Today I was encouraging Lorena, one of my Monday-Wednesday students, to speak so I told her to give me the highlights of her weekend, using the simple past, of course. After telling me that her husband and she ate sushi one day, she proceeded to tell me how the next evening the whole family went out and ate bunny.
--Wait, I said, you ate bunny?
--Yes, and it was delicious.
--You ate little baby bunnies?
--What is this barbaric?
--Cruel. Cave-man. Indecent.
--So you really ate little bunnies? I asked, half-laughing, half-horrified.
--Are you sure you don't mean rabbit.
--Yeah, rabbit. Conejo. Rabbit.
--Oh, yes that's what ate. Rabbit.
--Well, at least you didn't eat the babies.
--Still, didn't you feel like they were saying: ¡No me matés por favor!
This is where she got a little defensive. --No, acá es así. That's how we do it here in Buenos Aires.
--Savages. You guys are savages, I said in English. And then I quickly changed the subject.