My First Spanish Freudian Slip
I began learning Spanish over twenty years ago and while I’ve made, (and continue to make), plenty of grammatical mistakes, I have never had a Freudian Slip until yesterday – This makes me wonder if Freudian Slips are actually a sign of better fluency – something that the brain isn’t capable of doing when one doesn’t speak a language well enough?
So this is what happened – Carlos and I are in the car and I pop in a Pitbull CD. We’re listening to the song “Maldito Alcohol” and, as is my habit, I begin to sing along. I’ve heard this song a hundred times and know the lyrics well, but this time I slipped up.
(A little background – I’ve been trying to eat healthier lately and as a result I’m often feeling hungry.)
Now, back to the car and me singing along. I sing:
“Vamos pa’ la, pa’ la, pa’ la pa’ la discoteca…Vamos pa’ la, pa’ la, pa’ la pa’ la discoteca,” so far so good…
…and then, the slip up: “Yo no quiero agua, yo quiero comida.”