October 06, 2008

tragedy in translation

Gring(o|a) Meets Chic(o|a)

a play in five acts
transcribed from Lonely Planet's Latin American Spanish, p. 112-118.

Act I: A Party Gone Wrong

Would you like a drink?
What star sign are you?
Shall we get some fresh air?
Do you study or do you work?
Do you have a light?
I don't take drugs.
I have...occasionally.
Do you want to have a smoke?
I'm high.
You have a beautiful...body, eyes, hands, laugh, personality.
No, thank you.
I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Excuse me, I have to go now.
Your ego is out of control.
I'm not interested.
Hey, I'm not interested in talking to you.
Leave me alone!
Piss off!

Act II: S/he Appears

You're very nice.
You're great.
You're very attractive.
I'm interested in you.
I like you very much.
Do you like me too?
Can I kiss you?
Will you take me home?
Do you want to come inside for awhile?

Act III: A Night Of Passion

I want to make love to you.
Do you have a condom?
I won't do it without protection.
I think we should stop now.
Let's go to bed!
Kiss me!
I want you.
Take this off.
Touch me here.
Do you like this?
I (don't) like that.
Please stop!
Please don't stop!
Oh my god!
Oh yeah!
That's great.
Easy tiger!

Act IV: The Morning After

That was amazing.
It's my first time.
I can't get it up - sorry.
Don't worry, I'll do it myself.
It helps to have a sense of humour.
Can I call you, meet you tomorrow, stay over?
I'm in love with you.
I love you.
Do you love me?
I think we're good together.

Act V: Torn Apart

Are you seeing someone else?
He/she's just a friend.
I don't think it's working out.
We'll work it out.
I want to end the relationship.
I want to stay friends.
I never want to see you again.


Somehow I didn't expect my phrasebook to be such a wrenching emotional experience.


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