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LARRY TORRES

Growing Up Spanglish

Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:55 pm | Updated: 10:37 pm, Sun May 18, 2014.

Era ya el last day of school, y todos los students estaban packing away sus libros. As they empacaban their books, la teacher taught them una cancionita to sing mientras que hacían work: “En el air there is un voice; en el breeze su tone comes clear and it is un call we gladly shall obey. Nos hace our hearts rejoice porqu’l voice we love to hear es vacation llamándonos de school away. Tra-la-la, viene vacation. Pack your book para otra vez. Goodbye books; we’re tired of you. No more lessons para do. Tra-la-la vacation comes hooray, olé.”

Esta canción was just un poco diferente de la canción que Grama Cuca had taught Canutito que she had learned cuando ella estaba in school: “¡Qué bueno, qué bueno que se acabe la escuela! ¡Qué bueno, qué bueno, ahora si puedo jugar! Me fui a la escuela y me puse a jugar. Se’nojó la mestra y también el principal.”

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