Here we go – my family’s most recent “bilingual moments” and funny conversations. (Be sure to share your recent funny conversations in comments!)
17 year old son: I got to speak Spanish twice today. All the Latino customers keep choosing my line when they see me.
17 year old son: Yeah but I don’t just start speaking Spanish to them cause I can’t assume, you know? So I start in English, then they like test me out with one or two words in Spanish to see if I know it, then we start talking in Spanish.
13 year old son: We got to choose names in Spanish class.
Tracy: But your name is already Spanish.
13 year old son: It wasn’t on the chart to pick from. I chose Rafael, like from Jane the Virgin.
Carlos: What’s the difference between a meteor and a meteorite?
17 year old son: Meteorites are like the “-ito” in Spanish. They’re little pieces of the meteor.
17 year old son: I’m not sure if jeans would be proper attire. What do you think?
Carlos: A tire?
17 year old son: Yeah.
Carlos: Like una llanta?
17 year old son: What does una llanta mean?
Carlos: A tire.
17 year old son: Ok, um, yeah, do you think jeans are proper attire?
Carlos: I don’t understand what you’re talking about.
Tracy: Attire, babe. Attire means clothing, ropa. Not tire like llanta.
Carlos: Why didn’t he say clothing?
Carlos: The lady didn’t type in my email right. She said ‘v as in vase?’ and I said yes.
Tracy: Why did you say yes? There’s no ‘b’ in your email.
Carlos: V! V as in vase!
Tracy: B as in bass?
Carlos: What are you saying? Big b, or little v?
Tracy: We don’t need that in English but when you say them they sound the same.
Carlos: Are you making a vaca negra?
Tracy: If that means ‘Coke Float’, then yes.