Top 10 videos: How not to speak Spanish

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Top 10 videos: How not to speak Spanish
Say qué? David Beckham and Jennifer Aniston are just two of the Spanish speakers you might not want to emulate. Photo: John Lamparski/Jag Gundi/Getty Images North America/AFP

Learning Spanish is difficult enough at the best of times, but these ten videos will only make it that much harder. Read on to see how badly foreigners can mangle the language of Cervantes.


Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: these are just some of the native English speakers who can speak more than passable Spanish.

But at the other end of the scale, there are plenty of bad examples you could follow. 

Whether it's the character of Basil Fawlty in the classic British Sitcom Fawlty Towers, or the singer Stevie Wonder doing an advertisement for Spain's traffic authorities, there are millions of ways you can go wrong.

Others in this list will surprise you with their skills, or feigned skills, but the results are always hilarious.  

Read on to see The Local's gallery of Spanish video lessons not to follow.

Oh, and hasta la vista, baby!


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