DÓNDE VAS ATONTAO. I put my foot in it too!

Os dejamos el primer texto que participa en el concurso de relatos breves en inglés I put my foot in it too!

This story didn’t happen to me, but to a workmate of mine, many years ago.

She was on holiday in London and she had problems understanding native people and being understood by them.

Once, she was in a ticket office trying to buy a ticket for the Tube. The ticket vendor said something that sounds strange to her. She understood “on the bus” and answered: “I don’t want to go on the bus; I want to go on the subway”. After a while trying to understand each other, the ticket vendor said: “Que soy andaluz! Te pregunto dónde vas!” (pronounced like Andalusian people do).

At last, the man asked her again where she was going, and she answered: “I’m going to Acton Town”. The ticket vendor replied: “Speaking like that nobody won’t ever understand you”. My friend told him that was true: nobody understood her when she asked to go to Acton Town. The man said: “It’s easy! You have to say atontao!” (with Andalusian accent again).

Effectively, the next time she had to ask for Acton Town she said “atontao” and everybody understood her!

E.Vilaclara

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