quiero ser villanas sexy . . .
i want to learn spanish, but i’m too lazy to sign up for a class. lucky for me, i recently discovered the solution on channel 12. i’ve decided that the best way to learn another language is to use the most advanced educational multimedia – namely, the telly. i’ve heard it said that many an immigrant’s kid learned english by watching MTV and the OC. so, i decided to conduct a little study of my own and learn spanish while watching the soaps on Univision, known as “telenovelas”. first of all, they love their soaps - there are about 500 different soap operas to choose from. my personal favorites are “mi vida eres tu” (you are my life) and “peregrine” (¿peregrinate?). fascinating stuff, i tell you. the best part is that i’m picking up spanish faster than expected. why, i have already learned a dozen new useful words after only one episode! since i studied the science of learning in college, i’ll give you my own scientific analysis of why this is such an effective tool for acquiring a new language.
por favor: please
mi corazon: my heart
lo siento: i’m sorry
mi amore: my love
no es de gravedad: it’s not serious
démelo: give me
te amo: I love you
no tuve la culpa: it wasn’t my fault
saque su camisa: take off your shirt
(this was said a scandalous 3 times in one episode! to be fair, though, i think what was happening is that the two guys who kept taking off their shirts were trying to throw some bad guys off their trail so they wouldn’t be recognized leaving the disco)
¿Había algunos testigos?: were there any witnesses?
béseme duro los labios, tonto usted!: kiss me hard on the lips, you fool
go ahead and try watching just one telenovela – you won’t be able to stop once you start!