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learning Spanish
Mon, 07 Mar 2005 18:41:36

The weekend before last weekend i was present at a meeting where the Cuban ambassador of Sweden spoke. Or is it the Swedish ambassador of Cuba? It's the guy from Cuba anyway, who wants to promote his country in Sweden. There are quite some pro Cuba guys and gals in Eskilstuna, and there are a fair amount of South Amarican refugies from the seventies here, and there is a fair bit of pro Cuba action going on here. I guess that's the reason why he paid a visit.

[imagine here a picture of a Cuban-looking guy; the pic got lost :(]

It's the guy on the right. He is a Cuban. He likes to talk. For me that's a sign you're Cuban: if you like to talk. I heard Castro loves his speeches which go on for hours, and so the rest of them must be the same. The Cuban ambassador does not talk in Dutch. He talks in Spanish. I had Spanish in school but let's not get into that. It was not a total succes. Suffice to say that i did not understand the man.

Luckily the people that arranged this meeting had arranged for a translator. When he came into the room he shook me the hand and said: "a! hablas espanol no?" He was sure of his case but being sure is not being right. I broke him the truth so to avert graver shame. This translator translated from Spanish to ... Swedish. And luckily also from Swedish to .... Spanish. For the people that only speak Spanish that is very convinient. For people that speak Dutch that is no consolation at all. They can still understand nada. Not even if they also speak English.

The meeting commenced and the ambassador started his speech, and continued his speech and continued his speech. And continued his speech and finally ended his speech. There was a break. After the break people could ask questions. He answered a question, and kept on answering the question et cetera ad infinitum. And then he stopped. And another person asked a question. And he answered the question and stopped answering the question. But kept on talking, indulging himself to talk about whatever he wanted to talk about. Originally the meeting was supposed to take four hours. After six hours we left. Me and a couple of others. The meeting wasn't finished yet. I'm not really sure if it is finished now.

Luckily i am on a Spanish course right now. The Swedish government doesn't allow me to go on Swedish class because i dont have my personal number yet. But a very sweet South American woman has started a Spanish class with the help of her equally South American man. For the Swedish mind you. They speak Swedish at the Spanish class. And Spanish of course. But no Dutch and no English. Luckily the level of the Spanish lessons isn't so difficult yet. Not at the level of Cuban ambassadors. I can understand the Spanish and so i can deduct from it and learn what they say in Swedish. Also i get assignments which i first have to translate from Swedish to Dutch and then from Dutch to Spanish. So it is really sort of my reverse Swedish class at the moment. And as the level of the courses rise, they will at the same time prepare me for future meetings with Cuban ambassadors.


on Wed, 09 Mar 2005 07:23:14 Christian said:

I like your blog.. and I like your writing.. keep it up!

on Wed, 09 Mar 2005 15:22:26 Zussssssss said:

I like your blog...and I like your writing. Ha! You made me smile again ;-)I like you being my brother!!! I always loved your way of writing!! Yes! keep it up!! XX

on Thu, 10 Mar 2005 10:07:45 NIL said:

Ties rules! Ik geniet erg van je schrijfsels ties. Ik hoop echt dat je gewoon journalist wordt ipv computernerd. Greetz Cyril

on Wed, 16 Mar 2005 11:57:34 Zussss said:

Ja Ties ik ben het met Cyrril eens! Ben t met iedereen eens zou je zeggen! Kus!

on Sat, 19 Mar 2005 12:10:51 tieze said:

jah tack chris och cyril ;) ... och syster

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