I'm from Mexico City and lived in the U.S. for a total of more than 24 years. Now I'm back in Mexico. I realized I was seeing my country through the eyes of a native stranger. This is an attempt to process the differences, to explain Mexico to the U.S. and the U.S. to Mexico. With digressions along the way.

jueves, junio 30, 2005

Another Intra-trans-language-confusion

Another difference between Mexican Spanish and Spanish Spanish that I noticed. In Spain, if you say "voy a dar clase" (literally "I'm going to go give a class") it can mean EITHER take a class or teach a class. In Mexico when we say "dar clase" it means only to teach it. "Tomar clase" is to take a class.

For a while there I thought Madrid must have the highest teacher to student ratio in the world!