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Anyone Speak Spanish?

Post by Ken0069 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:35 am

The Wife and I watch some TV programs on WSJX, which is a Satellite broadcast for the Virgin Islands. In the commercials, which are mostly in Spanish they frequently use the term, (and note that this how I "think" it's spelled), saying "java ja", usually with speech emphasis, ie, louder and emphatic if there is such a thing!

So could someone help me out with this by telling me exactly what they are saying?
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Re: Anyone Speak Spanish?

Post by Kevin Johnson » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:00 am

Ken, make a recording of one of the commercials. There are linguist forums that would be happy to help.

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Post by engineczar » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:07 am

If you have a smartphone download the Google translate app. The app will do voice translation as well as photos not to mention the usual typed words.

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Re: Anyone Speak Spanish?

Post by Kevin Johnson » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:16 am

I briefly tried researching Ken's question. The problem is that Spanish has many local variants with idiomatic phrases (just like English).

A good analogy would be in the film, The Limey, where the antagonist refers to his "China" which is British prison slang for friend. "Mate" rhymes with "plate" and so you have "China plate" reducing to "China". A long time ago in a far away galaxy I studied linguistics in graduate school.

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Post by Ken0069 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:55 pm

Kevin Johnson wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:16 am
I briefly tried researching Ken's question. The problem is that Spanish has many local variants with idiomatic phrases (just like English).

A good analogy would be in the film, The Limey, where the antagonist refers to his "China" which is British prison slang for friend. "Mate" rhymes with "plate" and so you have "China plate" reducing to "China". A long time ago in a far away galaxy I studied linguistics in graduate school.
I'll have to apoligize before I write this, but, I just can't help myself.

Question Kevin, does that make you a "Cunning Linguist" then? :mrgreen:
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Re: Anyone Speak Spanish?

Post by Kevin Johnson » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:44 am

:D I assure you, that is not the first time I have heard that joke, Ken.

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