Spanish Fever 2, Trail by Fire


The Year of The Spanish Fever

Everyone of the old American’s classmates agreed that imposing their beginner’s Spanish on the good people of Barcelona was criminal. All of them had made nuisances of themselves a time or two. Shop keepers who knew they were studying Spanish would let them practice but when stores became busy they fell back on English or they simply pointed.

Their teachers coached them to trust the subconscious. If they would stop chasing phrases, they were promised, the words will present themselves. It’s a beautiful theory.

Several times their mock classroom debates — about marijuana, Ebola, clean energy, etc. — turned into actual exchanges. They would stop and realize something had happened

| LOST IN TRANSLATION | To say something “from the lips outwards“ means to misspeak.



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