234. My Friend Diego
Alex was shopping at the local market yesterday
to find some fresh vegetables for his dinner
night. The market is in the neighborhood, and
is not one of the giant, national, big-name
. It is a small store with only a
locations around Los Angeles. Alex likes these types
markets so much better than the super stores
there are real people running them.
guy that runs the fruits and vegetables section
the market. His name is Diego, who was
in Tijuana, Mexico, about 120 miles from Los
. Diego always lets Alex know what is a
buy at the market. "Hola Diego," Alex said
Spanish. "Hey Alex, how are you," he answered
English. This happens every time Alex talks to
. Alex speaks to him in Spanish, and Diego
Spanish is spoken a lot around
.A. The city has the largest population of Mexicans
in the world, except Mexico City. Alex likes
show Diego how much Spanish he knows, and
also wanted Alex to know how much English
knows. It's so funny to hear a conversation
this. They sometimes get strange looks from people.
, Diego got some beautiful oranges. They were big
plump, and were at the right price, too. "
are great, Alex. You will like them very
," said Diego. Alex responded with "Muy bueno, Diego,"
means "Very good, Diego." He also told Alex
some tasty cucumbers they had today, and Alex
up buying a few of those too. When
left, he said, "Buenas tardes, Diego," which is
Mexican farewell phrase, and Diego said, "See you
, my friend."