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(Editor's note: ESL teacher and Easy English Times editorial board member Mimi Pollack sent the following introduction to her students' writing. "The students wrote short paragraphs on some of the differences between their country and San Diego/USA." Mimi's class is part of San Diego Continuing Education- CE Mesa.)

Differences...
Quinceañeras

by Emma Perez, Mexico

In California there are people from all over the world who have come to live in the United States. Adapting to a new culture can be hard for some people and easy for others. I have noticed that there are some differences between my country and this country.

In my country, we celebrate Quinceañeras. This is to celebrate when a girl turns 15. Mexicans celebrate it in the USA, too. Next, when we celebrate a birthday, it is a big party, with many people. Americans just have small parties with only 5 or 10 friends.

Another difference is the food. In Guadalajara, the food is usually spicy. We eat tortillas, but here they eat bread. A final important difference is the language. Spanish and English idioms are very different.