Friday, 15 May 2009

Colorín colorado

Oh dear...

At the end of reading a Spanish fairy tale, one commonly says this:

Colorín colorado
Este cuento se ha acabado

It's just the ritual end, like we always say "...and they all lived happily ever after."
Colorín colorado, however, doesn't really mean anything sensible, and este cuento se ha acabado simply means "this story has finished".

This evening, though, my brain wasn't working too well and I finished with "este cuento ... um, ha terminado" It's another way to say it has finished.

Laniña looked at me with wide eyes, laughed and said "Noooooo!! ¡Se ha acabado!"

Great. Corrected by a four-year old! Well, she has heard the phrase about 600 times, so it's nice to know that at least it has sunk in!

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