I was in one of my favourite tapas bars today and heard my waiter pal Jesús say to a couple of customers… “if you wait by the bar I will service you soon”. Oops. And yes, I set him straight, and boy was he embarrassed. Was going to send him a whatsapp with a written reminder but don’t know how to properly translate “to service” into Spanish. 🙂
Occupational hazard of second languages, I guess. A multilingual client of mine once walked into a gourmet store in Madrid and asked for a pound of penises. (I’ve never weighed one, now that I think of it.)
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Yeah, the other gaffe most people make when they first start learning Spanish is saying they’re horny (estoy caliente) instead of feeling hot (tengo calor).