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From "An Island Like You: Stories from the Barrio"
by Judith Ortiz Cofer


Asi es la vida = That’s the way life is.

Mira! = Look!

Con permiso. = Pardon me.

¿Bailamos, señorita? = Shall we dance, miss?

basura = trash "Ay bendito."    "Perono."

Tu sabes homo. = You know who.