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Post by pete_l Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:13 pm

Although spanish is generally prolix, it doesn't have to be.
While shopping in Baza this morning I was walking past the entrance to a block of flats when the following conversation took place:

Kid walks up to door, presses button on entryphone. Voice of a woman:
Si?

to which the kid responded
Yo!

and the door opened.
What's truly remarkable is that this is the first time I've ever heard two spaniards speaking to each other and fully understood what was being said. My spanish must be improving. Very Happy 

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Post by PEDRO JAMES Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:34 pm

hey Pete-I
I love when you say "HOLA" AND THE PERSON SAYS "ADIOS" as you pass each other..Does,nt seem rude here lol! 
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Post by Blatantadvertising.com Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:44 pm

Adios, in this context is correct, in my understanding. Indicating to you that the person does not wish to stop and have a conversation.
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Post by pete_l Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:35 pm

Blatantadvertising.com wrote:Adios, in this context is correct, in my understanding. Indicating to you that the person does not wish to stop and have a conversation.
Yeah, I get that a lot. Sad 

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Post by PEDRO JAMES Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:49 pm

Yes Blatantadvertising this is correct but in the early days here in Spain it took a little bit of getting used to..Back in the land of hope and glory it comes across as being badly educated or ignorant and on occasions ending in a slap or someone getting a thick ear lol! lol! lol! lol! 
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Post by miron Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:39 pm

I've never taken it as rude - I just appreciate that most people greet each other here! Some of the older poeple still say 'Que te vaya con dios' which I really like, and so many people take time to stop and talk to you. 'Story-book friendly' is how a visitor of mine described it after we'd been for a local walk and came back, many conversations later, laden with fruit and vegetables.

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