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posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 18.09.2018, 20:20

> > The needs are also different. Spanish is much more important in the
> > Americas than in Europe
>
> There are certainly many native Spanish speakers, but most of them are in
> Texas, California, etc.

I forgot about the territories (Puerto Rico, Guam). Not exactly sure, but I suspect our friend Guti here is from the latter (notice that his blog post about Mr. Colligan is in Spanish). I'm mostly closer geographically to the former but have never visited. I guess those are similar in nature to Aruba, Saint Eustatius, etc? (Doesn't even the Netherlands have some ancient history with the kingdom of Spain?)

> > > BTW, British slang is extremely bizarre, and I'll never get used to it.
> >
> > Slang and dialects are hard because there often is no formal education
> > for them. The only way to learn is exposure.
>
> We'd have to ignore all the useless insults (which are too common), of
> course, and only focus on practical words. I'm sure there's phrasebooks or
> videos on it, if looking hard enough.

I meant that dirty/curse words are overused and somewhat useless. How many different ways can you call someone a "wasteman"? "Jammy bloke", "barmy git", "bloody tosspot, you know, the usual nonsense. Very bizarre.

> > > P.S. I've been listening to a lot of Sleeze Beez on internet radio
> >
> > No, but it seems there heyday were the eighties. Slightly too old for me,
> I was a young teenager then, and didn't really go to popconcerts yet, and
> > they seem to have only one song that touched the Dutch TOP 40 rankings.
>
> "Too old"? I mean, you're only six years older than I am (according to
> ancient FPC authors page, I already remembered but double-checked
> anyways).

Like I said, they had one singer for their first album (Tigo Fawsi/Belgian) but another for the rest (Andrew Elt/British). One of the guitarists has a YouTube page with some videos, but mostly I'm only listening via Slacker Radio online.

Top 40? I assume you're referring to "Stranger than Paradise". But the big one I was barely familiar with was "Screwed, Blued, and Tattooed." However, they had a lot of other good songs. "Heroes Die Young", "Rock in the Western World", "Scream" are also good. The big one with the original singer, IMO, is "Dyin' to Live" (now that's a perfect song!).

But maybe you don't even like that style of music, who knows.

 

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