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Bilingual Education: The Spanish Lesson I Never Got at School

Illustration by Edward Ubiera

This is a beautiful essay about growing up in LA as the child of Guatemalan immigrants.  

"In the deepest reaches of my brain, there is a boy who speaks Spanish.

He calls his mother and father “Mamá” and “Papá.” One of his favorite expressions is “qué lindo” (how nice, or how sweet). He’s proud of the Mexican slang he’s learned: for instance, “no hay pedo,” which means “no problem,” though its literal translation is “there is no fart.”

California nearly killed that boy."  Read More