How to Talk to Someone Who Speaks a Foreign Language

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agujero de tapon

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph highborn

The second frame is so true. I always get mad when people do that.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterConnor

that is not exactly what agujero de tapon means yanno...at least that's what my puerto rican friend said...but how would he know? he's loud, slow-witted and foul-mouthed.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjiggly mcsickfingers

OMG, IT'S YOU IF YOU WERE SPANISH!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

If one leaves a bad enough impression, will they leave the country? There's enough English speaking people I can't understand already...

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

uh... "agujero del tapón" means "plug hole", if you want to say "bung hole" you translate it as "ano", "culo" or "recto", but none of those words are insults in Spanish, altough "culo" it's not a word you want to say in polite company

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSkull

Still, calling someone "plug hole" when they think you mean "good friend" is very funny...especially if it causes them embarrassment later.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

As someone pointed out already, agujero de tapón means plug hole... or, where I'm from, nothing at all (Argentina). Still, I really like how you sometimes use Spanish in your strips :) And it's pretty good Spanish, too -- it doesn't natural, but it's perfectly understandable.

Also, I fell in love with this strip.

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMalena

Sure, being bilingual can be helpful, but it also backs you into a corner sometimes, like when you get someone's race wrong and speak to them in the wrong language :P

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoboSnake

I love insulting people in a language they don't understand and telling them it means something nice :) I'll never forget the day I told my teacher she was "extremely stupid" in Latin. She took it as a compliment because I said it so sweetly...she was thanking me over and over...

I maintain that the fact that the word was still recognisable when written down (I'm fairly sure that it's the root of the word 'stupid') only goes to prove my point...

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen_Undine

Oh the irony.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLord Vexlor Strum

actually, technically speaking, "plug hole" and "bung hole" are the same thing. A bung is something used to seal a hole, it's the slang use of "bung hole" that means something else. So basically, a "bung" and a "plug" are the same thing.

ya plug hole.... :)

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim

An insult is the best possible way that phrase could have been interpreted.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkonamicode13

@queen undine thats why I learned latin. no one I talk to knows what it means

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

I find that speaking slowly does actually help. I have just started learning spanish, and it is a lot easier to understand another language if it is spoken slower!

September 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBillz

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