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Spanish to English Translations for Borderlands/ La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua, Fourth Edition, Chapter 2: Movimientos de rebildia y las culturas que traicionan

I put this together to help some of my AP Lang students read Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua.  I am not a native Spanish speaker and would LOVE some comments or assistance with the translations!

These are only translations for words or phrases for which Anzaldua has not included English translations.  Many times, she will write the English directly following the Spanish.  It also does not include translations of Nahuatl (Aztec) words.

Chapter 2 – Movimientos de rebildia y las culturas que traicionan

In this chapter, Anzaldua talks about how the image and role of women has evolved from ancestral times to the present.

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Esos movimientos de rebeldia que tenemos en la sangre nostros los mexicanos surgen como rios desbocanados en mis venas.  Y como mi raza que cada en cuando deja caer esa esclavitud de obedecer, de callarse y aceptar, en mi esta la rebeldia encimita de mi carne.  Debajo de mi humillada mirada esta una cara insolente lista para explorar.  Me costo muy caro mi rebeldia- acalambrada con desvelos y dudas, sintiendome inutilm estupida, e impotente.  

Those movements of rebellion that we have in our blood, Mexicans, arise like runaway rivers in my veins. And every time my race drops that bondage to obey, to shut up and accept, the rebellion encimitates in my flesh. Beneath my humiliated gaze is an insolent face ready to explore. I pay with care for my rebelliousness – cramped with sleeplessness and doubts, feeling useless, stupid, and impotent.

Me entra una rabia cuando alguien- sea mi mama, la Iglesia, la cultura de los anglos- me dice haz esto, haz eso sin considerar mis deseos.  

I get angry when someone- be it my mom, the Church, the Anglo culture- tells me to do this, do that without considering my desires.

Repele.  Hable pa’ ‘tras.  Fui muy hocicona.  Era indiferente a muchos valores de me culture.  No me deje de los hombres.  No fui buena ni obediente.  

Disgusting.  I turned up my nose. I was indifferent to many values ​​of my culture.  Do not leave me with the men. I was not good or obedient.

Pero he crecido.  Ya no solo paso toda mi vida botando las costumbres y los valores de mi cultura que me traicionan.  Tambien recojo las costumbres que por el tiempo se han probado y las costumbres de respeto a las mujeres.  But despite my growing tolerance, for this Chicana la querra de independencia is a constant.

But I have grown up. I no longer only spend my whole life throwing away the customs and values ​​of my culture that betray me. I also pick up time- honored customs and the customs of respect for women.   But despite my growing tolerance, for this Chicana the war for independence is a constant.

38- Gane mi camino y me largue.  Muy andariega mi hija – I win my way out.  My daughter is quite the walker.

38- me dicen, “Como te gusta la mala vida?” – I say, “Why would I like that bad life?”

38- Terca– Stubborn.

38- Habia agarrado malos pasos– I had taken bad steps.

38- Estaba mas alla de la tradicion– It was beyond tradition

39- mujer mala– bad woman.

39- “Y cuando te casas, Gloria?  Se te va a pasar el tren.  Y yo les digo, “Pos si me caso, no va ser con un hombre.”  Se quedan calladitas.  Si, soy hija de a la Chingada.  

“And when will you get married, Gloria?  The train is passing you by.  And I tell them, “If I do get married, it won’t be to a man.”  They stay quiet.  Yes, I am the daughter of a Fucked One.

39- No ‘tes chingando– but I am not a fucked one.

39- La gorra, el rebozo, la mantilla– hat, shoulder scarf, head scarf

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