Copyright -Anelephantcant

Copyright -Anelephantcant

Sam and Maria decided that after graduation they want to do great things in the world together. Maria already teaches English as a second language at the community center. Sam admires Maria and wants to volunteer too, but he doesn’t speak Spanish. Maria suggests a software program to help Sam learn the basics.

When they meet for lunch, Maria asks how the Spanish course is going.

“It’s been an entire week and all I can say is my bicycle is blue.

“Sam, your bicycle isn’t blue.”

“So, you see my problem.”

“Yes, you should keep studying.”

“Or paint my bike.”


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49 thoughts on “Mi Bicicleta Es Azul

  1. If reality doesn’t fit the story change reality 😉

  2. I love short fiction done right! This was wonderfully done.

  3. erinleary says:

    I got a chuckle from this. I still have my beginning French phrases in my head from many years ago. I can imagine how this would feel.

  4. Funny and I would have said that for real!!!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Me too, Scott. Me too.

  5. troy P. says:

    This is definitely a week for last line brilliance, yours very much included!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks, Troy. There are some really great ones this week. I appreciate being included.

  6. denmother says:

    Super cute. Sweet dialogue.

  7. Jan Brown says:

    Very funny! Reminds me of high school French classes, when we learned such classics as “Ou est la bibliotheque?” and the useful “Ou est la salle du bain?”

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Two very useful pieces of info, as every smart woman knows, the location of the library and the bathroom. Odd how there is almost always a line at one and not the other. Thanks!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hahahahahaha! ¡Que comica! Gracias que compartaste esta historia con nosotros.
    (How comical! Thanks that you shared this story with us!)

    Funny story, Honie! Spanish is easy once you get the hang of it … and I learned at 40!

    Again, a very funny and enjoyable read!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I say thank goodness for google translate! HA!

  9. Joe Owens says:

    This guy is thinking proactively. Will he paint it another color when he learns more?

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Maybe he’ll just volunteer to paint people’s bikes. HA!

  10. zookyworld says:

    The sentence does sound nice in Spanish … but sounds like Sam needs to toss out the software program.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I agree…or he’ll just go around telling people the color of his zapatos y pantalones.

  11. How can that be learned before “Where’s the bathroom?” and “A beer, please?” I think he needs a different course! I really enjoyed this, Honie.


    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Exactly, lesson one: cerveza por favor. Of course, he could have been thinking he might need to describe his bike to someone just in case he had one too many. That Sam, always thinking ahead.

  12. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    That was a lot of fun, Honie.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Well, I’m all about the fun, ya know.

  13. lewiscave says:

    I think I would paint the bike!

  14. fransiweinstein says:

    Thanks for the smile. Love this. Wish all obstacles could be overturned so easily. Or, maybe they can??

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Life: Lost in translation.

      1. fransiweinstein says:

        Si 🙂

  15. Querida Honie,

    ¡Muy bien, Chica! You had me at the title. Loved this. Mil gracias.



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Es usted muy amable, querida señora. Gracias.

  16. petrujviljoen says:

    Laughed. Well done.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Mission accomplished. Thanks.

  17. Sandra says:

    I can sympathise whole-heartedly. I’ve always made a point of learning the language of the country in which we were living, and just so glad we never lived in China. 😦 Poor Sam, there’s a long way to go yet. Nice one Honie.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Sandra, how many languages do you speak? Yeah, poor Sam, he’s got a definite problema.

  18. Penny L Howe says:

    I was reading along and then I was laughing. Well done Honie, a great write! 🙂

  19. artsifrtsy says:

    I actually did LOL – very funny! For me, painting a bicycle is definitely preferable to learning a second language – I have barely mastered English.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes! Spontaneous laughter is one of my goals. I agree, pass the Krylon por favor.

  20. Sarita says:

    Too funny!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hey Lady – Thanks!!

  21. Gabriella says:

    Lovely story! Poor Sam; I hope he perseveres.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      He will. He’s got to impress Maria.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      giggles, chortles, and guffaws – all acceptable! 🙂

  22. lylekrahn says:

    That’s funny.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Seriously, it’s the first full sentence I learned. Makes no sense whatsoever, since my bicycle is silver!

  23. Enjoyed this bit of fiction, but now I’ve got Queen’s “Bicycle Race” song stuck in my head.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Oh! I so should have included that song! HA! There are some really good ones this week.

  24. claireful says:

    Hah! Exactly my attitude to learning a second language unfortunately, however much I tried.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I can totally relate. Spanish is such a beautiful language. I need a full immersion program. The software route was not for me. Spanish speaking students amaze me. English grammar and punctuation can be confusing, even as a first language, and it’s truly humbling to see how hard they work hard to learn it. I should be such a student!

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