So here are the results from the survey to see if Americans have a collective conscience. I didn't include the answers to the Spanish phrase because no one put the same thing as anyone else... what does that say about the way Americans learn Spanish vs. the way Brazilians learn English?
The numbers are estimates because I rounded and because I realized at the end that I miscounted someone but I was too lazy to start over. Also, Viv Pilot left his comments right after I did all the math, and his answers were different from everyone else's (so you can imagine that each number is a little lower than it really is.... however, Viv Pilot, you didn't grow up in the US, which make account for the difference in your answers! I should ask my students the same Qs in English and see if their answers are like yours! How interesting!). I don't care enough about this survey being exact... you'll get the idea:
A famous American author:
Deveraux (she is American, Auntie Tammy!) 6%
when/win (haha...maybe “when” can be added to the hick slang.... or would it be “win”?): 11%
bale/bail (who uses the word “bale?!”) 5.5%
A word that reveals a hick accent:
wash (warsh): 12%
crick (?) 6%
partner (pardner) 6%
A typical American food:
fried chicken: 12%
french fries: 12%
mac & cheese 6%
hot dog 6%
That was fun! If I think of any other topics that render worthy survey-taking, I'll certainly put it up! Until then, keep the comments coming. :)
In other news, I discovered the story behind the mysterious corn statue by our apartment. It turns out that it's a (not very effective as it includes no words) way to promote the upcoming corn festival in the region. From what I understood on the news (subject to non-native speaker error), it's local corn farmers working with a big rehab clinic the next town over to sell corn-related foods and other products to raise money for the clinic. (I think the clinic is run by a church, because they were interviewing a real-life friar on the news!) The patients have helped to prepare the products, recipes, and foods. We're totally gonna go next weekend! Pictures to come!
After we ate up all of my grandma's beef stew leftovers, I made us a much more Brazilian lunch on Friday:
It's beef, mandioquinha, and Brazilian broccoli. So healthy and colorful!
We're at Alexanre's parents' house, and a baby bem-te-vi got trapped inside the entryway. I got some pictures before it figured out how to get back outside:
And here's an entertaining license plate:
And I'll leave you with another picture of gatinha, who's evidently tired of having her picture taken:
Have a good weekend!