Sunday, October 17, 2010
Yesterday, the neighborhood kids came over while we were outside for a few minutes. I said something in Spanish, and one of them asked Emilia if she speaks Spanish. She said, "Yes."
"So say something," the girl replied. Emilia, being shy, refused in silence. I said, "Emilia, nada mas dile 'no te quiero decir nada' o 'tu no sabes español.' " ("Emilia, just tell them, 'I don't want to say anything,' or 'You don't know Spanish.'") She laughed, and decided that was a good reply.
At work, Julio said some people will ask him for some good curse words in Spanish. He tells them things like "chispas" or "zanahorias" (sparks and carrots). They think they've learned a great curse word, and no one is the wiser.