Mexican Pop


Check it out it’s Mexican POP!  Ok my friends here is you’re daily slice of Mexican pop culture: MV by band Camila  a unique flavor, real romantic vibe very bitter sweet , emotional song  called: “You Lie”

If ya like what you’re hearing support these guys they’re a great talent, feel free to visit Camila’s offical home page (can be found in Eng/Span) and get all your Camila goodies (News, Music info, Bio, Photos,Videos,Tour Info, Forums)

the adress is http://www.camila.tv/us/home

Follow Camila on Twitter: @CamilaMX , @pablocamila , @SAMOCAMILA

CAMILA Facebook http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=145456&id=254160188123#!/Camilamusic

Watch Camila Videos on Youtube at their Vevo page :http://www.youtube.com/user/camilaVEVO

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Mexican Beauties


Check out this beautiful video, it is the intro to Mexican TV show: “Lo que Callamos Las Mujeres” = The secrets we Women Keep. It’s a long running series that deals with women’s issues, and experiences . Each day a new short drama along with its main character is introduced. Sometimes the stories are sad, serious, and other times they’re lighthearted, fun, and romantic. The show’s storytelling serves as  a form of  commentary on important social issues. The show’s purpose is not only to entertain, but to diffuse information on important topics,to incite consideration and action in its viewers. Fun fact about the show: Many of the contestants from “La Academia”= Mexico’s American Idolesque show become cast members of  “Lo Que Callamos  Las Mujeres.”  This is one of the reasons why the show’s popular. Fans of La Academia like to see their favorite singers act. In conclusion, it’s a really a cool show. If  you are interested, you can watch it on TV on the Azteca America network or online, there’s some videos on YouTube just search “Lo que Callamos Las Mujeres”

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.

Spanish:Valentine’s Day Phrases


In Spanish Valentine’s day has a few names:
Dia de los enamorados= Lovers’ day
Dia del amor y la amistad= Day of love & friendship
El Dia de San Valentin= Saint Valentine’s day

For all my fellow incurable romantics out there here’s a video of phrases for U to have some fun romancing in Spanish! Enjoy learning something new just for fun!  Also really handy if U have someone that you’d like to impress by whispering sweet nothings to in Spanish. I’m not up on the rules of indicating pronunciation like the dictionary does, so instead I used spellings that use sounds found in English to indicate something close to what the words should sound like. Of course if you want to really perfect them & get an authentic sound, find a Spanish speaking friend to go over them with you.  But, even if the pronunciation is a teeny weeny bit off, at least you’re somewhere in the ball park & trust me whoever you are trying to romance will get the message. They’ll probably find an accent : cute, and interesting.  ENJOYNESS MUCH!!♥♥♥♥♥

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xc8atn_vday-spanish2_lifestyle

*oops I got distracted and said “see-eh-loh” = sky instead of “Loo-nah”= moon for I’d bring down the moon & stars for you. Sorry.

It’s all about Serenades!!♥♥♥♥


SOOO ROMANTIC!! A  practice that is not only very popular in Mexico, but in every Spanish speaking country I think… Is that of romantic serenatas=serenades. In these countries serenades are preformed for: birthdays, anniversaries, just to say I love you, say I’m sorry, to propose marriage, or to confess ur love/ask someone to be ur guy or girl.  A classic serenade is preformed with a  Mariachi band, a guitar trio or soloist, also it is customary to wake  ur loved one with your song at dawn. As time goes on the tradition has taken on new forms, but I’m so happy that it’s still alive & well. It’s a very: cool,beautiful, special part of our culture, that I’m very proud of. Modern serenades: Now a days people will opt for pop music,Rnb, punk, rock, Banda music..etc for serenades. Another modern take on the serenade is that of surprising the recipient in public places during the day. A very common question about serenades “What about the neighbors?” With a classic serenade, I guess there might be a neighbor or two that gets annoyed with music so early in the morning, but for the most part it’s a well accepted and embraced tradition enjoyed by almost everyone. I mean come on, you’d have to be  a total scrooge to make a fuss about it 🙄 A serenata makes those directly involved & those around them happy, makes them feel warm inside, brings out the romantic in everyone, love is always beautiful, it’s just a really cool thing to behold. The neighbors or whoever is around will end up cheering the person giving the serenade on & root for the girl to come out. Once the couple is together on lookers will chant “Beso, beso, beso!”= a Kiss,a kiss, a kiss! Really cool right?! If you get a serenade it’s one of the most wonderful gifts u can receive. A pro serenata(hired musicians) is not cheap lol, if u decide to play and sing by yourself or get friends into the act it takes a lot of hard work, and earnest effort. So it’s really touching that someone would care so much as to prepare such an awesome surprise for you. With the Valentine’s day holiday coming up I wanted to take this post as an oportunity to honor this kickbutt tradition & share it with those who are new to it.

Enjoy these awesome serenade vids posted by crazy romantics on YouTube.

*Serenade scene from popular novela “Rebelde” (Rebel) Although the guys went all out,with spectacular fireworks & hired a full mariachi band… They had messed up big time, & the girls were still way ticked off at them, so their serenade efforts were shot down. 😳

*Cheating! Come on dude u gotta sing! Just going straight for the sugar 😛 He’s got some really cool friends to hook him up like that. The heart costumes are just too adorable.

A 60’s rock theme serenade. Very cool & original 8)

Althought it’s kinda embarrassing to be ambushed @ work or school, it’s all good, cuz  it’s so flattering to be in the spotlight & have witnesses that turn green with envy @ ur totally cool romantic moment. :mrgreen: Ooh loving the flower petals and votive candles on the desk, makes for a very romantic ambiance.

Ummm the girl did not come out during this serenade. Well… U win some, u loose some. A+ for effort though guys ❗ It really takes dedication to bring out your whole set up & rock out in the wee hour of the morning.

When u decide to go Banda with ur serenade, it quickly evolves into a party!! 😀 Lmao the camera’s shaky cuz the camera guy was dancing along.

Cool Mexican of the day Part 2


A BRIEF BIO OF MARIA ESPINOZA. VIDEO TRANSLATION:
MARIA: “It all started with a pair of boxing gloves. My dad would put them on me.”  NARRATOR: This story begins in La Brecha Sinaloa, with a population of merely 2,500. There are no paved streets, here the bare, raw paths are traveled. MARIA’S AUNT: “We may be poor economically speaking, but we have a lot of heart, & that is beautiful.” NARRATOR: This is a town that does not think twice about lending a helping hand. Maria was taught early on that in order to eat, one has to do more than just sit at the table and request. MARIA: “We had to find a way. We had to work to put food on the table. We come from a family of fishermen, so we had to work as merchants.”  Her mother did not like being absent from her home , but the economic necessity made it so that Maria and her siblings had to be without her. Thusly, Maria found in her grandfather(on her dad’s side) her best friend. MARIA : “I would enjoy going to visit my grandpa, growing things, farming. It was my way of learning how to grow up tough, learning how stand up to life”
MARIA’S GRANDMA: “We had many animals at our home, & Maria always loved riding and interacting with them.”  NARRATOR: Eventually boxing became a fleeting thing. Thanks to heredity she found out she had more potential with her feet than with her hands. She feels indebted to her grandmother for this. MARIA’S GRANDMA: “I have a very large foot. I’ve always had a large foot,  it’s even bigger now that I’m older, I ‘m 74.  Instructor Ruben Contreras was Maria’s first coach at a gym in La Brechea.
MARIA: “My first competition was in Hermosillo when I was about 5 or 6, my daddy accompanied me on that occasion.” MARIA’S UNCLE:  “Early on we saw Maria was a good brawler.”  MARIA: “I went to the competition with such joy & energy, I was just a kid. I was like “Wow an actual competition & it’s going to be outside of my city in Guasave! I’m going to meet new kids!  I had to battle this young man who was taller then me, I always partnered with him, because there weren’t any girls. So it was like, Oh well let’s do it.  There was no other way. I was just happy to be competing.”  Then her first disillusion came, her 1st teacher, the one who ignited Maria’s love for Taekwondo decided to leave La Breacha in order travel to the capital in Sinaloa to look for different opportunities. That was Maria’s 1st brief brush with the sport. MARIA: ” A cousin told me later on that there was Tae Kwon Do instruction in the city of Guasave,  & I decide to attend.”  From La Brecha to Gusave=30 miles. Her dad was away at sea, her mother working as well, but at just 10 years of age Maria found the perfect solution, during what she calls the best chapter of her life .
Her great journey began at noon after she would come out of school.
MARIA: “So that’s 1 hour from La Brecha to Guasave, arrive at the gym around 2:00 pm, train from like 4-5 then back home again.”  NARRATOR: These are the echoes of Maria’s adventure.  MARIAS’ AUNTS: “Some buses would collect money later on , not at the moment you got on, sometimes Maria was so tired that by the time the collector came around she was fast asleep. During those times they did not charge her.  There were times when buses with two doors came to pick her up & she would shoot in the back door. As soon as the door opened she slide for home with all her might.” MARIA:  “There was a couple of times that I would just give they driver a coin, not the full fare & dash in. I was thinking of my family and our situation.”
Hardships, escapades & all,  Maria had decided Tae Kwon Do would be her life. In Guasave she met a new trainer, Rolando Garcia. Rolando: “Maria would always spar with guys. Maria is so strong that, generally the girls couldn’t withstand her kicks. The guys too were weary of sparing with her, they’d say “No coach, please not Maria”.  NARRATOR: Maria spent her days between school, fishing, and martial arts. MARIA: “There was a tourney in Monterrey in ‘02.  I didn’t fare so well, but at that point I decided that I really wanted to earnestly commit to this sport. ” It was during this tourney when she experienced her utmost bitter heartbreak. When she was away competing her grandfather died. MARIA: “I was away training, competing, and at that same time he was…He passed away. Up to this day he has helped me a lot, he contributed to my embracing the sport,  has helped me  in my personal life… I’ve had some tough moments.”
Maria  went on to join the youth national team & she obtained a medal in the adult division at age 15. The time came when she had to leave her hometown & move to San Luis Potosi to fully concentrate on her training at a higher level. She soon realized however, that not everything had gone according to plan. MARIA: “While staying in San Luis, I went through rigorous training, &  I felt that at times instead of going a step forward, I went a few steps back. There was a time when I felt like, I just want to go home. I can’t, just cant’ anymore.” She moved forward however & during an international competion in Brazil she was up against a Brazilian opponent for the final. MARIA:  ” Up against a local, all of the audience rooting for her. I had never been so nervous. It was one the toughest battles I’ve ever experienced. ” Narrator:  It came down to a single point, one kick would decide it all.  MARIA: “To win under such circumstances, with my opponent having home court advantage was like a bomb.”  Maria’s next goal now was, a ticket to the Olympics.

Chido(cool) Mexican of the Day


Today’s chido Mexican is Olympic athlete Maria del Rosario Espinoza.  Miss Espinosa bestowed Mexico with the honor of  a gold medal in Tae Kwon Do in Beijing.

VIDEO TRANSLATION:

Three days after Guillermo Perez covered himself in glory Maria Espinosa made good on the predictions that situated her among the best in the world, and won the second gold medal for Mexico in Beijing. Maria’s journey to Beijing: Maria won bronze in the Central American games, then went on to be crowned world champ at the Panamerican level . After that she went on to victory in the Beijing Olympics. All this with just 20 years of age. In order to triumph in her first Olympic games Maria had to make many sacrifices. (Maria) “First of all I had to sacrifice my family, the time that I had with them. I had to be apart from them, I was no longer living and sharing with them. I had to leave friends and those closest to me behind. I now had to dedicate my full attention to Tae Kwon do.”

Maria beat her Tunisian opponent 4-0. In the quarter finals she defeated her Swiss contender who did not shake her in the least 4-2 . During the semi finals she beat her British opponent Sarah Stevenson 4-1, an opponent which up to that point she had not defeated.  This bout was especially controversial, as the British athlete had been defeated by China’s representative earlier, but due to an appeal sought by her team the decision was modified. This caused Chinese supporters to root for Maria. During the final Maria felt the support & comradery from her fellow compatriots who filled the stands of  the Beijing University of Science and Technology. Their warmhearted cheers in her support made her feel at home. She beat her opponent, Norwegian /Korean  Nina Solheim 3-1.  After emerging victorious the first thing Maria did was graciously hug her opponent. She remained graceful and poised until the moment when she received congratulations from her trainer, at that point she couldn’t help tears of joy rolling down her cheeks. Maria worked very hard to achieve her dreams, &  always pictured hereself high atop the podium. Guillermo Perez and Maria Espinoza are two athletes that brought home the gold for Mexico.
Tae Kwon Do has always brought good results for Mexico. We are sure that with athletes like Guillermo & Maria we will be able to keep harvesting  medals.