¡Muchas gracias, Time Warner Cable! How did you know I am studying Spanish?

Today I received yet another envelope from Time Warner Cable addressed to “Peter Carroll or Current Resident,” which was seconds from being thrown in the trash can when I decided to open it. This is what was inside:

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I was surprised to receive the advertisement in Spanish. I don’t think the neighborhood I live in has a high concentration of Hispanic people, though I could be wrong about that. All my previous dealing with TWC has been in English. Still, it was nice to read it before I threw it away, and realize I understood most of it without any trouble. I did have to look up sorteo though, which looks odd to me the way it was conjugated, but I’m no expert.

Has anyone else ever received mail in an unexpected language? Talk about it in the comments!

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12 Comment(s)

  1. I take it you didn’t receive an English advertisement as well? Maybe they were really targeting unknown “current residents”

    thomas | Dec 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. This is so weird. I mean, English is the only official language in the US, but I read all over the internet that more and more things are in Spanish instead. Am I correct if I say you don’t even need to speak English anymore in the US, that Spanish is enough?

    Really freaks me out.

    Ramses | Dec 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. @Ramses: There is a large Spanish-speaking population in the USA, especially in the states bordering Mexico. Naturally businesses want to make money from as many people as possible, so Spanish advertising gets out there.

    Spanish is bigger than ever, but I definitely think that not knowing English gives you a huge disadvantage in America.

    thomas | Dec 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. @Ramses: Technically, the US has no official language. (See http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estados_Unidos#Idiomas ) But thomas is right: Spanish is bigger now than ever, especially in the southwestern states, but you would be at a disadvantage without English. There are definitely neighborhoods you could live in around here and get by with only Spanish. But even with schools, government, and businesses trying to be more accommodating to Spanish speakers, it’s not 100% and English is a necessity if you want a job that pays more than minimum wage.

    Peter | Dec 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. @thomas: No, there was no separate English ad. You may notice that there is English written in small letters underneath some of the Spanish text.

    Peter | Dec 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. I have lived in San Diego for eight years, literally minutes from the border, and I can say that I have never once been in a situation where I needed to speak Spanish. There certainly are many Spanish speakers here, but English is absolutely the dominant language, at least for now.

    Btw, this is my first comment, just want to ssay I love your blog!

    Matt | Dec 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. I have lived in San Diego for eight years, literally minutes from the border, and I can say that I have never once been in a situation where I needed to speak Spanish. There certainly are many Spanish speakers here, but English is absolutely the dominant language, at least for now.

    Btw, this is my first comment, just want to say I love your blog!

    Matt | Dec 17, 2009 | Reply

  8. Thanks, Matt, and welcome! I used to live in San Diego as well and that was my experience there too.

    Peter | Dec 18, 2009 | Reply

  9. “Sorteo” is a noun here, so it’s not conjugated. As a noun, it means “raffle” or “prize draw”

    Inaki | Dec 18, 2009 | Reply

  10. @Inaki: Yes, somehow I missed the noun entry in my dictionary and only saw the verb “sortear.” Thanks!

    Peter | Dec 19, 2009 | Reply

  11. When I lived in Taiwan and used to call my parents every week, AT&T began sending my parents letters in Chinese. They had obviously noticed that my parents were calling/being called from a Chinese-speaking country.

    I wonder if Time-Warner has noticed that you watch a lot of Spanish-language TV?

    Great blog, by the way.

    Charles | Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

  12. @Charles: The funny thing is, I don’t have cable service through them, only internet service.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Peter | Jan 3, 2010 | Reply

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