Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Today's English lesson

My neighbor is in his second quarter of English in his first year of Secondaria.  He had some in Primary but from what I saw it was not worth counting.   He was given this paragraph in English and was to translate it to Spanish.  I thought it could have been somewhat easier without the "science" but that's his assignment.   He thinks he can tell the teacher he did it on his own but don't think that will fly.   I suggested he say he used Google because at his level I don't think he could do it in a week on his own.    I used Google because my translation  would have been only close.  Bad might be better than good in this case.   He also has to read the English aloud.    We'll see

Small Intestine

The small intestine is a long, thin tube about 1 inch in diameter and about 10 feet long that is part of the lower gastrointestinal tract. It is located just inferior to the stomach and takes up most of the space in the abdominal cavity. The entire small intestine is coiled up like a hose and the inside surface is full of many ridges and folds. The folds are used to maximize the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. By the time the food leaves the small intestine, around 90% of all nutrients have been extracted from the food that entered it.

Intestino delgado

El intestino delgado es un tubo largo y delgado de aproximadamente 1 pulgada de diámetro y aproximadamente 10 pies de largo que es parte del tracto gastrointestinal inferior. Se encuentra inmediatamente por debajo del estómago y ocupa la mayor parte del espacio en la cavidad abdominal. El intestino delgado se enrolla como una manguera y la superficie interior está lleno de crestas muchos y pliegues. Los pliegues se usan para maximizar la digestión de los alimentos y la absorción de nutrientes. En el momento en que el alimento sale del intestino delgado, alrededor de 90% de todos los nutrientes se han extraído de la comida que ha entrado.

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