Theme park cast member stories: Hablamos Español... Sorta
Written by Robert Niles
Laurie and I went out for dinner in Austin, Texas a couple weeks ago with a mutual friends from college, who'd married a lawyer from Argentina. They're fluent in Spanish, so Laurie was practicing her Español, as she likes to do with native and fluent speakers.Tweet
Our friend asked if I knew Spanish, too, and I replied that I know a few phrases.
Laurie rolled her eyes. "Go ahead," she said. So I rattled off my best Spanish, as our friend arched her eyebrow higher with each phrase:
"Cuatro personas por fila, por favor"*
"No más de veinticuatro personas por barco"**
"Permanezcan sentados, por favor"***
"Mantenga las manos y los brazos dentro del barco"****
"No tomar fotografías con flash"*****
I could tell she was struggling to find some context for these seemingly random phrases, but her blank stare turned to understanding once Laurie explained....
"He learned to speak Spanish working at Pirates of the Caribbean."
*Four people per row, please
**No more than 24 people per boat
***Remain seated, please
****Keep your hands and arms inside the boat
*****No flash photography
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