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Wednesday, May 13, 2009 • Posted May 13, 2009

Esmeralda who?

Obviously Spanish is my second language.

Esmeralda is Spanish for emerald.

Got that right.

But it ain’t the right name for the plant with yellow flowers.

That would be Esperanza.

Well, they both start with an E.

And then an s.

Esmeralda Esperanza.

What a pretty name.

Muy bonita.

Except the similarities stop there.

Esmeralda is emerald.

Esperanza means “hope” or “expectation.”

So maybe there’s hope for my Spanish.

Best not have any expectation.

The plant does bloom all yellow hopeful.

Right through the heat of summer too.

Spanish and English get tossed together all the time.

Like a mixed green salad.

What a fiesta!

Take a siesta.

Breakfast taco.

Sangria.

Margarita.

Tequila.

All in the English dictionary.

Just ask trusty Webster.

Cigar.

Salsa.

Chiles rellenos.

Chili con carne.

Frijoles.

Enchilada.

Tamales.

Tortilla: “a thin, flat, round cake of unleavened cornmeal, now sometimes of flour, baked on a griddle or, originally, a flat stone.”

Arroyo.

Bronco.

Arroz con pollo.

Tobacco.

Tabasco.

Llama.

Llano.

Loco.

Lunch.

As in Zavala’s.

Or Santos Taqueria.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, author, and real estate broker on the square.

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