Math in Spanish
Just a few weeks ago, I had an
interesting conversation on the phone with my husband. He had called
me one morning as I was getting to school. I wasn't expecting the
topic to be math; we rarely even make mention of it but since he uses
sometimes in his work, it wasn't so surprising. The conversation
went something like this:
la fórmula para un
al cuadrado más b al
cuadrado igual a c al cuadrado?
Si. Ya tengo el lado más
largo es 5 y uno de los otros lados es 3. ¿De
cuánto tiene que ser el
I did the math in my head in English
and Spanish, double checking myself. Then realizing the number he
was looking for, 4, I told him back in Spanish.
Cuatro. Tres al cuadrado más cuatro al cuadrado iguala a cinco al cuadrado.
16 iguala a 25.
I'm not that good at doing math in my
head in any language and I had never done any in Spanish. But I got
him the answer and felt satisfied that I used Spanish for something
other than the usual conversations that I have day to day. I'm just
glad that the numbers involved in this problem were not fractions or
decimals. In that case I wouldn't have been able to solve it so