The countdown to the summer holidays is on and I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish. I dearly wish I’d studied Spanish to A level instead of French as I wouldn’t find myself embarrassed by my limited knowledge of the beautiful language of the country I visit several times a year. It’s not that I haven’t tried you understand. I’ve been to adult education ‘Beginner’s Spanish’ and even ‘Level Two Spanish’, but still I find myself struggling to string a useful sentence together. I guess it comes down to what I would like to say. I’m no intrepid traveller. I just like to go on holiday. A lot. I like to try new food and buy local products. I also like trying new hotels – especially where crisp white sheets, fluffy towels and rainforest showers are involved. So, you could say I want to get by socially and as a consumer. Here are some examples of phrases I’m likely to need:
May I try this on?
Do you have this in a smaller size? (Wishful thinking!)
I have a reservation
Would you call me a taxi please
I’d like to order some olives with my martini please.
Thank you, you’ve been so kind
The food was delicious
Are you on Twitter?
I don’t particularly want to say:
My grandmother’s name is Lucy
I have a cat and a dog
It is sunny today, or raining, or whatever.
The year is 2015
Bored with evening classes, I’ve picked up what I can as I go along, learning the odd word or phrase here and there, so I was very interested when EuroTalk asked me if I would like to try one of their courses.
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