Sing a long Friday : “Xochipitzahuatl” (traditional Mexican song)


So many beautiful things about our cultures, things that are worth: admiring, learning about and most of all  keeping alive & thriving. One of those things most definitely has to be language. In Paraguay 88% of the population speaks Guarani along with Spanish.  In Taiwan though most people speak Mandarin and the older generations are most knowledgeable when it comes to traditional Taiwanese, and though Taiwanes youngsters outside of Taiwan are a little sketchy on it,  native Taiwanese kids are still taught about it (traditional Taiwanese) and understand it a bit even if they don’t practice it as often as say their grandparents, or so I’ve heard.  So, I listen to different kinds of music and there’s this Taiwanese pop girl group I like. I totally fell in love with one of the songs off  their latest album, and  I especially  thought  it was super cool when I  heard the group recorded that particular song not in main stream Mandarin but instead in traditional Taiwanese.  This is our heritage ,our vestige…. We should take pride in these beautiful treasures. That is why in today’s post I’d like to share a traditional Mexican song. This post as they all are is  for everyone, but especially those who’d like to learn  a short little something in Nahuatl(aka Aztec).  The song is called “Xochipitzahuatl” pronounced: soh-chee-pee-tzah-hoo-wah-tahl, meaning: little flower.  This song is AKA “Flor Menudita” in Spanish.

Are these kids too COOL or what?! And such talent =D Plus they look so cute in their outfits.

It’s just a few short lines, but it something cool you can learn &   impress your friends with. Show ’em you can sing in Nahuatl!

This song is usually sung at weddings  in the Huasteca region of Mexico. From what I’ve been able to research, it is sometimes danced rather than sung. The  song is preformed for the Virgin of Guadalupe as away of asking for the event to be blessed. I’m not incredibly familiar with this song, so not sure how long the song actually is . The girls in the first vid seem to be singing more lyrics than the guy in the 2nd vid =S   Went on a hunt for the lyrics online and can not for the life of me find proper lyrics. There’s very little info online, could be that is due to the fact that the song is often know as a dance rather than a piece that is sung. I can only get little excerpts here & there, plus everyone’s version differs =(

Still so glad to see people taking pride in their roots and passing them on especially youngsters. =)  Hope you ENJOY GUYS!!

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Cool Aztec Names


I’d been dying to do a post like this, thought it’d be super fun to share with the readers! I had already done a post on the meanings of  last names in Spanish, so I went in search of names in Mexican indigenous languages next.   I searched the web, and I found this cool list of Aztec/Mayan names. Sorry if there are any discrepancies, feel free to add your two cents on the subject if you’d like. You can do so by visiting the comments section.  I’m learning along the way too =)  Ok, so  a million thanks to my source all credit goes to them.  I only excerpted some names & tanslated their meaning. You can find the complete list by following the link  =D

Source : http://mx.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070317122716AAbQUdd

TLEXOCHITL= Fire flower

METZTLI / MEXTLI= Moon

CUAUHTÉMOC = descending eagle

TONALLI= Day, energy, warmth

TOPILTZIN= our dear little boy, our prince

TLAZOHTZIN= he who is loved

IZTACOYOTL= white coyote

TEOXIHUITL = Turquoise divinity, beautiful one

EHÉCATL = Wind

ATLANXOCHITL= The most beautiful flower of the sea.

CEYAOTL = Warrior

CITLALTONAC = Dazzling star

CITLALTZIN = little star

QUIAHUITL = rain

TLEYOTL = heart of fire

YAOCIHUATL= woman warrior

There are so many gorgeous and inspiring names, but if I had to pick just one… I guess I’d like to be named: QUIAHUITL( rain) because I adore the rain, it’s so romantic. Plus I’m from So Cal where we don’t get that much rain, so it’s all the more precious to me . Then again, CITLALTZIN (little star) is such a cute and pretty name too. But with a name like TEOXIHUITL (Turquoise divinity, beautiful one) wow who wouldn’t feel like a godess?!  Lol So super hard to choose, all the names rock!

Mexican Bicentennial’s Official Theme Song (free download)


A cool song has been released as the official theme song for the Bicentennial entitled “El Futuro es Milenario” (The Future is Millennial) sung by Aleks Syntek & Jaime Lopez, and it has been made available for free download ! Just go to the following link and it will take you to the official Bicentenario website where you can get the song.  http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1922

LYRICS TRANSLATION

We were born to sing. We were born to dance.

We were born in the land of the beautiful sky….

More centuries of love

More centuries of color

More centuries of one song

will all be welcomed.
A pride that is shared From Mexico to everywhere.

The soul flies and flutters at the grand celebration.

The plaza is filling up, the best is just starting.

United for what’s to come to the rhythm of the Bicentennial.

Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalala
here we go step by step
Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalalala
here we go step by step

The world is right, Mexico is pure love.

It’s a flower that gives itself  to the warmth of a clay oven.

We dance our hearts out, it’s a rhythm to celebrate.

We thoroughly delight in being Mexicans

In the streets it’s a party differences forgotten, all united

Voices sing from deep within our hearts.

The plaza is filling up, the best is just starting.

United for what’s to come to the  rhythm of the Bicentennial

Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalala
here we go step by step
Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalalala
here we go step by step

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.