Comprende?

During one of our many hot chocolate breaks, we shared a table with a father and his young son who were enjoying the fresh snow. Emily, the most fluent Spanish speaker of our group, spoke to them about where they were from (Buenos Aires), why they were there (family vacation, the wife had just had another baby), how long they would stay (a week) and their recent trip to Disney World. The rest of us continued our conversation, in English. The young boy, Paco, looked from the three of us speaking in English, laughing, back to Emily and his father talking, then to Emily, talking to us in English. After several minutes of this, he turned to his father. In Spanish, he asked, “How come I only understand when she (pointing to Emily) speaks?”

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