Can you get by in spanish with 138 words?
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"
Comida, cerveza, mujeres, deportes, sueño.
Cinco palabras es todo.
Select 138 of your necessary words, visit with some friends and use only those words. You will find out soon that you really can get along with 138 words ... alone.
I guess it depends on the individuals definition of "get by". Many people, including some of my friends and family, would be more than happy to go to Mexico, etc. and "get by" with just a few expressions. They are satisfied, even proud, to be able to ask where the bathroom is or say "hola" to people they pass by. And that is great for them. With 138 words, I'm sure you can say more than that.
However, for those who are on this site, I think we are after real communication. We want to really have conversations with people and get to know them. So for us, 138 words does not even scratch the surface.
I guess you can....if the person or the place you go to uses the same 138 words and they speak slowly enough for you to catch them. Everyone I know speak quite rapidly...pues...if you have the same 138 words have entonces pues que si, lo puede. I don't think you could get by around here on 138 words.
You may be able to get by if you ask questions that require only "yes" or "no" answers. If you want to be able to understand anything other than that you will definitely need to know more than 138 words.
Yes, I think it is true that you only need 138 words!