First words you learn in a foreign language


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No hablo español and hola, ¿cómo está? were among the first phrases I learned in Spanish.

I still can’t say let’s get drunk (though do know that resacar is hangover.  It also means undertow and some suffering the former might feel they’ve been caught in the latter).

But I’ve managed to get to an intermediate level with only a couple of naughty words in my Spanish vocabulary. One of those is pajero, pronounced pah hey roe. Mitsubishi didn’t do their homework well when they came up with this name for one of their vehicles, though some think it’s a fitting description of the people who drive them.

Graph from GraphJam.

Inspired by this post at Cactus Kate on International Languages Week.

5 Responses to First words you learn in a foreign language

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    Dos cerveza, pour favore?

  2. homepaddock says:

    Adolf – y un vino tinto para mi.

  3. Lou Taylor says:

    Tusker baridi, asante sana

  4. Steve says:

    How to chat up the Spanish barmaid:

    Hola guapa, que tal? Dos cerveza, por favor…

    I first learn numbers, and things like ‘how much is it’ (for markets 🙂 and ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’ etc.

  5. franoreilly says:

    You may be interested to know of the following then: is a free website devoted to making it easier to learn basic foreign language vocabulary using mnemonics.

    About a hundred items are available for each of five major languages, each one with a mnemonic already provided (most actually have more than one so you can choose what suits you best), or you can create your own mnemonics.

    A learning/self-testing algorithm uses spaced repetition to prioritize your learning effort.

    All the best

    Francis –

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