23 Experiences All Bilingual Spanish Speakers Have Had

Language has its limits.

1. Having to act as a translator at Mexican restaurants.

2. Switching between English and Spanish in the same sentence.

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3. Cringing when you see products that butcher both languages.

“El Supermano?”

4. Using slang no one else understands.

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¿Qué pedo?

5. Having the “ñ” throw you off whenever you use a Spanish keyboard.

6. Laughing when translations are totally off the mark.

Nobody is going to want to eat at your “cockroach” restaurant.

7. Getting grammar and spelling rules constantly mixed up.

8. Constantly having to help friends with their Spanish homework.

9. Accidentally speaking Spanish to someone who has no grasp on the language.

10. Pretending not to know Spanish around other Spanish speakers to see if they’re talking about you.

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11. Having to explain the intensity of a telenovela to a non-Spanish speaker.

12. Reading something and scoffing or laughing because of how bad the translation is.

“Success here.”

13. Constantly being ask to teach someone just the curse words.

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14. Laughing at how bad Spanish is misused in English movies.

15. Having to walk people through your accent.

16. Having to deal with autocorrect in Spanish…

17. … And English.

18. Using online translators for help, but having them mess it up every time.

19. Trying to use Spanish phrases in board games.

20. Having friends that want you to translate Spanish films even when they are subtitled.

21. Being annoyed that people assume that adding an “o” at the end of a word automatically makes it Spanish.

22. Not understanding different forms of Spain’s Spanish because you’re not familiar with the lisp.

23. And of course trying to explain Spanish idioms in English.

It never works.

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