Don’t try Spanish if you’re not ready

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a Mehicano construction worker than the site if a gringo home owner approaching him with his Spanish/English phrase book. “How much should I pay you?” comes out as “I want to punch you”, an honest mistake given that the verb for ‘pay’ and ‘punch’ are coincidentally very similar. Also the word for married (casado) and tired (cansado). Maybe that’s why “I am married” is not the ‘permanent’ form “Soy casado”, but the ‘impermanent’ form “Estoy casado”. Go around telling people you are ‘tired’ when asked if you are married and the response will soon be “Soy divorciado!”

Nobody says it better than Mel Blossom (Fleming), a comic from the U.S. now living and working in Merida…check her out on You Tube! Good thing we’re signed up for Spanish classes in January ’cause I really need to go shopping, and Ric needs to stop scaring off the construction workers….!

In October 2012, I drove 6,800 kms with my artist husband, Ric Kokotovich (, and my dog Iggy, to spend 6 months in our adopted city of Merida. Leaving the fast paced world of Calgary behind, I packed my books, art and entrepreneurial spirit, and set off to explore what lay beyond the borders that had become my life. In October 2013 we hit the road south again, hoping to find out what ‘living the dream’ really means. This is my adventure.

1 comment on “Don’t try Spanish if you’re not ready

  1. Browsing through your blog. This one cracked me up!

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