“Qué Difícil Es Hablar el Español”/Yet Another Reason to Complain

“Por qué tiene que ser tan difícil saber como diablos hablar español!?!?” Los compositores han dado en el clavo. En esta canción, ellos se quejan de las palabras españolas que tienen significados diferentes en diferentes lugares, un hecho que complica mucho el aprendizaje del idioma. Y muchas veces, la misma palabra significa algo inofensivo en un país y algo vulgar en otro. Según la canción, hay muchos palabras que uno podría usar inocentemente y recibiría un ojo morado.

Mas peor, la falta de saber de la palabra correcta puede poner su vida en peligro. Tengo una alergia fuerte a la aguacate. Antes que fui a Lima la primera vez, La Flaquita se aseguró que yo supe que los Peruanos no dicen “aguacate” sino “palta”.

That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Faithful reader(s), you’ve borne my complaints about the difficulties of learning Spanish at an advanced age, the various verb tenses and genders that one must keep track of, and most especially “voseo” i.e., the use of the second person singular pronoun “vos” in many Spanish dialects, which (just to keep things interesting) is conjugated differently in virtually every !&#&! country that uses it!

The song in this video bemoans the fact that the same Spanish word can have various and completely unrelated meanings from country to country. What’s even more of a pain, many words that mean something innocuous in Argentina, for example, can get your head bashed in (or worse) in Mexico. Although the lyrics will be incomprehensible to anyone who hasn’t studied Spanish, the song is balm for the souls of those who have. Because these guys are native speakers, folks, and they are just as frustrated as us gringos!

PS  You know this video is going viral when of my many Facebook friends (all 80 of them) two post a link to it within hours of each other.

2 responses to ““Qué Difícil Es Hablar el Español”/Yet Another Reason to Complain

  1. Pingback: Romney’s Papaya Moment/A Romney le Gusta la Papaya | Un Poco Quisquillosa

  2. Jaja! Está muy chistoso ese video pero es la realidad del español.

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