quote:Originally posted by Vox:quote:Originally posted by ricardomath:quote:Originally posted by Vox:
When I went to Puerto Rico, I had a couple of American tourists try to ask me directions in Spanish... That was comical!
A friend of ours from my wife's city in Colombia always has foreign students coming up to him in bars here in Ames and trying to speak to him in Chinese and Japanese.
His mother visited the US last year, flying here on the same flight with us during our return flight from Colombia. Asians kept coming up to her in the airports speaking Chinese and Japanese, too. She didn't know what to think, since she speaks only spanish. It was pretty funny. Her son has been here in Ames for a year or so, so he speaks some english, in addition to spanish.
Ricardo, is she Asian (racially speaking)? Like Alberto Fujimori? Or does she just look it, because of native (a la Inca) extraction?
Their anscestors are from Japan. I believe that her grandparents (his great grandparents) were the last genetration in their family to speak Japonese.
What I find particularly amusing is that my wife and pretty much everybody else often refers to him as "el chino", dispite the fact that "japonÃ©s" is a perfectly good spanish word. It's just not much used. I've never quite understood that.