Mexican Fashion Insider


Today’s must have fashion accessory is….. The colorful “pulseras de hilo (pool-seh-rahs-deh- ee-loh)/”pulseras tejidas(pool-seh-rahs-deh- teh-hee-dahs)= thread bracelets/ woven bracelets. In  Mexican culture the tradition of working with textiles and the practice of weaving has been very important, & to this day hand crafts are very popular.  Currently kids pick  up making bracelets as hobbies, some students &  housewives  make it their part-time job selling them at street markets, down town plazas & to neighbors or fellow classmates at school. Some bracelet vendors are even going high-tech and sell them online, and you can even find ritzy fashion boutiques & jewelry shops selling them with gold beads and diamond stones in them.

(Singers/actors Dulce Maria & Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera)

For the real deal killer bracelets however , your best source will always be authentic artisans. These woven bracelets have such an artistic &  organic feel to them, as do the vender themselves at times. I remember on a trip to Mexico as a kid, that downtown some University students with a pretty eclectic flair to them were selling them. When we would go shopping my brother kept joking “Mom, I want a bracelet from the hippies, buy me a hippie bracelet!”  lol xD  This accessory can often be seen worn by kids who are into rock music & the kids who have a fondness for all things  folkloric and traditional love to wear them as well, but you can really see all kinds of kids wearing them.  “Cutsie girls” (preppies) wear them, “pretty boys”, fashion buffs,  metrosexual guys, sporty guys /girls, even celebs wear them. No matter what your style is, everyone can agree that it’s cool to be proud of your roots and sport your pride.

(Cast of novela “Atrevete a Soñar = Dare to Dream)

(Andres Guardado from Team Mexico)

(Mexican Rock Band Maná)

(Singer Alejandro Fernández)

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Celebrating one of Mexican Comedy’s greats


Today celebrated comedian/actor Ramon Valdez’s(1923-1988) 87th bday is commemorated. When speaking of the greats in Mexican comedy you just can’t leave his name out. Ramon Valdez  was in deed a grand talent.  His projects were wide and varied, but Mr. Valdez is greatly remembered and admired for his iconic role of “Don Ramon” on the Mexican TV classic “El Chavo del 8” He was also known for working along side his brother Tin Tan( fellow actor/comedian) on the silver screen .

RAMON VALDEZ’S BIO

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

Ramon Valdez with his brother Tintan in the movie “El Rey del Barrio” (King of the Neighborhood)

Ramon Valdez with Teen heart throb, now world renowned: singer, producer and songwriter Luis Miguel.

Sketch with comedian/writer/producer  Chespirito(Roberto Gomez Bolaños) playing amateur burglars, petty thugs “Chompiras & Peterete” (pronounced : Chohm pee-rahs & Peh-teh-reh-teh)

Playing Don Quixote on the show by Roberto Gomez Bolaños, “El Chapulin Colorado”(The Scarlet Grasshopper)

From the “Chespirito” show, playing an old man who wants to be a movie star, featuring  a cute song and montage of characters he played on he show.

TwitPic of the day


Get a special behind the scenes look at the Mexican Soccer League with today’s TwitPic of the day uploaded by @yosoy8a (Memo Ochoa goalie for team America of the Mexican League & team Mexico) the caption attached to it reads : Rumbo al estadio!!!! = On our way to the stadium!!! Referring to today’s América vs Querétaro match.

credit: http://twitter.com/yosoy8a

Mexican Pop Culture Icon to Cross Over


The iconic Mexican classic, a show near and dear to Mexicans, a total household name “El Chavo del Ocho” franchise is set to expand yet again. It all started with a live action comedy show back in 1971 , in 2006 an animated series ” El Chavo Animado” was released. The cartoon was produced by Roberto Gómez Fernández, son of writer/creator of  “El Chavo del Ocho” Roberto Gómez Bolaños. Gómez Fernández decided on the project as an homage to his father’s famous work, also he wished to pioneer one of the first animated series made in Mexico, based on a TV program.

The series consists of 100 episodes, and on August 26 will be entering its 4th season.  It is on the top 3 list for channel 5 on which it airs, competing with top contender Sponge Bob who has one of the best ratings among children’s programs. Now, an English version of animated “El Chavo” is next on the horrizon. 52 dubbed episodes are in the works, set to premier next year. The show’s staff are hard at work with colaborating voice over talents, and writers in figuring out just how to transmit that special, unequivocal “El Chavo” magical brand of entertainment. Due to cultural differences the staff is working on how to modify jokes, and adapt them for their new audience.

Lots of great stuff in store for the thriving franchise, the wide and positive response from the animated series gives way to an upcoming video game, set to be releases sometime in December. Along with an the release is an  El Chavo musical show set to open in December as well. The video game will be a  Nintendo DSi title with 52 mini games or “missions”. For the upcoming season: the show started with episodes based on storylines from the original live action series; the new season promises never before seen episodes and in HD.

New to El Chavo? Get to know this Mexican TV Classic. More Info about el Chavo

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

http://www.chavodel8.com/

Follow El Chavo on Twitter : @chavodel8com

To watch episodes of the live action series simply look up “Chavo del Ocho” on YouTube

More on this story

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/espectaculos/99992.html

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


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: