Friday, April 28, 2006

I am scarf

Before I went into the city today, I asked Andrew how to say "Just looking" so I'd know how to respond in shops if I was approached by a salesperson. He told me to say "Solo estoy buscando"--easy enough. I practiced as I walked along La Gran Via, all the way down to Placa Catalunya. I stopped in El Corte Ingles to see if could find some facial scrub and lotion, ready to say "Solo estoy buscando" if necessary. When I was finally approached by a smiling salesperson who was addressing me in Spanish, not surprisingly I panicked and said, "Estoy bufanda," while shaking my head and smiling back. "Bufanda" means "scarf," and it's one of the only Spanish vocabulary words I know. Unfortunately, it resembles "buscando." I'm sure she was laughing at me as she walked away. It's high time for some Spanish classes.

2 comments:

jimmy c said...

margo,
you are funny and a good writer. you should think about doing it for a career someday.
tell andrew i said hi. he seems like fun.

Rach said...

Hee hee! I don't know why, but I've always loved stories about people who say the wrong thing in another language! That is a good one. I agree that spanish classes might be a necessity for living in spain :)