"Parler français comme une vache espagnole"
literally means "to speak French
like a Spanish cow." Less literally
, it means to speak French poorly. While Spanish cows probably don't speak French too well, it seems a little cruel
to pick on them for their lack of linguistic
ability; surely American
cows are much worse. In fact, the phrase is an example of evolved nonsense
-- several French websites pointed to its origins in the phrase "parler français comme un basque l'espagnol."
(In English, "to speak French like a Basque
More fun French cow phrases found at http://www.lavache.com/infos/proverb/proverb.htm.