Curious Mexican Expressions :A Taco is not always a taco


A  taco is not always a taco, what does this mean? Taco is a word often used in very colloquial expressions in (Mex)Spanish to refer to a meal or something to eat. A “taco” could mean: a tostada, a sandwich, pasta, rice, steak, a burger, a caldo, pizza, sweet bread, ham and eggs, a microwave meal….etc  In a word, a variety of things. Reminds me of how in Korean the word “pap” means rice (cooked) but also means, meal.

Examples of  Expressions with “TACO” :

#1 “No tengo que ofrecerte, mas que un taquito. “ = Literally this means I have nothing to offer you, but a small taco. *Notice how the word taco takes on the diminutive “taquito”.  Remember the post on diminutives? Diminutives are used to soften commands, statements, express politeness. So the expression would mean something like “I don’t have much to offer you except a humble meal.”

#2 “No he comido un taco en todo el santo dia! “= Literally ” I have not eaten a single taco during this whole blessed day!” Meaning:  I haven’t had a single bite to eat today.

#3 Say you have company and your parents aren’t around when they come home and see the guests they ask you “Ya les ofresciste un taquito?” Literally: did you offer them (guests) a small taco?= Did you offer the guests something to eat?

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


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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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.

Fun With Spanish: Funny/Interesting sayings


Today’s funny expression is  “Darse una manita de gato” =  Use a  cat’s paw on oneself. Lol I’m laughing wondering what the first thing coming to mind for some readers is upon hearing this expression.  Well, here’s what this feline inspired saying is talking about : “Darse una manita de gato” means to make yourself look good. To freshen up, to make oneself presentable. Cat’s of course are synonymous with grooming and so the saying is pretty clear and makes plenty of sense.

USAGE: If a girl knows a guy she likes is coming by she might say “Me voy a dar una manita de gato” = I’m going to get pretty.  If a  girl said this on a date  that would mean she’s  going to check herself in the mirror and touch up.  If  someone was off to find a job and a friend told them  “Primero date una manita de gato” It would mean, make sure you look presentable before you walk out the door.

Ok dokster so hope that everyone enjoyed this interesting/funny expression and that you can have fun with it yourselves, cuz Spanish is always MegaSuper Chido!

Disclaimer: As always I apologize for my crappy spelling in Spanish and my lack of knowledge when it comes to  Alt Key codes for accents, I’m working on it =) It may not be perfect (the blog) but in my own little way I’m trying to share what I love and hoping others can enjoy it too.

Keeping your identity alive


It’s a shame to see the attack on diversity and culture that has risen as of late in a country that is the epitome of just that. It is disgraceful to see instead of an effort to  nurture and encourage such a beautiful thing to flourish, efforts to suppress and extinguish it.  I think in the wake of all this more than ever there are those who are getting in touch with their roots, and sadly there is also the inverse, those who want to deny and forget them.  However long before, the practice of parents choosing not to teach their  kids their native language &  the influence of English on other cultures and languages has existed.  Instead of creativity increasing especially for slang which is the most original and colloquial form of expression in a culture, people choose to borrow and copy words from English. What I mean is, it becomes a style to use non native words when clearly a word in the native language exists. It’s almost as if the sentiment is ” our language is not interesting, special, cool enough.” It’s a way of devaluing and underestimating our mother tongue, giving up on it almost. I also try to steer clear of messy synthesizing.  I for one am not a fan of  Spanglish. I think it just sounds tacky. It’s great to be bilingual, but it’s even better when you can speak a language appropriately. What I’m trying to say can be better illustrated in this awesome  article about the death of languages.  I think it explains in a very wonderful way the beauty of culture and language and the need to pass it on, venerate it, keep it alive.

http://newamericamedia.org/2010/03/when-a-language-dies.php

Mexican sayings


The Mexican culture is a very romantic culture in which chivalry is still alive and well, a culture that is filled with much veneration for women.  A popular saying that exemplifies that is: “A una mujer no se le debe tocar ni con el petalo de una rosa” = A woman is not to be touched, not even with a rose petal. The saying speaks of zero tolerance when it comes to disrespect towards women. Women are not to be mistreated in any way shape or form, but this saying is especially referring to physical abuse.

Mexican Manners


“If you have ever watched a movie made in the 1940s and early 1950s, you’ll have an idea of the manners that Mexicans use. It is all based on “respect.” We consider Mexican manners to be “formal.” Compared to our American casual manners, the Mexicans are very formal.” -From Manners  in Mexico by Mark McGrew April 2005 Guadalajara-Lakeside Volume 21, Number 8

For Mexicans manners are held in very high regard & are  treated with utmost importance within in our culture. Regardless of social position or the amount of education received a good upbringing(manners) is considered the most valued  inheritance that every parent passes down, an inheritance that every family holds dear. In Spanish to say someone is rude , the following phrase is often used:  “mal educado”  literally= wrongly( inadequately/ poorly) educated. Parents always teach their kids that manners will reflect not only upon them, but that it will also reflect upon the family and their upbringing. Often times moms will scold their kids when they exhibit poor manners by saying “People will think you had a mother who didn’t care or perhaps even that you didn’t have a mom”

For those who : have friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, family members, coworkers, etc.. who are Mexican & want to interact with them and share in their culture or for those studying Spanish or just interested in learning about other cultures. I wanna start a new section called “Mexican Manners” &  try to add  facts, information on customs and manners found in Mexican culture.

Let’s learn some Spanish: About Good Manners


When learning a language  who isn’t  eager and excited to learn what will make you sound cool, fun, and friendly, so that you can make new friends &  enjoy communicating with others in your new language?  Well, nothing makes a person cooler than great manners, & so today that’s what we will be learning about. Today’s lesson specifically talks about one little word: “Qué.” While it might be common knowledge that “what” in Spanish = “Qué”(pronounced Keh). The meaning & usage of this word as it pertains to Spanish is sometimes ,not entirely understood. In Spanish missuse of the word  can mean sounding very rude.  Many times I’ve seen on TV the depiction of various characters who speak Spanish(Mexican more often than not), upon listening to another language, umm…say English he/she will automatically respond in a stereotypical voice “Qué??!”

It truly is a most disturbing sound to hear. It’s  a  method used for the purpose of augmenting  inanity, boorishness when it comes to  the portrayal of that character.  The reality of it is that, ““Qué” would not really the first thing someone would say in Spanish. Why? Well, because manners are held in very high regard & are  treated with utmost importance  in Hispanic culture, regardless of social position or the amount of education received.  When you are told something  & did not hear or understand, the polite way to respond is by using the phrase “Mande usted” (mah-deh-oo-steh-ehd) the formal version or “Mande”(shortened version).  The word “mande” literally  means= “You may request/ instruct.”  In essence it means excuse me. Only it has more of a : beg your pardon, excuse me what was that, say that again please,  I’m sorry I  couldn’t hear, but if you’d be so kinds a to repeat you have my attention”…etc  kind of connotation to it.

Another time when “Mande” is used is, when being addressed or called over.  Say your boss has decided to give you an assignment &  so he addresses you “Mrs. X come over for a minute”  You would respond by saying “Mande usted Señor/Señora” = Yes boss(sir/ mam).  At a store if a shopper would adress a clerk , the shopper would also receive a  “mande usted.” Another example, Say your mom calls you into the kitchen . You go to the kitchen and say “What?”, because you’re used to the “what”   in the English expressions: “what is it/what’s the matter?”  It’s quite likely that you’ll receive the following scolding : “What do you mean Qué? Don’t be so rude/disrespectful, you don’t say “Qué, you say Mande usted”. “Mande” in  This sense= yes mom, you called, Yes ma’m. “Qué?” does have it’s place in Spanish however,  “Qué?” alone is used as more of an interjection than a question, and it’s used to express: surprise/shock /or confusion in a  direct, and explicit manner, thus using it alone sounds rude at times.  The moral of the story? One little word can mean the difference between sounding abrasive & disrespectful, or friendly, and well mannered.