Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fast Talking

I took four years of Spanish in high school and can decipher the language if I stare at a sentence for a few minutes and look up a few words on Google. Sometimes when I'm watching Spanish-language subtitled movies I think I understand what's being said because I'm looking at the subtitles while listening to the words and my egotistical brain starts tricking itself into thinking I actually understand the language a little bit.

Then I go out into the real world and someone speaks actual Spanish and I'm lost. The words go by in a 110mph mega sentence and I can't decipher a word. It's for this reason that I'm sure I will never be able to fully comprehend Spanish or any other fast-spoken language. That goes for English, too. I can barely understand half of what Micro Machine Guy or auctioneers or horseracing announcers say. To me it's

Andheeeeescominaroundthebackstretchgoingfortheinsidepositionthreequarterlegthsaheadofstormingsuepullingintothethreequartermileamakahannukahsupercalafragilistaimsecretlytalkinggibberishbutyournonethewiserbecauseivelostyouandbythewayphilihadsexwithyoumommaaaaaaaaaandscarletsunshinewinsthekentuckyderby

Am I alone here?

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