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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hello and welcome to Culture Class: Mexican Superstitions and Beliefs, Lesson 4 - Nightmares and Red Bracelets. I'm Eric and I'm joined by Alex.
Alex: Hola! Hi, I'm Alex.
THE TWO SUPERSTITIONS
Eric: In this lesson we’ll talk about two common superstitions in Mexico. The first superstition is about bad luck. What is the superstition called in Mexican Spanish?
Alex: contarle una pesadilla a alguien
Eric: Which literally means "sharing a nightmare." Alex, can you repeat the Mexican Spanish phrase again?
Alex: [slow] contarle una pesadilla a alguien [normal] contarle una pesadilla a alguien
Eric: In Mexico, it's believed that if you have a nightmare you should describe the dream to someone.
Alex: If you don’t, it might come true.
Eric: This superstition was probably created because nightmares are believed to be created by evil spirits.
Alex: Have you had any bad dreams recently?
Eric: I had a dream recently that all of my teeth fell out.
Alex: Well, now that you’ve told me, it won’t come true!
Eric: The second superstition is about good luck. What is the superstition called in Mexican Spanish?
Alex: pulsera roja
Eric: Which literally means "red bracelet." Let’s hear it in Mexican Spanish again.
Alex: [slow] pulsera roja [normal] pulsera roja
Eric: Alex, did you have a red bracelet when you were young?
Alex: My brother did. He was very sick as a baby, so my mom got one for him.
Eric: In Mexico, it's believed that a red bracelet will protect your newborn baby from black magic or the "evil eye."
Alex: It's probably because babies under the age of 1 can easily get sick.
Eric: Since people used to believe that sickness was caused by black magic, they came up with extra, magical precautions for babies.
Alex: And so a red bracelet will keep a baby healthy.

Outro

Eric: There you have it - two Mexican superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Alex: Hasta pronto!

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