ode to the electronic ‘i’

Posted on November 12th, 2010 by Theresa

It was one of my fellow teacher’s birthdays (er, does that mean she had more than one?) at work. She was very excited because her husband had surprised her with an i-pad.  Just a teensy bit envious, I pass the news on to two other, Spanish, colleagues. “Hey guys, you’ll never guess what Tracy’s husband got her for her birthday? An iPad!” (It’s a Language School, their level of English is proficiency-like and we normally speak English together). “What?” replies one, looking puzzled, laughing quizzically. “Why would …?” Then, simultaneously, they both raise a hand and slap it over an eye. I return their puzzled looks. It clicks. I enlighten them. “No, no, not an ‘eye pad’, an EE-pad!”  We all fall around.

You just gotta love that little ultra-modern, techno-gadget ‘i’. When you think about it, it’s actually much easier on your jaw muscles to say ee-pod, ee-pad or wee-fee. At least that’s my excuse for nine times out of tenning eekaya over eyekeya.

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9 Responses to “ode to the electronic ‘i’”

  1. Peter Harvey Says:

    I once went to fnac and asked for an eepóth. Eventually they worked out that I wanted an áipot.

  2. Theresa Says:

    One thing I’ve never been able to ask for successfully in Spanish, Peter, is a packet of Werther’s. I do all sorts of things with my teeth and lower lip but can’t seem to render the pron comprehensible.

  3. Valerie Says:

    How do you say Kindle in Spanish?

  4. Theresa Says:

    El kindleh, I guess?

  5. Theresa Says:

    Actually, Valerie, today I heard on the radio ‘el libro electrónico kind-el’.

  6. TORIL Says:

    ..it’s not wee-fee, it’s güee-fee..:-)

  7. Theresa Says:

    AH yes, Toril, you are so right!

  8. Peter Harvey Says:

    Why do you think Worcestershire sauce is called salsa Perrins?

  9. Angelique Says:

    A Spanish friend tried to explain to me that her daughter did not dance flamenco this year but Hip-Hop … Geep-Gop It took me a while before I understood what she was doing.

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