Wednesday, January 16, 2013

You Move, You Snooze

As most of you know, one of the things I love the most about my husband is his use of the English language. See, his first language is Spanish so sometimes, his English comes out a little different.

My favorite is when he messes up idioms and common phrases. One time, my dad got up out of his chair and LoLo jumped into it quickly. When my dad came back, LoLo told him "You move, you snooze!"

Insert crazy amounts of laughter here.

Now in our family, whenever someone loses their seat we tell them, "You move, you snooze!!"

Another favorite of mine is when LoLo is trying to scold Bronx for not eating his food when we put it in front of him. He always tells him, "Bronx, choosers can't be pickers."

Hmmmm I think he means beggars can't be choosers, but I could be wrong. There is a huge difference between choosers and pickers, you know.

Then, last night, I was telling LoLo about my experience volunteering at a soup kitchen last week. I was telling him how I really didn't feel uncomfortable in the situation even though some of my coworkers expressed that they did. LoLo told me, "Well Erin, that's because you are really down to the ground, so you get it."

Down to the ground, eh? That's a new one. But I get it. Earth and ground are the same word in Spanish, "tierra".

I know I've been MIA lately, but I've just been feeling rather unmotivated and felt like I had nothing to write about... but then my friend Lacey mentioned that she missed my posts...and suddenly an idea popped into my head.

Sometimes you just need a little motivation to bring you back down to the ground.


Anonymous said...

Hey Erin :) this is hilarious! Language barriers can cause lots of amusement. My dad is Turkish so English is his second language - when he first learned English he used to call toes "feet fingers" because that's the literal meaning in Turkish :) listening to him translate a Turkish proverb into English is always hysterical - we have lots of jokes that are a result of some random Turkish proverb to do with wolves and elephant babies and all sorts :) Meneksh x

Sandra said...

Your posts about Lolo are some of my favorites! Glad to see you're back!

TheTinyHeart said...

Haha, this made me laugh! I admire LoLo for attempting to use these phrases in conversation :)

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Lacey in the City said...

I love how you always end your posts in a witty way, wrapping back up to something previously mentioned in the post! You have a knack for that in your writing.

And I love LoLo'isms!!!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Haha! These are so cute! "Down to Earth" + "Grounded" =

Down the the ground

It totally makes sense to me!

Erica said...

Oh, that is so funny. I'm just imaging all the things I'd get wrong if I tried to say them in Spanish. lol!

undomestic mama said...

This is so cute and so funny at the same time. I can't wait to hear about him teaching your kid English.