These clips are all from Phenomenon
George, the owner of a
service station in a rural California town, is established as a
person trying to learn Spanish, but not doing too well at it. Other
characters are either native speakers, or non-native speakers who
constantly translate for him.
Macho Bueno. George
continues to display his inept command of Spanish by referring to
something as 'macho bueno' (instead of muy bueno ) to his friend
It's George's 37th birthday
and he's out in the street toasting the sky, when a blast of light
comes down and bowls him over. He picks himself up and goes back into the
tavern, but nobody else heard or saw the blast. But George then suddenly
makes a chess move that 'checkmates' his partner, the doctor, which
he's never done before.
George explains that he's
essentially insomniac after the blast, so he spends all his time
doing crossword puzzles, reading, and learning all kinds of stuff.
A psychologist comes to
test George's intelligence, since he's been demonstrating strange
capabilities. George aces the tests and totally discombobulates the
George suddenly speaks Spanish fluently,
much to the shock of his co-workers, who previously had to prompt him
and correct him constantly.
- George is called to the scene of an accident, and asked to
learn Portuguese on the way. He
speaks to an old man who speaks only Portuguese, whose grandson is lost
somewhere. George helps find the boy. When asked if he learned
Portuguese in twenty minutes, George replies ``Not all of it."
- George's African-American friend
needs a housekeeper and cook and
when a Portuguese-speaking woman comes to apply for the job, the Friend
tries to speak the Portuguese words George has taught him, to comic effect,
since George has taught him to say `You're beautiful' and other cute
What are we to learn from this? That a blast of energy that suddenly makes George very smart
a brain tumor) allows him to do many spectacular mental feats, including learning languages,
in no time flat!
Moral of the story is: language learning is hard but if you're a genius, or even have
a brain disorder, no prob!