Friday, June 25, 2010

Learning Spanish... or not

We have an addition to our scrappy home-grown group of paddlers: Omar, a Puerto Rican paddler, who's studying at the U of Rochester and hopes to do his residency in orthodontistry here.

I took 7 years of French and have not yet picked up Spanish. But Omar is helping. Yesterday we were doing 1,000s and he taught me how to say "I got the power!" ("Tengo el poder.") I repeated it over and over, trying to commit it to memory.

Today, as we lined up for our last 2k, I decided to demonstrate my grasp on yesterday's phrase. Figured I'd lighten the mood and impress Omar.

I looked over at him and yelled, "Tengo el pollo!"

Omar looked confused. "You have the chicken?"

Damnit, Spanish, you got me again.

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