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Test Your Spanglish


"Que est-ce que tu fais le weekend?" For decades now the French have been trying to defend their language against the influence of English and stop the spread of franglais. What makes them angry is that often a word already exists in French to talk about something, but the English word becomes the fashionable alternative. In Germany, they sit in front of der TV to watch eine talkshow. In Japan they drink an orenji juisi when thirsty, and eat a hottu doggu when hungry, and young Russians love to veendserf. Spanish has also developed a taste for English vocabulary, although these borrowed words are not always used correctly. If you ask an English speaker where the nearest parking is, or tell him you enjoy footing, he will probably look at you with a blank expression. He will not have understood that you want to find a car park, or that you are keen on jogging.

English, too, borrows words from other languages. French is considered to be sophisticated, so if you have enough money you can afford to dine in chic restaurants and sample haute cuisine. In England it rarely gets hot enough to justify having a short sleep in the middle of the day, but the English tourists in Benidorm couldn't survive without one - "I think I had a bit too much sangria to drink with the paella at lunchtime. I'm popping upstairs for a siesta."

But the truth is that English gives more than it takes, and where English and another language clash, English inevitably wins the battle. Even a Spanish speaker would have problems understanding young people in Puerto Rico, for example, who speak Spanglish, a form of Spanish that is full of anglicisms. In Puerto Rico, if water starts coming through the ceiling, you are going to need a plomero. He or she will tell you that there is a problem with your pipas. The problem is that your pipas "likean".

It is in the field of technology, though, where English really dominates. Technology moves fast, and before other languages have had time to invent words to describe new phenomena, computer users are already using an adapted version of the English vocabulary. When you turn on a computer, you boot it. In cyberspace, the Spanish word for this is butear. If you are not happy with what you have written, you can always deletear it. And when you've got nothing better to do, why not butear your computer and spend a few hours surfeando la Internet?

The Test

English and Spanish are the second and third most spoken languages in the world. It is probably thanks to the USA that English has become the world language, but more and more people are now speaking Spanish in America. Could Spanglish become the world language in the 21st century? And if it did, would you be able to adapt to the new reality, or would be become a linguistic dinosaur? The following test has been especially designed by its-online to test your ability to move with the times. Good luck!

Match the words with their definitions.

 

Rochear
Suitche
Bilding
Carro
Fullear
Troc
Chor
A place for living or working in
A vehicle used to transport goods
Short trousers
A popular four-wheeled passenger vehicle
To be in a hurry
A thing used to turn lights on and off
To fill something up

The Answers
Rochear - To be in a hurry .Suitche - A thing used to turn lights on and off. Bilding - A place for living or working in .Carro - A popular four-wheeled passenger vehicle .Fullear - To fill something up. Troc - A vehicle used to transport goods.  Chor - Short trousers.


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