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Posted: Tue Aug 6, 2019 11:36pm
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It´s August. UK parliament & the pound GBP shutting down & Brexit is shelved again. I thought to Spain.

But aside, not understanding entirely, “cockney-rhyming” slang, but admiring their methods, (in order to confound the UK “plod-force” & so the authorities didn´t quite understand about what was being talked about!).

Although many years ago after living in the London “twang”. & Many many years later, I visited (looking for rural Spanish properties in Spain).

I ended up courtesy of an estate agent however, for three days in an Urbanización 2000.) Costa Blanca. In where I stayed & think, next door, lived, heard her to exclaim a British “lady”, wearing hair-curlers, in the street,& shouting to her delightful son,“Come in now you ***** *****, put yer BMX away & get yer **** ass in the ***** tea, ´cause ***** Corries on in the mo! Your egg ´n chips are in the oven!” I think she was British?

Many Spanish natives employ much the opposite as UK & other immigrants, wonder why the Spanish talk so loud! I was informed that during the Franco era, it was frowned upon by the authorities to hear groups &, in the local cafe political culture, to chat in “whispers” or risk being “whisked” away, or so they say.

So now in modern Spain, a new (UK) culture has emerged. For eg: “new-speak”

Taxi (some bloke who´ll take you for a ride)

Urb, (so Brits don´t refer to them as housing estates)

Ex-pat, (so as they are not thought of as immigrants), Rhymes with prat.

Beni (another name for Blackpool, but with more brown/red Brits & less mobiles on the beach, now called the “Triangle)

Torre (another name for Torre pronounced a little like torrid). Near Lah Marina urb..

Breakfast: (where´s the full English?) Piella´s on for tea!

Where´s the Brits to meet?, (in the pub, having a full English).

Geographically, what´s the main town in Iceland? (Torrevieja).

“Med” diet (fish n chips, KFC & a big Mac).

I´m sure there´s more. I hope you´re all having a good August. Everything´s shutting up here. The town will be quiet, the locals off down to the beach!

Peace.

Villas


jimtaylor

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Wed Aug 7, 2019 5:02am

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 5:02am

Nice one Villas. I thought of you when I went to Alicante airport a few days ago to pick up Margaret. Whilst loitering in the arrivals hall, I heard two blokes chatting.

The first bloke said 'I live in kewsarda'. He lives in Quesada and can't even pronounce it properly.

At some point the second bloke said he'd just got back from Majorca and was waiting for his lift. The first bloke said 'why didn't you drive there?'

DonnaDiana

Wed Aug 7, 2019 8:17am

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 8:17am

Villas - You are a legend.  PS: Read the Benidorm Triangle as you suggested.  Absolutely fantastic. It should be published.  

Dlrsantapola

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Wed Aug 7, 2019 8:56am

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 8:56am

Villas wrote on Tue Aug 6, 2019 11:36pm:

It´s August. UK parliament & the pound GBP shutting down & Brexit is shelved again. I thought to Spain.

But aside, not understanding entirely, “cockney-rhyming” slang, but admiring their methods, (in order to confound the UK “plod-force” & so the authorities didn´t quite understand about what was being talked about!).

Although many years ago after living in the London “twang”. & Many many years later, I visited (looking for rural Spanish properties in Spain).

I ended up courtesy of an estate agent however, for three days in an Urbanización 2000.) Costa Blanca. In where I stayed & think, next door, lived, heard her to exclaim a British “lady”, wearing hair-curlers, in the street,& shouting to her delightful son,“Come in now you ***** *****, put yer BMX away & get yer **** ass in the ***** tea, ´cause ***** Corries on in the mo! Your egg ´n chips are in the oven!” I think she was British?

Many Spanish natives employ much the opposite as UK & other immigrants, wonder why the Spanish talk so loud! I was informed that during the Franco era, it was frowned upon by the authorities to hear groups &, in the local cafe political culture, to chat in “whispers” or risk being “whisked” away, or so they say.

So now in modern Spain, a new (UK) culture has emerged. For eg: “new-speak”

Taxi (some bloke who´ll take you for a ride)

Urb, (so Brits don´t refer to them as housing estates)

Ex-pat, (so as they are not thought of as immigrants), Rhymes with prat.

Beni (another name for Blackpool, but with more brown/red Brits & less mobiles on the beach, now called the “Triangle)

Torre (another name for Torre pronounced a little like torrid). Near Lah Marina urb..

Breakfast: (where´s the full English?) Piella´s on for tea!

Where´s the Brits to meet?, (in the pub, having a full English).

Geographically, what´s the main town in Iceland? (Torrevieja).

“Med” diet (fish n chips, KFC & a big Mac).

I´m sure there´s more. I hope you´re all having a good August. Everything´s shutting up here. The town will be quiet, the locals off down to the beach!

Peace.

Villas


Dont forget the obligatory Burger King at the airport to round off their 2 weeks in spain !!

Kimmy11

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Wed Aug 7, 2019 11:54am

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 11:54am

Brilliant Villas!  I also laughed at Jim's "Kewsarda", because I have a friend who pronounces it "Kwesarda"!  So I'm going to forgive Villas his mis-use of the apostrophe + S ('s) because it doesn't exist in Spanish (to indicate possession or as an abbreviation) and the people who pronounce Quesada as Kewsarda probably don't know how the difference either!  ;o)

According to my Spanish teacher, people from the south of England struggle with Spanish pronunciation in a way that Scottish people have far less trouble with, because us southerners use very 'round' vowel sounds that don't exist in Spanish.  I originate from the south coast of England, so I have to make a very conscious effort to flatten and shorten my vowels, so I'm sure Spanish people are forgiving me on a daily basis!  Apparently, as you progress north, Spanish pronunciation becomes easier for Brits, as their natural dialect is more in line with the sound of Spanish vowels - diversions west to North Wales and Liverpool bring in a gutteral dialect which gives those Brits an advantage with the J and K sounds in Spanish, as well as being able to 'roll' their R's; similarly, in Northern Ireland.  Who would have thought that an accident of birth means that, whilst Spanish people often congratulate me on the accuracy of my grammar, I've rarely been complimented on my accent!  :o)

I'm going to seek out the "Benidorm Triangle".  In the meantime, I'd like to offer my own suggestion for summer-time reading: earlier in the year I attended a series of Spanish culture talks in Benijofar (a "Beni" that's nothing like Benidorm!) and was recommended this biography on Franco by Paul Preston:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Franco-Biography-Paul-Preston/dp/0006862101?tag=costa0cc-21

I asked the lecturer why the most highly regarded biography of the Spanish dictator was written by an Englishman and she said that this era is still too painful for many Spaniards, summed up for me in the poignant quote from a recent article in El Pais, “If the victims of Francoism go to a high school to give a talk, they call it indoctrination, but nobody argues when a victim of the Holocaust does it in Germany”.

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/28/inenglish/1561732798_239871.html

And what does all this tell me?  "Theer's nowt so queer as folk" (that one's for you, Jim)!  The perceived differences of people, whether it be between the nationalities or sects of a united state, or comparisons of states on the Global stage, I believe we'd live in a much happier world if we learned about and celebrated each other's differences, instead of denigrating them because of fear and ignorance.

Happy August everyone!

Best wishes,

Kim

Villas

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:16pm

Kimmy(dos) for Everest in my heart! I will inwardly digest your post ( after "hive" (note sin "apostophe") digested me lunch!. Always like your are appreciated. (Note, "no" apostophe! & why, please tell me why? Is "phonetc" not spelled phoneticaly? Good August K2!  👍Villa's👈

jimtaylor

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Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:48pm

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:48pm

Hi Kim, when you say you southerners use round vowel sounds, does that mean you bung in another letter?

Saying Barth instead of Bath is bad enough, but friends who've been here longer than us have never got out of the habit of saying Lar Marina.

I'm sure I've seen 's in use when we've been oop north to the Valencian province.

I'd like to see you roll your Rs.

I'l also like to learn about your differences.

Villas

Villas

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:53pm

jimtaylor wrote on Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:48pm:

Hi Kim, when you say you southerners use round vowel sounds, does that mean you bung in another letter?

Saying Barth instead of Bath is bad enough, but friends who've been here longer than us have never got out of the habit of saying Lar Marina.

I'm sure I've seen 's in use when we've been oop north to the Valencian province.

I'd like to see you roll your Rs.

I'l also like to learn about your differences.

My carstle along the parth is at the rear of the Hice.........I like "bung" ! Villas😜

Kimmy11

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Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:54pm

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:54pm

Hahaha! 😄  I like the 'Global' touch there with Everest, Villas👍😉  

But I fear I've misled you with the apostrophe - "I've" (I have) and "You're" (You are) both correct, it's the "apostrophe + S" (possessive - "To me it belongs", versus abbreviation, "It is short") that I was pulling your leg about - and I'm really looking forward to your response on that one (unless Leggy Les beats you to it)!  😂

Buenos tardes mi amigo! 😀

Kxx

Villas

Villas

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Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:59pm

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Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:59pm

Kimmy11 wrote on Wed Aug 7, 2019 12:54pm:

Hahaha! 😄  I like the 'Global' touch there with Everest, Villas👍😉  

But I fear I've misled you with the apostrophe - "I've" (I have) and "You're" (You are) both correct, it's the "apostrophe + S" (possessive - "To me it belongs", versus abbreviation, "It is short") that I was pulling your leg about - and I'm really looking forward to your response on that one (unless Leggy Les beats you to it)!  😂

Buenos tardes mi amigo! 😀

Kxx

😜😜😜Jim"'s"👈first. Mad August. I think Les's 👈off!(It's👈 having a day out!👍. Villas

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