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The other day I saw a sign that said: Kountry Kitchen

I wondered how the monolingual Spanish-speakers in the area were doing with that.

This next example is one of my favorites! It’s from Frontier Airlines when they were promoting the animals on the tales of their airplanes. I think their copy team is outstanding!
It was their billboard on a busy intersection in my area.

It read: “An Ocelot of destinations.” and had a cute picture of an ocelot.

What does a non-native-speaker do with that one!?

What happens when these word plays get thrown at us in Spanish? Can we figure it out? It’s tough! Stay curious and ask, ¿Qué significa?


This one is not a word play, rather a translation mistake.
In Cuzco, Perú, we stopped for lunch in a little café. The menú was in Spanish and English.

I was reading the Spanish and it all looked normal: un sandwich de jamón y queso.
My friend was reading the English and he said “a jam and cheese sandwich, that’s different!”

Why do you think this mistake was made in the English translation?  jamón = jam (hint: how does the Spanish “j” get pronounced?)

In Spanish there are many other common word plays. Here are 2 more.


Back to word plays: The man’s name Theodore = Teodoro can sound like Te adoro = I adore you.

When we tell someone in Spanish, “I’ll call you.” – “Te llamo.”
It can sound like, “Te amo.” = I love you.

So if you tell your friend, Te llamo. = I’ll call you.
They might respond, Te amo, también. = I love you, too. Then they’ll start to giggle. 😉


Action Step: Have fun with language. As we learn Spanish, we learn English. Keep you eyes open, be curious. Read labels, billboards, etc… Start a collection in your notebook.
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