English (Sometimes) Spoken Here

Our last cruise on the Crown Princess took us around the Horn in style – with a definite Latin flair. The cruise director and excursion expert’s first language was definitely Spanish – and both made their presentations alternatively in Spanish and English – often in that order. Ditto with life boat drill rehearsals. All ship announcements were bilingual.  In the cigar bar Argentine Spanish seemed to be the lingua franca. I tried to get by with conversational Latin – with varying degrees of success (“Ignosce, sed te non intellexi. Repaete, quaeso”). 

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I had to take 6 years of Latin from 7th-12th grade and recite the Gallic Wars fluently .... Now I just use the good old American HUH???

Gallia est omnis divisa in tres partes, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam, qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appelluntur...

English is a universal language.  I still find it difficult when the Italian captain makes annoucements and I cannot understand him.. He could be yelling abandon ship and I'd think he said go grab a drink.

 

Wasn't that a Costa captain ?      .........OH my bad,   he was getting a drink when he should have been yelling Abandon ship.

 

I, too, took Latin for four years.  Don't know what good it did me. 

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