Spelling in Spanish

Posted on | February 2, 2009 | 5 Comments

This incident happened about 2 months ago. I and a colleague arrived at the airport in Atlanta. He was a Mexican-immigrant from Toronto, and it was my first time working with him.

We hopped into our rental car. After spending about 5 minutes or so figuring how to start the car using the state-of-art ‘keyless’ key, we entered the destination address into the GPS. I started spelling the street name : “R … A …”. To my surprise, he started typing “A … E …’!

So I tried again: “R … A …”. Then he repeated: “A … E …”.

We had been communicating in English all the time, but somehow when I spelt, his mind switched to Spanish.

Comments

5 Responses to “Spelling in Spanish”

  1. Ramses
    February 5th, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    Hehe, I can imagine. In English, it just sounds a lot like “A” and “E” ;-). This is what happenes if people don’t learn every aspect of the language (people often forget numbers and how to spell words when learning a language).

  2. Roxana
    February 8th, 2009 @ 1:34 am

    Edwin, thanks for your comment! I agree with you that a lot of things in these books are common sense, but I think they also contain a lot of tips for parents who are trying to raise their children bilingual – especially those that are monolingual themselves.
    How many languages do you speak?

  3. edwin
    February 8th, 2009 @ 1:58 am

    Hi Roxana,

    I have added a comment on your blog. I hope to share with you more on the topic of raising multilingual kids.

    I only speak 3 languages, but I am working on another 2 right now.

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