Study Guide

Speak Chapter 5

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Chapter 5


  • In Spanish class, the Spanish teacher is desperately trying to teach Spanish without using any English. She tries to act out the sentences she's teaching the class.
  • The students respond by guessing the most ridiculous things they can think of.
  • At one point, she writes a sentence on the board in Spanish. In English it translates to "I'm surprised how tired I am today."
  • The students spend the rest of the period trying to translate it. They come up with "To exhaust the day to surprise" (5.3).