Friday, July 25, 2008

Yodeling in Spanish

You know how sometimes when you talk too fast, your beginning consonants get switched and you end up with "ceginning bonsonants"? Or sometimes it happens in the middle of a word and you get "connosants". It happens to me all the time. I should probably try to talk slower.

There is a mexican guy that plays soccer with us named Uriel. When you give it the proper spanish pronunciation, it is said: OOH-dee-ell. Let's say it out loud together right now: "OOH-dee-ell". Very nice.

After we played last night, a few of us were sitting on the bench rehashing the game and I'm talking too fast and I loudly proclaim something about Udele. Now, let's say that out loud right now: "OOH-de-LAY". Huh? I look at Christy. She looks at me. Huh? What? And then I pointed out, "You know, like how they would say it in Austria when the hills are alive with the sound of music." Christy was with me on the Sound of Music even before I said it out loud - since we sometimes share the same brain and we always share the same sense of humor.

After the first round of laughter, we broke into a rousing edition of "High on a hill was a lonely goatherd, Udele, Udele, Udele-hee-hoo" until we started laughing in that high pitched way that is almost silent and you can't breathe and you can't stop crying and you end up with a head-ache and a stomach cramp, which is one of the greatest, purest feelings in the world.

Perhaps you had to be there? Either way, you can't go wrong with this video:

I bet that'll be in your head all day. Enjoy!


Elaine said...

I feel like this post is just for me! You channeled my beloved Julie Andrews. My new class, comprised of mostly former students (because we looped up together to the next grade), spent this week cutting and pasting to The Sound of Music CD. The formers were wanting to know when we'd be watching the movie again. Ahh...a whole new fan base! But my students wouldn't have mispronounced your friend's name, as they are all fast talkers- in Spanish. Latch you Cater!

Craig Brandenburg said...

The act of switching consonants within a word or sentence is called a spoonerism.

Obligatory Wikipedia link:

L said...

Nutmeg and I enjoyed the YouTube clip. She is a computer addict.