Monday, October 08, 2007

A HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY 2007!

Well, despite the fact that the arrival of Columbus really happened on October 12, 1492, we celebrate (and some of us luckily have the day off) today. So happy European invasion of the "New World" Day! Yeah, sadly Native Americans got massacred and the African slave trade began, but oh well, so it goes. This mix of blood now runs through our veins whether we like it or not, and not all white people were evil either. There's good and bad in every culture/background right?

So, in honor of the mess we now find ourselves in 515 years later, it's time to brush up on the first officially spoken European language in the Americas. Why, good ole'-fashioned Mexican of course! Er, I mean, Spanish. Yes. How could I forget? Good ole' Castillian, from Spain herself. Everyone has at least some basic knowledge right?

If not, this silly video clip should help you brush up/remember:

8 comments:

Christopher said...

That video was genius!...and I'm a little attracted to the guy in it, but I have a thing for white guys, so there you go!...hope you're not working like me!

alice said...

I took two years of Spanish in High School, and I remember the basic greetings and many random words - but some of the phrases that I recall are so odd. Like I remember how to say "where is the library"..... how useful is that???? Maybe I just liked the way it sounded. Go figure.

Happy Columbus Day!!!

alexgirl said...

Thanks for the brief history lesson, WAT. You're such a smartie.

Todd said...

I didn't have the day off and I couldn't go to the bank, which I really needed to, and there was no mail. All this for some guy who heralded the way for colonization of the indiginous peoples of this continent. I just don't understand.

molly said...

screw columbus day

happpy canadian thanksgiving!!

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I liked the article in the Times yesterday about the DNA tests trying to confirm Columbus' actual ethnic origins. I like the possibility that he may have been Jewish.

Gavin Elster said...

Is there one "L" in Castilian or two?

WAT said...

OOPS! MY BAD! There are 5 "L's"!

I LIKE TURTLLLLLES!