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Spanish Translations – Funny Spanglish for Colombian Drinks

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Today I’ve got a funny travel photo from Inge who runs Colombia Facil about humourous Spanish Translations. Or in other words, Spanglish, which is like the latino version of Engrish. This is where two languages blend together due to a mis-understanding to form a new one. You can follow @ColombiaFacil on Twitter and on Facebook.

When Inge contacted me, she said ‘Would you like to do an interview with Colombia Fácil or write about Colombia? Colombia is such much more than the Farc, drugs and Tanja Neymijer.’

Well, she’s right there. I’ve had some absolute gold sent to me regarding Colombia, which includes some gems like Panty Shower washing liquid, Product Placement, and Markets in Bogota. Plus check out my interview with freelance travel writer, J.M Porup too.

Anyway, check out the photo below. Look very carefully at some of the drink names.

Spanish Translations That Make You Laugh!

Spanish Translations - Spanglish Colombian Drinks

Inge says ‘I think it was more a matter of typical “Costeño behavior” … They probably don’t know the spelling … They just write like they hear it (the same like the Spanish language). Till now I never saw it anywhere else…’

What Inge means is that the bar owner here has written the word how it sounds. Spanish is an easy language to learn because it’s consistent, but it’s also phonetic – meaning what you pretty much hear is how you write it.

In Spanish, a ‘g’ is pronounced liked the ‘h’ in English. Hence, there is a Geineken Beer (instead of Heineken!) and there is even a Rebul (a Red Bull!). So yeah, this is a pretty funny example of unusual Spanish Translations and Spanglish!

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Luckily, the information on Colombia Facil Guide doesn’t include these funny Spanglish translations. This is a new guidebook to Colombia and is aimed to make travel easy and accessible to travelers looking to explore all aspects of Colombia. The guide can purchased in Spanish or English and found in hostels, eco-lodges, tour operator offices, and language schools throughout the country. See more at ColombiaFacil.com.

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8 thoughts on “Spanish Translations – Funny Spanglish for Colombian Drinks”

  1. Avatar Of Angela

    Hahaha the rebul one is genious! There are some spanish talking people sitting next to me in the hostel right now and I tried really hard not to pee my pants laughing when they just said geineken.

  2. Avatar Of Fran

    🙂 Same when gringoes don´t know how to use the gender and numbers in Spanish, cute. However, I never laugh when a gringo can´t pronounce even a word in Spanish, which is most of the time.

  3. Avatar Of Tyler Muse

    Pretty interesting take on how Columbians interpret their own language. I’d say talking face to face with a local would help a non Spanish-speaking traveler really sound believable and authentic. Conversing one on one is obviously the best choice for learning a new language, but there are tons of reasons why. Understanding something like this is one of them.

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