Our family speaks very little Spanish. Really very little. We’re excited by our immersion in the Chilean Spanish language spoken by a sea of six million Santiaguinos among whom we now live. Even within the home, we’re having to adjust to frequent Spanish language interactions. Daily chores like dishwashing, cooking, cleaning, and laundry are slowed by the fact that every appliance interface and set of instructions are in Spanish.
While the appliances mostly function in the same way as the ones to which we’re accustomed, there are nuances to consider and warnings to heed. In some cases, our misuse of a household appliance could lead to dangerous or damaging consequences, and so we’re deliberate in ensuring that we’re learning to use the appliances safely.
Here are some pictures of other appliances. Just similar enough to what we’re used to that we intuitively know how they will work, but we spend time figuring out where to set dials and to avoid unexpected hazards. I still haven’t figured out where to stick the match to light el horno (the oven). I’ll figure it out soon.