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Monday, September 10, 2007

So where's Argentina, after all?

I was just reading Xel-ha's blog, and found a very funny twitter update. It read:
- What language is that? Russian? Bulgarian? - No, Spanish... - Oh, I was close!... :S

It reminded me of a surreal conversation I had in New Jersey, exactly 10 years ago, when I went to USA for my first time (on a business trip). Here it goes:

Co-worker:
"You have a strange accent, are you from Boston?"

Me (almost amused): "No, a little further South, from Argentina"

He (surprised): "Oh, Argentina. It's close to Greece, right?"

Me: "Um... no, we're in South America"

He (suspicious): "No way! You're not in Europe? But you do speak English down there, do ya?"

Me (amazed): "Actually, no. We speak Spanish, like most of the South American continent"

He (laughing): "Get outta here!" And he left, convinced that I was joking.

Now, I can understand if he has no clue whatsoever about the whereabouts of Argentina. But to think that I was from Boston because of my accent... If my English is still bad today, after almost seven years in Canada, imagine how it was back in September 1997!!!

3 comments:

  1. jajajaj, quedó lindo el mapita... ojo que te van a acusar de invadir Turquia!

    Hace poco twitie algo similar... http://twitter.com/xelha/statuses/230834312, y luego vino el post...

    http://gxelha.blogspot.com/2007/08/amrika.html

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  2. Ah, bueno, esa conversación fue peor que la que yo tuve!!!

    Increíble. Pero muy divertido de leer :-)

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  3. O ayer en el festival ese de los griegos nos preguntan a mi viejo y a mí "De que zona de Italia son?"

    Y bueh.

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