Bloomberg Touts His Spanish Skills, Honed Over 3 Terms

NEW YORK -

Spoken in a flat tone, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Spanish skills has been more food for parodies and comedies, but New York City’s outgoing mayor has a message for those who mock his second tongue: “Get a life.”

Asked on his weekly radio show Friday about his feelings on leaving City Hall, Bloomberg told host John Gambling that he “always looked forward to tomorrow — I never look back,” Politicker reported.

“I know my Spanish is going to be better, and my golf swing is going to be better,” he added.

Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of the business media company that bears his name, began studying Spanish shortly before he entered politics more than a decade ago. He now regularly summarizes his press conferences in the language spoken by about 28 percent of the city’s population, and even conducted several interviews in Spanish.

However, while Bloomberg’s fluency has improved greatly over the years, his accent, flat-toned delivery and mispronunciations have provided a lighter side to City Hall politics.