And this is one of those videos we don’t know we’re supposed to laugh or cry with.
This is part of a very famous tv show in Spain: famous pleople are told to play Chinese Whispers but in languages they can’t speak. They did it in German a while ago, and now, in Euskara. You know how the game goes: the first man of the line is supposedly Basque and says a sentence in Euskara that the last one, also supposedly Basque, must guess after it being repeated by the other non-Basque people.
First off, the ignorance level is incredible: they constantly call the tall guy CHabi when it’s pronounced SHabi. They can say Dostoyevsky but can’t pronounce the name Xabi correctly.
Also, the first man states he comes from Etxarri Aranatz and they say: “egun on!” (good morning). It’s clearly a nonsense, but even a bigger one if we tell you this tv show is live and starts at 21:45h. The man nodding and repeating “egun on” makes us think he can’t actually speak Euskara. That, and the fact that he (wrongly) corrects himself when translating “udaberria” (spring) as “the first one”. We guess it was in fact a script mistake, but he didn’t correct it.
The second Basque man, supposedly from Ermua, translates “hauxe” (”this right here”) as “walk” and “go away”. EGA level for sure.
So they’re playing Chinese Whispers in Euskara and none can speak it. Laughing at their ignorance about a region they say that belongs to their own country is a thing now.