 10th March 2007, 10:51 PM   #43
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What about "do you mind if I smoke?"

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Old 11th March 2007, 11:03 PM   #44
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"The traffic light is turning from amber to red, I'd better stop."
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Old 11th March 2007, 11:55 PM   #45
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... any word beginning with sp without adding an e at the front.
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Old 12th March 2007, 10:52 AM   #46
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"Seatbelt, kids"

"You guys go on ahead. My kid needs to go, so I´m going to find a toilet."
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Old 30th March 2007, 08:08 PM   #47
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Yep - that's the english coming out in Marina's english.....

Truck = Lorry
Freeway = Motorway
Sidewalk = Footpath, or pathway
Elevator = Lift

Who says there's that much difference in English ????

However, I was surprised to find out that the word "Fortnight" is not commonly known in the U.S., let alone used.

In spanish too I've come across heaps of different usage...

Coche = auto = carro - I found the differences in Spain - Chile - Peru

Even Chile and Peru used different words for wheels and tyres (tires for US).

Peru - llanta = just the rubber bit
Chile - neumatico = just the rubber bit, whereas llanta is the whole wheel

Anyway, there was heaps more...........

EXCUSE ME....

I hope you ment to say, thats the AMERICAN. Coming out in her English.
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Old 30th March 2007, 08:45 PM   #48
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"You guys go on ahead. My kid needs to go, so I´m going to find a toilet."
Lol, that reminds me of when I was there this past Christmas....on Calle Serrano in Madrid...busy corner with lots of traffic and upscale shops all around....a mother with two kids, one in a stroller, another about 4 years old walking....the 4yo has to pee....the mother directs him to a tree on the corner....the kid lets loose from about 3 feet away, an upwarding arching stream splattering the tree trunk.....after they moved on I asked my wife if she just saw what I saw....she did, but wasn't (as) fazed by it.....I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go....
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Old 30th March 2007, 08:48 PM   #49
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One thing I have found a Spaniard would never say is, "It's your turn to pay". I have to be really quick if I want to pay for a meal or round of drinks. They are the most generous nation in the world.
That's very true!
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Old 2nd April 2007, 05:55 PM   #50
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Lol, that reminds me of when I was there this past Christmas....on Calle Serrano in Madrid...busy corner with lots of traffic and upscale shops all around....a mother with two kids, one in a stroller, another about 4 years old walking....the 4yo has to pee....the mother directs him to a tree on the corner....the kid lets loose from about 3 feet away, an upwarding arching stream splattering the tree trunk.....after they moved on I asked my wife if she just saw what I saw....she did, but wasn't (as) fazed by it.....I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go....

Yep, I´ve seen that and much worse. They pee here, they pee there. Doesn´t matter who they are. And not just kids, adults too.
The strange thing is, there always seems to be a toilet somewhere nearby. They could easily reach a public loo in time I´m sure but they don´t even try!
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Old 7th April 2007, 08:20 PM   #51
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No, I am driving I will have non alcoholic please.
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Old 17th April 2007, 11:42 PM   #52
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We would never say:

"Let's check the user guide to figure out how this dvd player works"
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Old 17th April 2007, 11:53 PM   #53
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EXCUSE ME....

I hope you ment to say, thats the AMERICAN. Coming out in her English.
American is not a language. We do speak American-English as opposed to the Commonwealth-English our British friends do.

Nice whip
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Old 17th April 2007, 11:57 PM   #54
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And we (Spaniards men) would never say:

Let's ask to the shop assitant!
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Old 30th May 2007, 09:55 PM   #55
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I think that the average spaniard doesn't think the French are interesting enough to actually go to their colder, overpriced (froma spanish point of view) country in the first place. The amount of propaganda about France you get in english speaking countries is incredible in comparison.
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Old 30th May 2007, 10:16 PM   #56
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Just ask the Crocodile Hunter, Jeff Irwan.
Isn't he on the History channel?
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Old 30th May 2007, 10:19 PM   #57
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Down here in Andalucía.
I've never seen a Spanish pedestrian use a zebra crossing, or, for that matter, a Spanish motorist stop at a zebra crossing. Sometimes, when I decide for some reason to stop (I'm slowly morphing into an andaluz), perhaps as a foreigner trolls across the street, or perhaps under the mistaken idea that some Spaniards enjoying an aimiable discussion about something as they stand just where the crossing begins had some idea of crossing (everybody's gotta stand somewhere), then, as I stop the car, the motorist behinds me - briefly surprised - does a quick Fangio overtake a toda pastilla. It keeps the foreigners thinned.
In the pueblo this evening, just between two crossings which are about five metres apart (the ayuntamiento paints them in front of supporter's shops), just between the new metal trampolines which can crack your head if you have any speed up, an old girl totters across the road, neither looking left or right and, most certainly, not using either of the pasos de cebra.
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Old 31st May 2007, 09:42 AM   #58
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Down here in Andalucía.
I've never seen a Spanish pedestrian use a zebra crossing, or, for that matter, a Spanish motorist stop at a zebra crossing. ....
The road is maybe painted just to make it easier to clean up the blood!
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Old 31st May 2007, 07:19 PM   #59
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They are quite colourful in Seville:

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Old 31st May 2007, 07:32 PM   #60
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And you always know how long you have before they run you over:

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