OK, I've been seeing this google ad around the site lately that says, 'You can get by in spanish with just 138 words' or something to that effect and that those few words unlocks a plethora of expressions.
So, I've been wondering what everyone thinks about this. Do you agree? If not, just how many words will do? For what setting, professional, informal, a dinner party, etc?
For me, I'm kind of thinking...nooo. I mean, wasn't there a gorilla or something that learned American Sign Language and learned an unprecedented 500 signs around? And even then, I don't think that gorilla could really carry a conversation, haha. OK, don't take that example too seriously. I may just be remembering something from the movie 'Congo'.
"Amy..want..rain..drop" "Uh, what did she say?" "She says she wants a martini"