Gut Rumbles

January 22, 2006

Foreign Language

When I travel to Costa Rica, I try to speak Spanish as much as I can. I am by no means fluent in the language, but I get better every time I go there. I enjoy learning new things and I believe that knowing how to speak a foreign tongue, especially Spanish, is a handy tool to have. A LOT of people speak Spanish in the USA today.

I'll probably never drive a car in New York City, but this information also might benefit me some day. (I think the part about New Jersey drivers applies all over the country, because I've damn sure seen it in Florida.) Southern drivers don't generally use their car horns a lot, so it's really a foreign language to me.

I wanna learn Hornspeak.



Posted by: livey on January 22, 2006 11:55 PM


Posted by: GUYK on January 22, 2006 11:59 PM

uch, jersey drivers are f*cking nimrods. only people i know who would back up after missing an exit on the belt parkway. with me riding shotgun no less. i thought for sure i'd lose my life that day.

Posted by: erica on January 23, 2006 02:45 AM

Ha!! You ought to see those punk-assed New York drivers try to navigate a Jersey traffic circle. It is a frightening thing to behold. They're also as dangerous as plutoniim at our many toll booths. Finally, the dipshits think it's perfectly proper to do fifty mph in the left lane of the Parkway. Move to the right, and get off the farookin' cell phone.

New York drivers -- feh! :-)

Posted by: Jim - PRS on January 23, 2006 03:36 AM

If you want to learn hornspeak and brush up on your Spanish, take a trip to Cuba. The taxis in Havana actually have multiple horns with different tones they use to navigate traffic.

Just don't buy anything while you're there.

Posted by: Arcs on January 23, 2006 10:39 AM

My government won't allow me to go to Cuba. Did I miss the embargo being lifted?

Posted by: Acidman on January 23, 2006 11:07 AM

Thank you for speaking English well enough to know that "a lot" is two words.

Posted by: Juan Paxety on January 23, 2006 12:27 PM

My wife and I go to Zihuatanejo for a week every couple of years. I noticed that when I started to use my very limited Spanish the friendly factor kicked up about 425%. Then I found to my surprise and delight that although I have a limited vocabulary and almost no grammatical command of the language, I also have no American accent. That has led to some very funny and friend making incidents. My Spanish increases by quantum leaps every time we go down there.

Posted by: Gerry N. on January 23, 2006 04:18 PM

I don't know how it is elsewhere, but the ticos love it when you speak Spanish, even if you do it badly the way I do.

Posted by: Acidman on January 23, 2006 07:45 PM

Horns: it can be, ummm, interesting to see a New Yorker being trained in proper use of the horn in Texas (in short: don't). The New York Standard Blast is often followed by the 6'2" cowboy stopping his truck, setting the park brake, and walking back to ask what the problem is. The 9mm fashion accessory adds to the elegance of the situation.

Drivers: I have little experience of New Jerseyites, but if they can equal or exceed the idiocy of Pittsburghers I would prefer not to drive there. Pittsburgh is the only city I have ever visited where it is routine to charge down an on-ramp at 40 mph, then come to a complete stop at the bottom and wait for an opportunity to join traffic.


Posted by: Ric Locke on January 23, 2006 08:08 PM


In Jersey, that is a serious no-no that could get your ass killed. Ohio drivers do that in Jersey, which is why I give them wide berth.

Posted by: Jim -PRS on January 24, 2006 12:02 PM
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