Posts Tagged ‘multilingual education’

Whether you want to buy, sell or trade something you can always make a deal at La Pulga!  La Pulga is simply a Flea Market but in Texas it feels like a little Mercado in Mexico!  Other than the great bargains, you can always find some great food! I remember eating some great Fruta con Limon y Chile, Churritos con salsa, Raspas and some awesome Coctel de Camaron!  It’s a place where you can buy an Agua Fresca, some produce, an outfit, a new pet and get your Windshield replaced at the same time?  It’s definitely a cultural thing and we love it!  If you’ve ever wondered how people can afford Louis Vuitton Bags, Gucci Sunglasses and Crocodile Shoes wonder no more, Pulga’s make it possible. Also if you’ve ever left a piece of furniture on the curb, chances are it was sold at La Pulga!  So if you ever want to get a little taste of Mexico, we’ll see you there!!

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Growing up Bilingual in America you learn a lot of crazy words and phrases.  You hear both English and Spanish words butchered all of the time.  You need to know a bit of both to make sense of it all, and even then it’s tough.  Like when my cousin told me, “man, ando bien llanta”.  I was like, “what the heck is that?”  He said, “I’m tired”.  Or when my buddy Armando told me about this great sandwich place called Choloski.  I’d never heard of it, so when he told me where it was I realized he was talking about Schlotzky’s!  I also remember my parents taking us to a nice park with a little Creek where we would spend hours swimming.  The name of that place was “El Pee Pan”, or so I thought.  I always wondered why people called it that but just assumed that it was just because a bunch of kids probably pee’d there.  When I finally drove by there as an adult I saw a sign out front that read “The Pig Pen”, it finally clicked! This is a very small example of what we grow up hearing and as you can imagine it can be very entertaining!

Some of my other favorite words/phrases include Humenteer parties (Home Interior Parties), Feeling Sams (Ceiling Fans), Murmir(Dormir), Chootio (Shoot/Tiro)

Oh and my Chicano/Gringo Friends if it’s hot outside and you want to express how uncomfortable you are please don’t say, “estoy bien caliente”, just a piece of friendly advice.  That’s not what that means 🙂

I grew up in the West Texas Town of Abilene. There weren’t very many Latinos where I grew up so speaking Spanish wasn’t too hip. I remember that some of the kids would tease us because we spoke Spanish. Even some Latino kids that didn’t speak Spanish would make fun of us. They actually made us ashamed of knowing a second language. I remember that I didn’t want my mom to come to some school functions because I didn’t want people to know that she didn’t speak English well. It’s crazy that people who grew up in that Era decided to stop speaking Spanish altogether and now pass that down to their children because they’re afraid to be teased. We are in a New Era now, I’m sure there are kids that will always tease but more people are embracing a multilingual education.