Chiva’s “Chicharito” Hernandez signs with Manchester United


Javier “El Chicharito”= “the little pea”  Hernandez, this young striker from the Mexican Soccer Leauge is on fire! He’s a 3rd generation Chiva both his grandfather & father played for the illustrious team.  Armed with unbelievable skills, and ardent determination at such a young, he’s unmatchable.  The amazing striker has contributed  to his team having a great season, and becoming “Super Leader” for the current Bicentennial Tourney 2010, that’s not all! He has been called to join the forces of the Mexican national team, and now he’s making it  across the pond!  Way to go Chicharito!

Our young “Chicharito”Hernández has become the first Mexican & first Chiva element to enroll with the Manchester United team.  During the press  conference,with notable emotion and appreciative smiles he thanked the English institution for the opportunity and vowed to extol the name colors of both Chivas and Mexican Soccer.

For more info on Chicharito you may visit  http://www.manutd.com/ ,   http://www.chivascampeon.com/

“Chicharito”has made waves with club and country and found himself on the radar with several European clubs like PSV and reigning Bundesliga champs Wolfsburg. “Chicharito” (The Little Pea) was nicknamed after his father, Javier Hernández who was part of Mexico’s 1986World Cup team alongside Hugo Sánchez, Tomás Boy, Carlos Hermosillo, and Luis Fernando Tena.” from -www.simplyfutbol.com

Show your support by following “chicharitoaltri” or “Chivas” , or “MUFootballClub” on Twitter you can also send your congrats and comments onhttp://www.facebook.com/Chivas

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.

Mexican WOW


Check out the two newest commercials released in honor of Mexico’s bicentennial, featuring the states of Oaxaca & Sinaloa. In case you are wondering, the songs in the commercials are in Mexican indigenous languages, aren’t they beautiful?!

Featured sights:
SINALOA-
“El Chepe” Train
Topolobampo’s Port
Altamura Island
OAXACA-
The Water Boils/Boiling Water, Petrified Water Falls
Historical St John the Baptist’s Convent
Archeological Zone, Mount Alaban
Get free wallpapers featuring the beautiful scenery found in the videos:

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.

Mexican soccer: Showing support for “Chava”


Cool slide show, pictures of  The Mexican Soccer league showing their support for player Salvador “Chava” Cabañas, who received a gunshot wound to the cranium on Jan 25 while relaxing at a bar with his wife and brother-in-law. Fans, players, and club staff alike showed their support by the dedication of messages.

TO WATCH SLIDE SHOW VISIT:

http://www.televisadeportes.com/fotos/salvador-cabanas-apoyo-aficion/17490

In case you don’t read Spanish here are some translations of the messages:

From teams-

Famous rival team for America,(Chava’s team) Team Chivas wrote: “Rivalry on the field solidarity off the field. Come back soon Chava” ,

“Chava, team Indios and the state of Chihuahua are with you.”

“Chava you’re going to be Ok”- Player Omar Bravo’s shirt.

“Fight with all your strength Chava, we are with  you.”- Team Queretaro,

“Chava get well soon!”- Team Tigres,

“Strenght Chava, team Cruz Azul is with you!”

Fans-

“Let’s go Chava you can do it! ”

“Because you showed me true love exists, I am blue & gold,I’m with you Salvador”

“The Jungle(nickname for Chiapas famous for its jungles)is with you Cabañas”

Mexican Online Radio


I recently ran across a great webpage that has a list of links to all kinds of  radio stations from all across Mexico.  Keep up with latest news, en vogue music, find fun variety programing,you can even listen to university radio stations, & much more!  Whether you speak Spanish and are looking to keep in touch with what going on with Mexico, or are learning Spanish and looking for a cool and fun way to sharpen your listening/comprehension skills, or maybe you just want to learn about a new culture or get into a new type music . Or if you’re Mexican & want to keep up with the latest in your state, or  hometown… etc  Here is your fix my friends!

The link is:

http://www.mexico-radio.com

Ok, Once you are on the page, you will find a list on the left side(it will be under the bright orange button that says Mexico). This  is a list of all the Mexican States A-Z. Once you click on a state a list of all the stations that belong to that state will drop down. *To listen to Mexico City radio stations click on  “Distrito Federal” first, then “Cd. de Mexico” (which stands for Ciudad de Mexico= Mexico City).  After you choose the State & city you want to listen to, a list with the different media player(windows, real, iTunes, “otro” = other) options will appear in the middle of the page.  Clicking “Web” is the easiest, because it automatically directs you to the radio station’s webpage & that will most likely have a media player already broadcasting. This won’t work for all so you might have to fiddle a bit & choose a  media player that’s right for you. If a connection is down, or there’s some compatibility issues, don’t despair keep trying or switch to another station , the choices really are plentiful & it’s not that hard to get it going in a matter of seconds.

Ok ,well hope you guys finds this post : cool, informative, and helpful. ENJOYNESS MUCH!!  =)

Mexico’s “Bicentennial Stars” commercials


Gorgeous, artistic, breathtaking, cinematography. Pristine shots filled with elegance, that tell a mesmerizing  story.  These are the commercials produced by tv network Televisa to commemorate Mexico’s Bicentennial celebration this year. The stunning commercials showcase all that is Mexico, its: beguiling people, its enthralling culture, luxurious natural resources, awesome geography, it’s  colorful, inviting flora, it’s rich & remarkable fauna….  In a word: its bewitching, miraculous, unique Magic. So far the first two commercials released feature the states  Tamaulipas & Chihuahua.
Among the Places showcased in these two videos :
Samalayuca Desert (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)
Basaseachi’s Waterfall  (Copper Canyon, Chihuahua)
Bocatoma, “The Sky” Biosphere Reserve (Gomez Farias,Tamaulipas)
Morales Lake (Soto la Mariana ,Tamaulipas)
“The Barracks” Grotto (Aldama ,Tamaulipas)
“The Lush one”/ “Grassy One”  Natural deposit of spring water (Aldama, Tamaulipas)
They ran ads announcing open auditions for these commercials, I think. How awesome would it be to participate in such a beautiful, meaningful project!  If I lived in Mexico I would have so gone to the auditions.