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Mask of Zorro, The - No Habla Español
About half way through the movie, there is a scene where Elena is wandering through a marketplace, and her nurse from when she was a baby gives her a shawl. We are suspending belief here already, assuming that these are all spanish speaking people, including Elena ... so why does Elena need the girl to translate what the old woman is saying to her in spanish? For our benefit? This scene is just plain silly.
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John on 05-04-2000
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Asthore writes:
This one's easy, at least to a Spanish speaker. It's not a slipup because the woman isn't speaking Spanish. She's speaking one of the native dialects, I believe náhuatl.
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Daffodil writes:
they're right, she was probably speaking her native dialect, but the nanny should have spoken to her in English, since she said at the beginning to Zorro, "I always put on an extra blanket for you." in english. Alana would not have been able to understand the language the woman DID speak, but the woman clearly already knew English, and would have understood what Alana was saying, and should have known to use the same language in return.
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movieman writes:
Living with her ENGLISH father? They lived in Spain, her actual father was Spanish, they lived in a California which was controlled by Spain. So where do you get either one of her fathers being English? Movies are a land which everyone on Earth speaks English. Elena was raised speaking Spanish, and the maid was speaking to her in her own indian language.
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Alli writes:
She was speaking her native language, and Elena didn't know it, because I am guessing in the movie she would only know Spanish, from living in Spain her whole life, and English.
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Dummy writes:
Well I think that the woman is speaking spanish but remember Elena got taken when she was a baby and grew up with an English father so she learned how to speak English instead of Spanish.
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