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Mira mi Camaron!

I wish I would have known

by Camille Hanson

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English

I wish I would have known

Language learning is always an adventure, especially learning the slang words. When learning Spanish in Mexico, I learned some slang a little too late. It was late one evening and I was out with my American friends who were also learning Spanish.

A guy approached our table selling us little shrimp keychains made of cord and beads. My friend Ryan felt bad, because it seemed to be the man’s only job, and so he overpaid the guy for one of these keychains.

In our taxi on the way home, I got the hilarious idea to show our keychain out the window to anyone we passed by. So Ryan was showing the keychain, and of course, I wanted to too. So I shouted out the window, “Look at my shrimp, do you like the colors?”, laughing thinking it was hilarious. People looked and laughed, so I thought they thought it was funny too.

The next day, I was telling the story to my Mexican co-workers at the local cafe, where I volunteered. They were like, “Camille, do you know what shrimp is slang for?” Of course I didn’t. “Penis,” they told me.

My cheeks instantly burned 5 shades of deep red. I was so embarrassed. I had been telling all the lovely Mexicans to look at the beautiful colors of my penis. Sometimes, we learn the hard way, but at least I can laugh about it now.

Keywords

Slang words off the street used particularly to a certain region or city.

Keychain a small chain for holding keys.

Português

Eu gostaria de ter sabido

Aprender um idioma é sempre uma aventura, especialmente aprender as gírias. Ao aprender espanhol no México, aprendi algumas gírias tarde demais. Era tarde da noite e eu estava com meus amigos americanos que também estavam aprendendo espanhol.

Um cara aproximou de nossa mesa vendendo chaveiro de camarão feitos de cordão e miçangas. Meu amigo Ryan se sentiu mal, porque parecia ser o único trabalho do homem, então ele pagou a mais por um desses chaveiros.

Em nosso táxi, a caminho de casa, tive a hilária ideia de mostrar nosso chaveiro pela janela para qualquer pessoa por quem passássemos. Então Ryan estava mostrando o chaveiro e, claro, eu também queria. Aí gritei pela janela: “Olha o meu camarão, gostou das cores?”, rindo achando que era hilariante. As pessoas olhavam e riam, então achei que elas também achavam engraçado.

No dia seguinte, eu estava contando a história para meus colegas de trabalho mexicanos no café local, onde me ofereci. Eles disseram: “Camille, você sabe para que serve uma gíria para camarão?” Claro que não. “Pênis”, eles me disseram.

Minhas bochechas instantaneamente queimaram 5 tons de vermelho profundo. Eu estava tão envergonhada. Eu disse a todos os adoráveis mexicanos para olharem as belas cores do meu “pênis”. Às vezes, aprendemos da maneira mais difícil, mas pelo menos posso rir disso agora.

Keywords

Slang words palavras de rua usadas principalmente para uma determinada região ou cidade.

Keychain uma pequena corrente para guardar as chaves.

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