Five Languages, One Day In Tangier

Five Languages, One Day In Tangier

We are in Spain for six weeks, a perfect opportunity to set foot in Africa for the first time with a three day trip to Tangier, Morocco. I booked a package through a ferry company that included a two night stay at the legendary Hotel Continental, where we just might have slept in a bed previously occupied by Kerouak, Burroughs, Degas, Delacroix. In Tangier, the second language is Spanish, in large part because the TV antennas in the homes pick up Spanish television stations, and kids learn the language from an early age. Further south in Morocco, French is the more common second language spoken. No SpeakSheet for Arabic yet, but I did pick up a few words before we went – hello, please, thank you, bathroom, yes, no, one, two. Our guide for a morning spoke Spanish, and was quite understandable. French was more common at the hotel, and at the McDonalds where we stopped for a bottled water and bathroom break. We received a surprising number of greetings from shopkeepers in Italian. And anything I couldn’t say in another language, I said in English. Five languages, one day in Tangier, a highly international but not very cosmopolitan city. It is a joy to be able to use a few words in a language I learned for another country. What I have learned in creating SpeakSheets, first for ourselves and then as an offering for fellow travelers, is a gift that keeps on giving.
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