Conversations at Casa López – Part 8

Here we go – my family’s most recent “bilingual moments” and funny conversations. (Be sure to share your recent funny conversations in comments!)

Tracy: Police officers in England don’t use firearms and you never hear about mass murders there, do you?

Carlos: What about Jack the Stripper?

Tracy: [picks up a ghost-shaped Halloween cookie] Booooooooo!

Carlos: [picks up a pumpkin-shaped cookie] Booooooo!

Tracy: Um, no.

Tracy: He wants K.D.’s for his birthday.

Carlos: What?

Tracy: K.D.’s, it’s a type of fancy Nike shoe named after the basketball player Kevin Durant.

Carlos: Kevin Duran? Is he Latino?

Carlos: I have sarpullido.

Tracy: What’s that?

Carlos: That’s how you call rash in El Salvador – sarpullido.

Tracy: Oh, that’s so cute. Sapollido because when a person is rashy they get bumpy like a sapo!

“You’re lucky I’m phone-lingual.”

– My 17 year old son [who owns an iPhone] after I asked him to figure out something on my Android


  1. Jaja! I love these. It reminds me of when my husband and I were first dating and he asked me to do something and I said ” no way Jose” and he said “who’s Jose?!” 😂😂😂

  2. I love these. Nothing like being bilingual/bicultural to understand the nuances of language and meaning.
    I still laugh when I think of your “passing the vacuum” comment!

  3. Those are great!! You’ve inspired me to keep a little journal of all the funny bilingual/bicultural things that come up in our home too (my husband is also from E.S.) :) two of my favorites: “Shooterio” – he thought that’s how you said a shooting.
    And this conversation from a time we went to the zoo: We were walking to the zoo entrance and my husband asked, “They sell pupusas here, right?” I informed him that no, they didn’t. He seemed shocked and asked, “Why not?” I laughed, “Because we’re not in El Salvador, baby.” His dismay was apparent, and I heard him mutter, “Entonces no es un zoo.”

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