Speaking Spanish in Spain: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Duolingo
TL;DR: Duolingo helped me increase and maintain a broad vocabulary, and proved all of my worrying needless. For best results, use it before you travel to a country that speaks a different language.
Speaking English in Spain (remember this for later)
Getting ice cream in the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, we sampled a “Nata, Caramelo, y Nueces” flavor. “Cream, Carmel, and …” we didn’t know the last word. Some sort of nuts. But what kind?
We asked the server how “nueces” translates to English. He didn’t know. He went and asked a coworker, came back and told us:
“Nuts?” And then, because the English pronunciation of “nuts” just didn’t sound right to his ears, he offered an alternate pronunciation:
“Newts?” And he shrugged.
We laughed and thanked him, and we ordered that flavor still not knowing what we were eating. Days later, we figured out that “nueces” translates to “walnuts”.
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