New Find at Teotihuacan ruins


Hey guys! Guess what, I got on Yahoo this morning to find that, Teotihuacan was trending =) The reason being: Turns out that archaeologists have discovered a cool new find at the ruins that could lead to royal tombs!  The find consists of a hidden tunnel that may have been buried due to the sinking of land as a result of stormy weather.  The reason why this is such a huge & exciting deal is, very little is know about the societal structure and rulers of  Teotihuacan. That is,  archeologists are after the story of those who conformed the culture which inhabited Teotihuacan before the Aztecs,  and reached its height between 100 B.C. and A.D. 750.  The Aztecs are believed to have arrived in the area in the 1300s.  Too cool or what?! =D

You read more about this cool new find at the following link :
http://www.thirdage.com/news/teotihuacan-ruins-yield-1800-year-old-tunnel-tombs_8-6-2010

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


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


El Tri Femme Fatales :Team Mexico Advances to 4 finals


FIFA U -20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP GERMANY 2010,Team Mexico, Female El Tri have their ticket to the quarter finals & as group Group C winners.  They earned their pass with a  tie against Nigeria. With only 15 minutes on the clock, it was make it or break it time.  It was  Miss  Alina Garciamendez’s equalizer  in the second half  that sealed the deal.  Nigeria often had possession of the ball , but failed to take advantage of vital opportunities. The constant pressure in the form of a relentless and adamant defense by team Mexico lead to many errors by team Nigeria. At 16′ came the first goal of this match when Nigeria’s Ebere Orji nailed a rebound. Things were getting tricky, at halftime Charlyn Corral one of the best on the team (Mex) was substituted by Natalia Gómez Junco.

Later Nigeria would come dangerously close to a second goal, exhaustion and all  Mexican goalie, Santiago pushed the limits of her body and abilities to shut down said would be goal. However, that almost second goal was not the only worry for team Mexico, news that  Japan was beating England meant that the probability of them being eliminated was looming. With agile control of the ball, guard up, and  registering all angles,  team Mexico’s Alina Garciamendez showed everyone that team Mex was hungry and did not want to go home.  The game was called by official Cristina Petersen, team Mexico lead by coach is  Roberto MEDINA. Mexico earned 1st place in its group with 5 points and more goals than second place Nigeria who also earned 5 points, in third was  Japan who had 4 points,  and England came in with 1 pt. Team Mexico’s next rival will be the winner of the USA vs South Korea game.

FOLLOW TEAM MEXICO DURING THE  FIFA U -20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP GERMANY 2010.

Get scores, news, pictures on the latest matches, get to know the team at their official Fifa Page:

http://www.fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/photo/photolist.html#1276482

http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/seleccion-mexicana/noticias/2010/07/21/nigeria-1-1-mexico-la-femenil-sub-20-logro-sufrido-e-historico-pase-a-cuartos

What Spanish speakers are watching: Premios Juventud


In case you missed it guys yesterday was Premios Juventud day. For those new to the awards it’s kind of like the  Teen Choice/MTV Music awards Hispanic style. Premios Juventud = Youth Awards. So how’d our Mexican talent do?? Take a look at the list of winners:

* Category* &     –Winner

*Que Actoraso* = Heck of an actor      –                                       Alfonso Herrera

*Voz del momento* = Best Vocal talent right now –              Espinoza Paz

*Cancion Corta-venas= Best heartbreak song –             “Mientes”(You lie) by Camila

*Mi artista regional* = Fav Regional artist –                             Espinoza Paz

*Mi Artista Rock* = Fav Rock artist –                                           Alejandra Guzman

*La deportista de alta tension* = Fav female sportstar         Lorena Ochoa

*Chica que me quita el sueno* = Girl of my dreams                Jacqueline Bracamontes

Cute, fun, upbeat performance by Ducle Maria

Camila does it again, yet another great song,  really beautiful and full of emotion.

I’m not a huge fan of regional music but ya know what, Espinoza Paz is actually starting to grow on me.

RED CARPET AND SHOW PICS:

http://www.univision.com/content/channel.jhtml?secid=27925

RED CARPET, ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES, BEHIND THE SCENES VIDS :

http://www.univision.com/content/channel.jhtml?chid=6&schid=10416&secid=11217

Spanish: Fun With Slang Part 1(Mexican)


The coolest part about learning a language is picking up cool colloquial  expressions and learning how to sound like a true native speaker.  So what’s the word with the cool Mexican kids? The following post is the skinny on Mexican Slang. *disclaimer: sorry I don’t know the rules for indicating pronunciation the way the dictionary does so I’ve spelled things out in a way that should  give you an idea of the sound(I hope). If you would like to perfect pronunciation practice with a Spanish speaking friend, these phrase are super easy.  Or you can practice your Spanish vowel and consonant sounds with the following videos:   CONSONANTS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvw_pYurmmE VOWELS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tLAp5DMOuo You’ll be happy to know vowels are super easy they only have one unchanging pronunciation unlike English vowels sounds =D Sorry but consonants get a bit tricky.

*They excluded an explanation for  x & double L.  Many English speakers will pronounce the ll as having… well a double L sound. The correct sound for a double L is a Y sound as in llorar(to cry) yoh-rahr , llamar (to call) yah-mahr. The letter X can be kinda tricky as it can sound like an S,K, or J. However there are very few words with X in them so  it’s easy to memorize how the words are said . EXAMPLES: Examen= ehk- sah-mehn, Mexico= Meh- hee-koh, Texas= Teh-hahs,  Xavier= hah-vee-ehr ,  Quixote= keeh-hoh-teh, S = Xilofono = see-loh-fah-no

WORD: CHIDO or PADRE       MEANING: COOL, GREAT, AWESOME! Can be used alone,  just like the word cool in English.      PRONUNCIATION: chee- doh/pah-dreh

SAMPLE SENTENCES: Que nombre tan chido! = What a really cool name!   Esa ropa esta  padre = those clothes are cool.  Ta(short for esta) chido = “That’s cool” can mean I really like that or can be used when you mean to say: I agree, let’s do it, that’s fine/ok.  If a friend shares something cool that happened to them like they just got a new sports car, won a million dollars lol  you can say “Que chido!” =  “how cool”. That’s awesome, great for you!

WORD: CUATES     MEANING : FRIENDS, BUDDIES, PALS (singular cuate)      PRONUNCIATION: kuah-teh-ehs

SAMPLE SENTENCES: Me la paso rebien con mis cuates. = I have lots of fun with my friends.  Eres mi mejor cuate. = You’re my best friend.

Siempre puedo contar en mis cuates = I can always count on my friends.

PHRASE : ERES LA NETA   MEANING: You are the absolute best. The real deal when it comes to awesome.   PRONUNCIATION: eh-rehs- Lah-neh-tah

SAMPLE SENTENCES: Gracias por tu ayuda, eres la neta! = Thanks for you’re help you’re the best.    Esa banda es la neta! = That band rocks!

WORD: SALE/  SAZ       MEANING: Ok, let’s do it, I’m game. I’ll go along with that idea.  PRONUNCIATION: sah-leh/ sa-ahz

WORD: OSO     MEANING: A terribly embarrassing moment, a huge faux pas. Situation where you make a  complete fool of yourself, look like total clown.  PRONUNCIATION: oh-soh   SAMPLE SENTENCES: Que oso! Oh my gosh how embarrassing! Que oso hiciste en el centro comercial!   Wow! you sure made a fool of yourself  at the mall.

PREFIX: RE    MEANING: Added to adjectives to mean extra, really ,super    PRONUNCIATION: This is a word where the  r is rolled=  rreh

EXAMPLES: re+feo = super ugly (guy or noun which is considered masculine grammar wise)/  , re+bonita= a total beauty(girl or noun which is considered feminine grammar wise) re+chido = super mega ultra cool , re+te+harto= a whole lot as in “Te quiero rete harto” = I love you a whole lot , comi rete harto= I ate a whole lot   re+rapido=  super fast, re+aburrido= to be super bored/ something is very boring.

WORD: FRESA    MEANING: a preppy, a snob, spoiled rich kid  PRONUNCIATION: freh sah

EXAMPLES: bola de niños fresa =nothing but a bunch of snobs, No seas fresa= don’t act like such a preppy

WORD: PIPIRISNAIS(adjective) = MEANING= Ooh la la, so fancy! Often used to make fun of those who think they’re all that, better than others, high class. PRONUNCIATION = pee-pee- rees-nah-eehs  SAMPLE SENTENCES: Vamos a comer en este restaurante? Que pipirisnais! We’re going to dine at this restaurant? Ooh la la, how fancy. Se cre la muy pipirisnais. She thinks she’s a dutches or something.

NACO=Can be a noun or adjective.  A nerd, dweeb, someone who’s socially inept a person without a clue when it comes to class or style. Totaly lame,  not the least bit  cool. PRONUNCIATION: NAH-KOH

A website in Spanish has a daily fashion show down in the entertainment section where it posts pics of celebs the title of the competition is “naco o chido”  meaning hot or not.

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Feliz Cumpleaños a ti: Frida Kahlo’s 103rd birthday


Today marks the 103rd birthday of one of the most renowned, and influential Mexican painters of the middle twentieth century. “Frida Kahlo”  is  #2 on Twitter’s Worldwide  TT(trending topics list), Google celebrated with a doodle, and numerous commemorative articles are being diffused…  just to name a few of the ways  she is being honored and remembered today.

Bio & other cool Frida Links:

http://www.fridakahlo.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo

http://www.artchive.com/artchive/K/kahlo.html

http://www.pbs.org/weta/fridakahlo/index.html

http://www.fridakahlofans.com/mainmenu.html

http://www.ocaiw.com/catalog/index.php?lang=en&catalog=pitt&author=464&page=1

Pictures of Frida

http://www.google.com/images?q=Frida+Kahlo&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=cpozTPlvwfycB53OjYkE&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CD0QsAQwAQ

Empowering Art project inspired by Frida

http://blog.pigtailpals.com/2010/07/self-portraits-frida-kahlo-and-preschoolers/

Top5 MexicanTweeters


Wondering what up with Twitter Mex? Who to follow? Who’s popular, who’s addicted to tweeting, who’s  winning the followers war? Who’s captured the hearts of followers and why? Here’s the inside scoop a list of the top 5 most popular Mex Tweeters

@twirus_mexico reports: Top5 personas populares 1 @javier_alarcon_ 2 @mauclark 3 @SO_Sebastian 4^ @Anahi 5^ @alexrosaldo You can keep up with the latest news, popular tags and trending topics related to Mexico and Mexican Tweeters by visiting  http://mexico.twirus.com

WHO ARE THESE TWEETERS?

@MAUCLARK= Entertainment reporter for Televisa’s 1N Primero Noticias. Very funny, wacky guy Tweets a lot of pics. Currently reporting from South Africa with his equally off the wall partner @lauragii

@javier alarcon sports caster for  Televisa Deportes

@SO SEBASTIAN= Singer/contestant on Mexico’s versions of American Idol: La Academia, & Segunda Oportunidad

@Anhai= Singer, former member of pop group RBD

@alexrosaldo= Singer, actress, tv host.  Famous for dating popular comedian @EugenioDerbez

OTHER TWITTER ACCOUNTS THAT MIGHT BE OF YOUR INTEREST

@femexfut = follow Mexican League soccer clubs, get the latest standings, news, and game schedules

@andresgua18 =  Andres Guardado’s twitter.

@yosoy8a

@gerardotorrado6 = Gerando Torrado’s twitter

@efrajuarez = Efrain Juarez’s twitter

@luisemichel= Luis Michel’s twitter

@El_Tri= Follow team Mexico

@Chivas

@Telenovelas USA = Get pics, interviews and the latest news on your fav Novelas.

Mexicans: With talent to spare


Wow just wow! Is all I can say about this collection. Hope you enjoy these gorgeous, luxurious, indulgent designs by Mr. Alberto Rodriguez. Such a shame that the sound was disabled for this video, what’s a fashion show without a soundtrack of course, but sound or no sound these creations blow me away.

Coolest Mexican I’ve seen today


I was watching the World Cup Opening Concert, when the camera panned over the crowd, there among the Mexican fans was this guy dressed as Father Miguel Hidalgo! My gosh that was megasuper chido! Go Mexico! Represent my paisanos!

Wanna learn more about Mexican hero Miguel Hidalgo?  Here are some helpful articles to get you started:

http://www.mexonline.com/person1.htm

http://www.inside-mexico.com/laentrevista2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_Hidalgo_y_Costilla