Monday, May 18, 2009

How to learn Spanish

(tacos, nachos, queso ... there are lots of Spanish words that are worth learning)

A funny post by Rae inspired me to share with all of you my sure-fire method of learning Spanish.

Ready? Here it is ... watch the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

I can hear you now. "What? Is she crazy? How can you learn Spanish by watching the Tonight Show?"

Hah. Lucky you. I have decided to share my secret. Just follow these simple steps:

First, you need an old television set like mine.

Second, you have to lose the remote control.

Third, go out and buy a "universal remote." Take hours and hours trying to program it. Give up in disgust. (The instructions make it sound easy, but that is only because they were written by a devious 12-year-old in Japan.)

Ok, fourth, now you will discover (if you are me) that it is way too much trouble to turn the channels without a remote. So you leave the television on channel 5 all the time. This means that at 10:30 Central Time, Jay Leno comes on the air. With Spanish sub-titles.

I have no idea why there are Spanish sub-titles on my television set. They only appear during Jay Leno. I would try to get rid of them, but that would mean more hours struggling with my universal remote. So every night, I follow the dialogue and try to figure out which words mean what.

So far, I have learned "Ahora! Jay Leno." That means "And now, Jay Leno!" Then Jay comes out and says "Bienvenido!" which means "Welcome!"

Then I fall asleep.

I was very happy to hear that Jay Leno will soon have a new show, which will air an hour earlier. I expect my Spanish vocabulary to increase dramatically. Or maybe I will just get an extra hour of sleep every night. That would be good, too!

As they say, everything tends to work out for the best.

Buenas noches, amigos.



MzzLily said...

I guess my 'el ___o' theory doesn't hold up? (I'll have an 'el glasso of el watero') I suppose I'll just stick to English.

Rae* said...

Ole! Muy Bien!

A said...

That actually sounds like a great idea. I'm trying to learn a new language. I wonder I get "Italian" on my remote...

gaf85 said...

Lesley, Sometimes I really do wonder if technology is all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes gadgets seem to have their own agenda. I call my grasp of Spanish "survival Spanish"; Donde esta el bano?


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