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Speaking Spanish with a Texas accent

Years ago a friend and I spent a summer traveling through Europe. We were free spirits. No hotel reservations for us! Before leaving the U. S. we bought EurailPasses, which allowed us to freely travel on trains throughout the continent. So, when we landed in Europe, we just took our backpacks and rode the rails wherever we wanted to go.

The last country we visited that summer was Spain. Our normal practice was to get off the train, leave our backpacks in left-luggage in the train station, and go out to explore on foot. But Spain was going through a terrorism scare that year, and the government had closed all baggage storage facilities because of a fear of bombs. So, we had no place to leave those heavy backpacks.

Somehow we were introduced to a missionary who had served in Spain for 25 years. He graciously allowed us to store our backpacks in his church.

Both my friend and I spoke Spanish, but we had never heard Spanish like this missionary spoke it. He was from Texas, and every word showed it. A quarter of a century in Spain hadn't gotten the Texas out of him one bit. Even if I had not spoken Spanish myself, just hearing this man speak the language would have told me where he was from.

Actually, though, his heavily Texas-accented Spanish was kind of endearing. It made my friend and me feel just a little less like strangers in a strange land.

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MelissaE wrote on May 28, 2015, 7:21 PM

Ha, ha...that is a sweet story. I speak Irish with a Tennessee accent.

bestwriter wrote on May 28, 2015, 7:34 PM

That was the cheapest way to travel - I can say that again (lol),. I know of a couple who did that. And as for not changing the accent hats off to that missionary.

RonElFran wrote on May 28, 2015, 10:10 PM

I won't tell you what accent I speak Spanish with - it's too painful a subject!

RonElFran wrote on May 28, 2015, 10:11 PM

Not only was it cheaper, but it also was a great adventure. We met some wonderful people along the way, some of whom invited us into their homes.

bestwriter wrote on May 28, 2015, 10:26 PM

Mingling with the natives must have been a great experience.

morilla wrote on May 28, 2015, 10:37 PM

Having lived in Texas for a 3-year stint, I know what you're saying. It's... 'interesting.' Let's just say there are some 'inflections' which seem to be missing and others which are added. That's on top of the Texas accent. emoticon :smile:

cmoneyspinner wrote on May 29, 2015, 3:50 PM

25 years in Texas and can't lose the accent? No surprise. It's very hard to lose accents. It might fade a little bit but it's still detectable. My father is from The Bahamas and as I was growing up he said certain words a certain way but my American relatives didn't speak that way. Same thing with my husband who is also from The Bahamas. Though his accent is not nearly as pronounced as when we first met, it's still there! :)