By W.R. Jones
After I placed my easel, squeezed out the paints, and picked my composition, a hispanic male drove a tractor pulling a wagon with two of those outdoor bathrooms on top, directly in front of my view. He then turned off the engine and dismounted. When politely asked if he would mind moving a bit further he waved his hand and replied, “diez minutos.”
Many people take Spanish in school. You can hear them say things like, “roho or lapiz”. Some people buy CDs and listen to the new language while they drive and talk on the phone. They talk on the phone in their native language, not listening to the CD, and so are effectively pissing away their time.
The natural way to learn a language is as a child learns it. Listen to the words then observe the actions to firmly implant the meaning of those words in that word area of your brain. Using this natural learning technique I determined that “diez minutos” means one of the following:
1. More than an hour
2. When I feel like moving
3. Paint somewhere else grandpa