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.

~~~


4 comments:

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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