Latin Countries Are Not the Same
By Flor Torres
Many of us in Blair speak Spanish as our original
language. Maybe some people who speak Spanish have the same traditions, music,
and vocabulary. But really, Spanish-speaking countries have many differences from
One difference is the favorite sport for the countries.
In El Salvador for example the most popular sport is soccer. It is important in
some other countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica. But soccer is not
the most important sport in every country. In Nicaragua the first is baseball.
It’s the same in the Dominican Republic because baseball is their best sport.
Food is very different in Central American and South
American countries, too. “In our countries we grow the same food, but we
have many ways to cook it,” said Brenda Cruz For example in the Dominican
Republic the way they cook plantains is they boil it. But in El Salvador it is
common to fry plantains.
Another difference is that we use different words
for the same thing. For example in the Dominican Republic “guagua”
is the word for “bus.” But in El Salvador they call a bus “un
bus.” Another example is “funda,” the word for “bag”
in the Dominican Republic. But in El Salvador the word for “bag” is
How the countries enforce the laws is different.
According to Maria Rodriguez who is from Colombia, it is difficult to get a license
to drive a car in Colombia. Also if the police stop you without a license, you’ll
have a big problem. But in El Salvador it’s not hard to get a license. Also
it’s not a problem to drive without a license. If the police stop you, just
pay some money, like $20, and then you can go.
There are many more things that are different in
Spanish-speaking countries like traditions, holidays, and music. But now you know
some of the things that are different.
© Copyright Silver International Newspaper, Montgomery Blair H.S. 2003
(This page was created by Yudi Rodriguez
and Julmira Ie)