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    Default Re: Mornington Madrid - ¡Hola!

    Don’t worry about that, apart from «¡Hola!» I don’t know any Spanish.
    I suspect my google translated sentences have more of mistakes than words in them.
    I took French for my O levels.
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    Aprendí galés!

    Pero enseñó en Salamanca como parte de un intercambio de profesores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OB.. View Post
    It's a good job I did O Level Spanish ........ back in 1957.
    Tienes más calificaciones que yo.

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    I will not manage to say this in Spanish. A German friend of mine, is a museum curator. Many years ago she found a job in Wales, however to work in the public sector, she was told at the interview, she’d have to learn Welsh. Which she did. Later she noticed she often was the only one answering the phone at work. It turns out many of her Welsh colleagues, didn’t speak Welsh and avoided the phone, as they might be found out, if they had a Welsh speaker on the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais View Post
    I will not manage to say this in Spanish. A German friend of mine, is a museum curator. Many years ago she found a job in Wales, however to work in the public sector, she was told at the interview, she’d have to learn Welsh. Which she did. Later she noticed she often was the only one answering the phone at work. It turns out many of her Welsh colleagues, didn’t speak Welsh and avoided the phone, as they might be found out, if they had a Welsh speaker on the line.
    How often did she find it necessary to actually speak Welsh?

    The last Census reported that there were no adult monoglot Welsh speakers.
    He trudg’d along unknowing what he sought,
    And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
    The Referee by John Dryden

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    Not very often, I shouldn’t think. She just found it unfair that she was obliged to do language classes and take an exam to prove a certain level of proficiency, when Welsh natives were not. But, as in Ireland, laws on bilingualism oblige public services to ofter services in both languages, just in case someone phones to ask something in Welsh/Irish.
    Point of fact, she probably spoke better English than them too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais View Post
    Point of fact, she probably spoke better English than them too.
    Dyma un ffordd i golli ffrindiau!

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    I jest not, a very proficient woman. She has since moved on to bigger and better things.
    I am sure she was happy to gain experience, and get out of the usual catch 22 situation, holding back young graduates today.

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    In any case, we digress.

    I’ll playNuevos Ministerios, in the absence of any move from my opponents.

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    Going out on a limb here. Alameda de Osuna
    If there's no way back then I can leave the country quite easily!

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