I don’t speak Spanish, but on a recent trip to Mexico my wife and I tried to learn some basic words and phrases to get around. When helpful shop owners would approach us I wanted to be able to let them know that we were just browsing. Google translate provided “solo estamos mirando,” as the translation for “we’re only looking.” I’ve always disliked (and not been very good at) brute force repetition as a memorizing technique, so I applied a visual association method. I imagined the actor John Stamos free soloing El Capitan (a la Alex Honnold) when a policeman stops him to read him his Miranda rights. Solo estamos mirando!
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