12.30.2006

the thing about madrid

now i realize that both of mv posts-from-europe have been about switzerland, even though everyone's favorite launderers of nazi gold have really only been the brackets on the real point of the trip: my brother and i spent a week (okay, 5.5 days) in madrid.

unfortunately for my tendencies towards mockery and bitterness, madrid is actually pretty cool. it feels like any other city, in that it is loud and has lots of mcdonalds (mcdonaldses?) and there are lots of girls wearing jeans tucked into boots, which is a look i am slowly but surely getting on board with, much to my own chagrin.

the really wonderful thing about madrid is that its residents speak with a castilian accent. here is what a castilian accent sounds like: it thounds more or leth like thith.

which ith to thay: thuper.

now, of course (of courth), after five days of being surrounded (thurrounded) by spanish speakers (thpanish thpeakers) engaging in this (thi... i'm going to stop now) (thtop now) (no, for real) delightful affectation, i finally stopped feeling like a total moron saying grathiath instead of gracias. and of course as soon (thoon) (oops) as that comfort set in, off we jaunt to stupid zurich where they speak with a german accent. and here is a fun fact: german accent + lisp = almost too stereotypically homosexual to really be acceptable coming out of the mouth of a mid-20s american female. thadness.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The castilian accent does not lisp the as, as you did in some of your examples; e.g. gra"th"ia"th"
Gracias

Anonymous said...

Only CE/CI/Z or pronounced as a soft "Th". S is not pronounced that way in Madrid. It isn't a lisp, but the actual pronunciation. Speak with a Latin American accent if you don't like it.

I would feel pretty dumb if I said "Grathiath" instead of "Grathias" too.

You shouldn't bash the language when you can't give a proper argument.

Anonymous said...

Also, Spaniards (and not all Spaniards speak with the "th") pronounce any "d" at the end of a word, such as Madrid, as a "th." I.E. "Madrith" or "verdath."

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