How you say broke in Spanish? Me no hablo
Umm, I think it’s no tengo dinero…
In Ye’s defense, “broke in Spanish” does sound like “broken Spanish”—perhaps this is a double entendre?
A play on the term money talks—if you’re broke, you don’t speak Kanye’s language (no hablo is I don’t speak in Spanish). Broke isn’t in Ye’s vocabulary, in any language.
Kanye is most likely primarily using “me no hablo” to be a purposefully incorrect use of Spanish grammar to say that he doesn’t speak Spanish, and consequently does not know how to say “broke” in Spanish (incidentally, “sin dinero,” literally meaning “without money,” is one correct way to say “broke” in Spanish). This is most likely the case since when the words “no hablo” are used by non-Spanish speakers it almost always is being used to say “yo no hablo español” (meaning “I don’t speak Spanish”). Kanye uses the incorrect Spanish grammar to underline the fact that he doesn’t know Spanish (not only does he not know Spanish in general, he doesn’t even know how to correctly say “I don’t know how to speak Spanish” in Spanish).
Broke in Spanish sounds like “Broken spanish”, hence the broken Spanish that follows!
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