So, a while back, I went on a picnic at the zoo with a few friends.
We were sitting at the picnic table just chatting, and I noticed the Hispanic family that was next to us. They were clearly having a good time, running around, playing, joking, and just loving each other like a family should.
Then they all got together to take a picture. The mother and the children posed together, and the father had the camera. Right before he snapped the picture, he told his family to say "queso."
At first I sort of laughed to myself thinking it was a funny joke. But then I realized none of them were laughing. They just said "queso" and took the picture.
It was crazy to think that this family actually thought that was the thing to do before you took a picture.
They just translated an American custom directly into their native language without questioning why we say "cheese."
2 years ago