Thursday, May 17, 2007

Green Grapes vs. Brown Grapes

A story about speaking Spanish:

Everyone knows green grapes are better than brown grapes, even white girls who shop in the open-air market in Bolivia. I asked for a bunch of grapes, and the woman filled my bag with a few plump, green ones, but mostly brown, mushy ones. My friend Jenna looked at me and whispered ¨can you believe what she´s doing?¨

I refused to be mistaken for an oblivious English-speaker, so I confidently (and politely) asked her in Spanish to replace the brown ones with the green ones. She consented. I thanked her. We went on our way and enjoyed green grapes.

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