Team Chivas’s Big Day


Yesterday was the official inauguration for team Chivas’s new home, Omnilife Stadium.  Sparkling fireworks lit up the sky, magical theatrics preformed by graceful dancers brought splendor to the ceremony, and with intense  fervor Chivas’s new anthem was introduced to the impassioned, and faithfully present fans. As spectacular as the opening ceremony was, the main event was the game that was to truly christen the field, a  Chivas vs Man U friendly.  Not only was the crowd excited to see a match between two awesome teams, but their favorite star “Chicharito”  in a tour de force was set to play a half on each side.  The first half  he played with Chivas, this was a sign of him paying his respects &  honoring: his former team, his home, his family, his  brothers,  his fans. To his people  he wanted to give a most humble, gracious, and  heartfelt “thank you”.  He played with excitement and dedication as always , but something extra was present, because he got one last chance to run alongside his comrades, on their new majestic field, sweat with them and strive  for the red and white.   This was his last game as a Chiva, this was his goodbye….  And he did not leave without a goal for his beloved Chivas.

In other soccer news, “RAFA MARQUEZ  L EAVES TEAM BARCELONA”. Read about it at the following link :

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/clubfootball/news/newsid=1279826.html#marquez+leave+barcelona


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Learn text Slang in Spanish


Become text message savy in Spanish!  A super fun tidbit of cool pop culture is what I’d like share with you guys today.   Here’s some pointers you guys can use to have fun with Spanish and impress your friends.

HOW TO SAY IT IN  SPANISH TEXT SLANG

HI – The word “Saludos” (meaning ,greetings) is often used online or in texts rather than hola. Here is how you add a slang twist to it :  “Salud2″ = Made up of “salud” and the number two which is pronunced “doh-ohs”  like the ending of the word saludos.

WHY? In Spanish the phrase for why is “por que?” the first word in the phrase “por” is also used in math for mulitplying to mean “times” as in  one times two = uno por dos.  Thus in a text the word “Por” would be subbed by an X. As you may know it’s super fun and common in texts and online slang it’s to mess with words and give them cool, crazy new spellings. The second word in “por que” gets a slang twist like this: either q which starts the word off or K which also makes the same sound as Q are used instead of writing the whole word out, thus u get “X q? or X  k?” you could also use “X que?” all three are acceptable.

SO- SO /SORT OF =  In Spanish we use the expression “mas o menos” literally “more or less” to mean so- so or sort of. You can use “mas o menos” when some one asks you how you are or  how something was. You can use it to mean “more or less” when someone asks if you are familar with something, if you liked something, if something’s easy…etc you get the idea. The text way to write this expression is =  “+O -” an o in Spanish is used for “or”.

THANK YOU = “Gracias” turns into to Grax

I DON’T KNOW –  “No sé”  is how you say “I don’t know”  in Spanish.  In text slang it converts to “No C” the letter c is pronunced “seh” like the conjugation of saber (to know) when you mean to say “I know”.  You can also use “Ya C” meaning  “yea, I  know, or I know that already.”

Really good, truly awesome –  SBLN : These letters stand for “Super Bien La Neta”, which would translate to something like = honestly, pretty good, or actually pretty awesome.”   You can use it when someone asks how you are or how something was or what you think of something.

WHAT’S UP/WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? “Que haces” = k acs? The letter K is used to mean “que?”  the letters A+C+S are used because a & c’s pronunciations (ah & seh) sound like the begining of the verb haces (you do), the letter s of course fills in the last sound in the word. 

I REALLY DON’T CARE, WHATEVER, DOESN’T MATTER – ” Me da igual” Literally, it’s all the same to me : “Me da =” The equal sign stands for same/equal pronounced in Spanish ee-guah-ahl . Another way to say “me da igual” is M.D.I. If you just say “da igual, or D.I. that wouldn’t mean I don’t care, I’d mean: there really is no difference, it’s pretty much the same thing (when comparing things, decisions, events.)

LOVE YOU SO MUCH –Te quiero Mucho” is written “TKM” .  What’s with the K??  Again it’s the messing with words’ spellings thing.  Here the word “quiero” conjugation of the verb “querer” meaning , I love  gets a text twist spelling and so  K represents the word.  Some do use “TQM” , it’s up to you both ways are fine.

PLEASE – The phrase for please in Spanish “Por favor” is often shortened in spoken slang to “por fa” in text slang that’d be “X Fa”

FYI -“Para Tu Información”- = P.T.I.

YOU HURT MY FEELINGS – “Heriste Mis Sentimientos” = HMS

I SEE, I UNDERSTAND – “lo entiendo” = L.E.

KISSES – Besos”= Bsssssss The begining of the word kisses “besos” is pronunced like the letter b (beh)+  the ending besos(sohs) is subbed by a  S, the more S you put in there the more kisses you mean like when you say x0x0.

WEEKEND –“Fin de semana”  shortened to = Fin d smn or Fin d

AWESOME! THAT’S GREAT! “Genial” becomes =  gnl (again it’s a letter sound thing)

LATER Hasta Luego = “h lgo”

SEE YOU TOMORROW –Hast mañana = “hsta mña or h mña”

HOW FUNNY/ WHAT A RIOT! = “Que risa!” lieterally meaning “such laughter” used to express lol or lmao .  “Que risa” turns to=  “K rsa!

Be quiet/ SHUT UP!- Cayallate= turns to “kyat” the letter K in Spanish is pronounced “cah” like the beginning of  the word “callate” +ya+  the letter T whose pronunciation (teh) sounds like the ending of the word  for be quiet(callate).

WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU/ WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU – “Que te pasa?”=  “q t psa?”

GET LOST! – “Pierdete” = “pdt”

HAVE A GOOD DAY = Que tengas un buen dia = qt1bd is made up of the first letters in the words for “have a nice day” = Que Tengas Un Buen Dia  and the number one , in Spanish pronunced “uno” from which”un” meaning  “a”  derives from.

SURE, SURE OF COURSE – “sí, sí, claro, claro” = ss cl cl


Chicharito:The Legend begins


Our beloved Chicharito’s debut was killer!  What a day! I seriously felt so overcome with excitement hearing all the talk about Chicharito’s impending debut during the Man U vs MLS All Stars friendly.  While watching the game, as soon as he came on to the field, a wave of pride and happiness rushed over me.  Then there was his goal, wow!  That moment was beyond words, totally indescribable .  He was hungry, he wanted to make his mark, to tell everyone  “I’m here, this is me, & I’m gonna give it all I got!” and he did just that.  At min 62 Chicharito Javier Hernandez made his first goal with Man U. Compatriots everywhere  have their eye on this incredible Mexican talent and are passionately & wholeheartedly rooting their amazing young star on.  Mexican youth especially feel ecstatic to see him shine. They see him as a role model, a fine example of what not only Mexican youth, but all Mexicans are made of.

KEEP UP WITH CHICHARITO AND SHOW HIM SOME LOVE, SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!
Through Twitter:

@NotiChicharito ,  @MUFootballClub ,  @chicharitoaltri

On FaceBook :  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?profile=1&id=352286946148

Manchester United Official website :

In English

http://www.espanol.manutd.com/

En Español

http://www.espanol.manutd.com/

SB 1070 Update


Jan Brewer: “Bloqueo parcial de ley Arizona es ‘un pequeño sobresalto en camino”

http://noticias.terra.com/articulos/act2442933/jan_brewer_bloqueo_parcial_de_ley_arizona_es_un_pequeno_sobresalto_en_camino

Arizona Immigration Law: Sections BLOCKED By Federal Judge

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/28/arizona-immigration-law-s_n_662376.html

Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_arizona_immigration

SB1070 Partial injuction Denounced by  Puente Movement

http://www.altoarizona.com/

Another installment of “Mexicans dancing”


Time for another segment of “Mexicans dancing” ,yay!!  Alrighty, this time around we’re talking about, Duranguense dancing! (pronounced Doo-rahn-gehn- seh)

Before we begin, in case you missed the last Mexicans Dancing, this section of the blog was created in light of something I once saw on TV , on “The George Lopez” show to be exact. The star of the show dissed his own people & culture, saying that Mexicans can’t dance, and that the only dance they have is around a hat. That his wife could dance like no ones’ business because she was Cuban.  As I said before,  Au contrare pally!  Yes, quite contrary to such ignorant beliefs, Mexicans love to dance & Mexican culture has lot’s of popular dances that are non folkloric. Dancing is HUGE with Mexicans.  It’s a very popular pass time that’s near & dear for both  Mexicans , Mexican Americans, and Mexican all over the world. Mexicans have dance fever & are proud of the dancing styles unique to our culture.  Proud of dance styles that originated in our country & proud of  the new fusion counterparts created and enjoyed by us from those that haven’t. Many young kids would rather go to clubs that play traditional and modern Mexican dance music instead of going to regular clubs  that play hip hop, pop etc.  Going to a place where they can  dance  Hispanic rhythms, that is what clubbing means to them. It’s not only the kids though, some married couples love dancing so much that  they have date nights so they can go dancing. Mexicans most definitely do dance, and weddings, and Quinceañeras attest to that.

Duranguense Club doing a demo at School

Duranguense Contest: This dance team got really creative with their choreography

What is Duranguense ?

The term duranguense refers to the people from DurangoMexico. Duranguense began and was formed in Chicago, IllinoisGrupo Montéz de Durango were believed to be the very first to begin the movement. Some people consider Chicago to be the capital of Duranguense Bandas since it is so popular among the people in Chicago and a large amount of Durango natives live in this area. Teenagers are forming new Duranguense bands like never before, playing at night clubs,weddings, Quinceñeras, and family get togethers. A group of immigrants from Durango started a Duranguense group called Patrulla 81; from there it started to expand into other states and Mexico. Most Duranguense bands have been founded by Mexican-American immigrants in the United States.It was not until the early 2000s Grupo Montéz de Durango, one of the best-known Duranguense bands, topped the Latin music charts. Their CD, De Durango a Chicago, was a best-seller and had been a top 10 music bestseller in Chicago on Amazon.com. Patrulla 81′s hits ¿Cómo Pude Enamorarme de Ti? Un exito cover antes cantado por los liricos de teran, and No Aprendí a Olvidarwere also hugely successful hits on regional Mexican radio stations. – SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duranguense

Duranguese how to Video

Techno Duranguense?

Duranguense is not only about dancing, it’s about fashion. It seems like no respectable Duranguense fan would dare hit the dance floor with out the proper attire. What’s cool about this dance, I think… Is the way the couple gets really close together, but also dances  far apart &  jams on their own.  Also the basic movements, the way you’re not dancing in a preset figure or straight line yet you have to keep the beat so that it looks good. So, this is how  SOME Mexicans : party, unwind, socialize, have fun. For some, this is:  how guys meet girls,this is  how you make friends, this is a hobby, this is a passion.  If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard people, especially those who are not Hispanic comment on how salsa, tango… etc are so sexy and romantic and how they want to learn those dances. But, there’s other kinds of dances that are really cool too, yet don’t get much attention.  I mean guys can you imagine dancing with a sexy cow girl in tight jeans? lol  Girls can you imagine dancing up close and personal with a very masculine cowboy.

*LAST BUT NOT LEAST: I’d like to close by saying, I’m not the ultimate definitive source on this or any other subject. If you’re interested in learning more, awesome ! Feel free to look into the subject, research it and get more info. There is never just one side or point of view to anything.  I say this, because I’m imagining someone commenting “That’s not real Duranguense dancing. ”  “Or what horrible examples of what Duranguense is”, or that’ s not Mexican etc… so I’ll save you the trouble. Also some people might stereotype and say ALL Mexicans like this,dress like this, dance like this .  It’s  ALWAYS  ridiculous to stereotype, first of all, and second of all not true.  This kind of music is kinda like what country music is to some in the U.S. some hate it some think it’s corny, but hey different folks different strokes.

Interested in learning more about Durangense  Here’s a short list of DURANGUENSE ARTISTS:

Mexican National Anthem:Indigenous Languages Versions


Check it out!  Just got this awesome link from @Bicentenario the official twitter page for Mexico’s Bicentenial 2010. The link= a webpage with Audio of versions of the Mexican National Anthem sung in Mexican Indigenous languages!  Is that too cool or what?!  Ever heard any Mexican indigenous languages? Curious to find out what they sound like? You can by clicking this link http://www.inali.gob.mx/bicen/himno_nacional_lenguas.html

The page has versions of the National Anthem sung in : Náhuatl from Central Veracruz , Purépecha, &  Cucapá, among  others.

For those unfamiliar with the Mexican national anthem here’s a video so you can compare the version in Spanish to those in the Mexican indigenous languages. Also lyrics in both Eng & Span can be found at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himno_Nacional_Mexicano


The 411 on Mexico’s Bicentennial


This year Mexico is in for a big celebration, because the year 2010 marks its Bicentennial.  Mexico will be commemorating 200 years of Independence and 100 since the Mexican Revolution.  If you’ve ever been curious about Mexico in any way,  right now is a great time to get to know  Mexican History, Biographies of Historical figures, Culture, Geography, folklore, and much more.   The Mexican Government and the bicentennial committee have launched some great websites so that everyone can share in the festivities.

Bicentennial Websites can be found both in Spanish & English

ENGLISH SITE:  http://english.bicentenario.gob.mx/

SPANISH SITE: http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/bdbic/index.php

Get daily updates on what going on with Bicenternario 2010 events and get your daily historical fact by following on Twitter: @Bicentenario

The bicentennial 2010 YouTube page is : http://www.youtube.com/bicentenariomexico

Follow on FaceBook, each Historical Hero of the Nation has their own FaceBook page:

http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=728

GET FREE BOOKS ON MEXICO AND IT’S HISTORY IN PDF For at  THE BICENTENNIAL DIGITAL  LIBRARY

http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/bdbic/

Among the books available : Historia de Mejico, desde sus tiempos mas remotos hasta nuestros dias Tomo I = Historia of Mejico, from the most remote times up to now, Volume I

From the children’s collection “Mexican Child”:  Queretaros site and the Hill of Bells

Historical Newspapers also available