In this video, he seems to be fluent in Spanish, but he’s also very…southern, southern American. (Ford Quarterman via Youtube)
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PEY-ROO – Being fluent in a second (or third or fourth) language is always an impressive achievement and an amazing skill to have.
Unfortunately, not all of us have the right opportunity or the right gift of language to become fluent. And even if you can speak another language fluently, there is the second hurdle of sounding like a native speaker.
Then there’s YouTuber Ford Quarterman, who makes a second language his own way.
In this video, he seems to be fluent in Spanish, but he’s also very…southern, southern American. It’s a fact he certainly doesn’t try to hide or change as they rock his specific brand of Spanish that he calls “Gringo Redneck Spanish.” He gives us a “scientific” tour of a lake in Peru, which he calls the “Gatorade Laguna,” claiming it’s where Gatorade’s Electric Blue flavor comes from. (How much of an “electric” taste is, we may never know. But I digress.)
His accented Spanish is as charming as it is hilarious.
If you’re getting a little hot under the collar, thinking I’m making fun of a man doing his best to speak a foreign language, there’s one more thing to tell you: he started it. It turns out to be very funny because it is a practiced piece that he does for the entertainment of the masses. Because sometimes exaggerating stereotypes about yourself is fun.
In real life, Quarterman describes himself as “a gringo who is in love with Latin America.” With that love, he drove from the states to Argentina and back to Mexico to settle down and live his dream. You can hear him speaking Spanish without the deep South American accent in this video, where he describes why he chose Mexico as the place he wants to live and be.
As Quarterman would say, “Adios, mis amigers!”