Posts Tagged ‘Learn Spanish’

What Does A Mercedes Control Arm Have To Do With Reading Spanish

June 3, 2010

What Does A Mercedes Control Arm Have To Do With Reading Spanish

Hi, it’s Al,

I was working on my Mercedes 280E recently, changing the upper control arm and also doing a routine oil and filter change. It dawned on me that the Spanish Language
and my Mercedes have quite a bit in common.

For starters, Mercedes is a Spanish name given to many girls in Spain and Latin America.

Then, when I was installing the upper control arm, I was using Permatex® GEL TWIST™ Medium Strength Threadlocker BLUE Gel on some of the bolts, I noticed that on the packaging, some of it was in Spanish. I have used the Threadlocker BLUE Gel on many other applications with no problems so far. Working on older cars, I tend to be a bit more cautious on things like suspension, brakes and other safety items.

When I did the oil change, before putting the thumb plug back in (and if I don’t have a new copper washer available due to living in the bush), I tend to use Permatex® Form-A-Gasket® No. 2 Sealant to prevent any leaks. Again, I noticed that the instructions were in Spanish.

I had a quick look at other Permatex® products I have and the instructions and directions are in Spanish. Obviously, they have an English version, but if an American company like Permatex® is publishing instructions and directions in Spanish, then to me, that means that they consider the Spanish language as important.

So, after replacing a control arm on my Mercedes and doing an oil change, I have come to the realization that Leaning Spanish and being able to Read Spanish is important, even in the automotive industry.

Adios Amigos.
Al Bunzel


What Has Speaking Spanish got to do with MotorSport?

March 20, 2010

What Has Speaking Spanish got to do with Motorsport?

Fernando Alonso Speaks Spanish

Last week’s Formula 1 winner was Fernando Alonso.

I always find it interesting after a race how the drivers are interviewed and it is usually in English. But they often get to say something in their native language and often what they say in their native language has more detail.

If you don’t know the language, you don’t get the comprehensive and interesting details.
In this case, if you don’t know Spanish and want to know what super stars like Fernando Alonso are saying, then
it’s time to learn Spanish.

Other Motorsport personalities Spoke Spanish

Notice how many past Motor cycle champions spoke Spanish including Britain’s (late) Barry Sheen. Others include Spain’s Alex Criville, Sito Pons, Sete Gibenau, Carlos Sainz just to name a few.

So, if you want to know what the Spaniards are saying and the extra technical details they give which can give you the edge, then Learning Spanish is one of the keys.

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