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1:31pm on Thursday, 9th July, 2009:

Spanish Phrasebook


The Guardian has been giving us a free Spanish phrasebook this week. Today's installment concerns "family & relationships".

I don't know what it is about people who write phrasebooks, but they seem to be frustrated authors. The ones they gave away in The Independent a couple of years ago had little narratives in them, and so does this one from The Guardian:

If you spoke so little Spanish that you had to use a phrasebook, what possible use would it be to you to be able to say, "At least I don't attract everyone's attention by walking around half-naked"?

The phrases not presented in dialogue form include "¡eres un facha!" ("you're such a fascist!") and "¿está legalmente reconocido el matrimonio homosexual en España?" ("is gay marriage legally recognised in Spain?" — wouldn't it just be easier to tell us instead of making us ask in Spanish?). It also has these words it's useful to know:

I was pleased to learn the Spanish for "to log on", a concept not in general use when I was taught Spanish in the early 1970s. It's "connectarse". Nice link between arse and logs there, translators.

Referenced by Italian Phrasebook.

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