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Chad Ochocinco speaks Spanish?

Chad Ochocinco speaks Spanish?

“When in carnation, are you gonna learn Spanish, Matthew,” asked Jim.

“I’m catchin on,” answered Matthew. “MaryAnn isn’t so good at her herself.”

“MaryAnn and I both speak Spanish real good, perfect jez like we speak English,” Jim shot back.

“You tell’em, Jim,” I said.

Jim continued, “Lookee here in this here magazine, why its got all these famous people who speak Spanish.”

“Lemme read’em to you,” Jim went on. “Spanish is spoken by Matt Damon, Emma Thompson, Francis Ford Coppola, Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Lee Jones, Martin Sheen, Matthew McConaughey, Katherine Turner, Sharon Stone, Sophia Loren, Omar Shariff, Emilio Estevez, Antonio Banderas, Charlie Sheen, Andy Garcia, Eva Mendes, Lorenzo Lamas, Salma Hayek, Jimmy Smits, Rachel Welch, Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Shakira, John Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly Furtado, Selena Gomez, Marc Anthony, Rita Moreno, Gloria Estéfan, Raffaella Carra, Linda Ronstadt, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Saramago, Roberto Clemente, Lee Trevino, David Beckham, Nancy Lopez, Pelé, Figo, Kobe Bryant along with other basketball players such as Marc Gasol, and Pau Gasol. Pope Benedict XVI, Nicolas Sarkozy, John Kerry, Jeb Bush, George Bush and even Barack Obama!”

Jim paused for thought, and then said, “And, yeah that football player Ochocinco speaks Spanish.”

I said, “Ochocinco is just a name he made up, Doubt if he speaks Spanish.”

“I’m gonna listen real close on the Super Bowl to see if I can hear him speak Spanish,” said Jim.

“When he speaks to who?” I said, “Tom Brady?”

Mathhew countered, “I don’t believe for a second that any of those Bush guys speak any Spanish at all. Maybe Obama speaks some Hawaiian like I do, but that’s a stretch.”

“You speak Hawaiian? There ain’t no Hawaiian. Them Hawaiians is American, and they speak English,” answered Jim.

“Honi kau ah wiki wiki,” said Matthew, “that’s Hawaiian for you.”

“Yeah, Hawaiian that you just made up,” said Jim.

It’s part of a song,” replied Matthew. “The second line goes ‘Sweet brown maiden said to me as she gave me language lessons on the beach at Waikiki.'”

Jim laughed, “That don’t sound like anything but English to me.”

2 comments to Spanish is spoken by 500 million people

  • Sally: Thanks for reading my blog, and the compliment. As an English teacher, you may find work in Mexicali. There are also American companies here. However, your chances might be better in Calexico, both for your husband and for yourself. If you get a Sentri pass, Calexico is only minutes away. There seem to be plenty of jobs there in education.
    God bless,
    MaryAnn

  • Hi Maryann,

    We are a couple from the USA ( Illinois) thinking of relocating to Mexicali. We are worried about the job situation in Mexicali. How is the job situation there now?
    I am a teacher and my husband is a designer.

    How is it like living over there? Is it possible to find work in Calexico, if all else fails?

    Your blog is really useful! I enjoy reading it for very useful tips and information.

    I hope you can reply us soon!
    Regards,
    Sally

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