— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) October 25, 2012
Here’s a thing the author knows: that foreign-language acquisition is miserable, more a function of daunting repetition than engaged and creative thinking. Here’s a thing the author doesn’t know: Spanish. In light of the former point, however, the latter one is unlikely to change.
That said, as a follower on Twitter of ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, I sometimes — just by virtue of the common language of baseball — I sometimes find myself accidentally learning Spanish. Am I in danger of reading and then writing a compelling thesis on the works of Jorge Luis Borges? Likely not. However, even just owing to the tweet embedded here, I now understand, like, 50% more Spanish than I did a second ago — and I’ve derived the translations by means of context alone!
Himno nacional? National anthem!
Lanzamiento ceremonial? Ceremonial first pitch!
Giants sale al terreno? The Giants go out to the terreno!
In conclusion, here’s a Learning Spanish Accidentally with Enrique Rojas! checklist:
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