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Spanish-English Joke

Saurabh Pillai
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My dad is learning English and taking classes for that. This one is from his study brochure.


A Latino man who spoke very little English went into an American department store to buy socks. He found his way to the Men's Wear department where a young lady offered to help him.

"Quiero calcetines" said the man.

"I don't speak Spanish, but we have some very nice suits over here." said the salesgirl.

"No, no quiero trajes. Quiero calcetines." said the man.

"Well, (still unsure) these shirts are on sale this week." declared the salesgirl.

"No, no quiero camisas. Quiero calcetines." repeated the man.

"I still don't know what you're trying to say. We have some fine pants on this rack." offered the salesgirl, beginning to lose patience.

"No, no quiero pantalones. Quiero calcetines." insisted the man.

"These sweaters are top quality." the salesgirl probed.

"No, no quiero súeter. Quiero calcetines." said the man.

"Our undershirts are over here." the salesgirl fumbled more frantically.

"No, no quiero camisetas. Quiero calcetines." the man repeated.

As they passed the underwear counter, the man spotted a display of socks and happily pointed them out as he proclaimed "¡Eso sí que es!".

"Well, if you could spell it, why didn't you do that in the beginning?" asked the exasperated salesgirl.


PS :- It took me less than 2 minutes to understand the joke. How long did it take for you?
Paul Clapham
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Only a few seconds. (Cute joke by the way!)

But on the serious side, I can't quite see how it helps somebody to learn English.
Jan de Boer
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About three seconds, but I speak Spanish and English fluently, so do I count?
Jayesh A Lalwani
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I had to think about it, but didn't take long. Funny joke.

Related joke. One of my friends in school had a crush on a girl who had long hair. The girl used to tie her hair in a single braid. In Hindi, a braid is called "Choti". In Hindi this is called "Yeh" (pronounced like "eh" with a Y sound in the beginning) One day while daydreaming about the girl, he came up with "Yeh choti is H-O-T"
Saurabh Pillai
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Paul Clapham wrote:Only a few seconds.

Damn I am slow.
Paul Clapham wrote: (Cute joke by the way!)

But on the serious side, I can't quite see how it helps somebody to learn English.

I don't know either. But they have students from many origins like Spanish, Dutch, Indian etc.
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Paul Clapham
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Oh, I see, there might be people whose native language is Spanish taking the course. Sorry, I looked at your name and then I didn't think of that possibility.

(And I still can't get over the feeling that if it were me in that department store, I would have just pointed at the socks that I was already wearing. I have a fair amount of experience with speaking other languages badly and find that pointing at things is an essential communication tool.)
 
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