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September 27, 2006

Aprendiendo Castellano

Luis Buñuel himselfAh, well… I´ll tell you another time how I found a flat in Barcelona (see my previous entry), right now I just wanted to cite some proper lit in the Spanish language!

I have been taking Spanish classes for over two weeks now and I´m gradually reaching a level where I can understand more than just the big picture of a story. I try to read the Catalán version of the Metro as well, which features articles in two languages. And I am starting (very meagerly) to read some more elevating literature.

For example this exerpt, A favor y en contra, from Mi último suspiro. A polemic about taste, which features some interesting ideas about its author (Luis Buñuel) and Spain in general:

Me gusta comer temprano, acostarme y levantarme pronto. En eso soy completamente antiespañol. Me gusta el Norte, el frío y la lluvia. En eso soy español.#

And a bit further, perhaps my favourite line:

No me gustan los poseedores de la verdad, quienesquiera que sean. Me aburren y me dan miedo. Yo soy antifanático (fanitcamente).#

*Sigh * Isn´t Spanish a nice language?

(# & #: I like to eat on time, to sleep and to get up early. In this I am completely anti-Spanish. I like the North, the cold and the rain. In this respect, I am Spanish. [...] I do not like possessors of the truth, whomever they may be. They abhor me and scare me. I am (fanatically) antifanatical.)


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