El Rey is a very popular mariachi song that almost every Mexican knows from memory, just like the Himno Nacional, Las Mañanitas, Las Golondrinas, or Cielito Lindo. This is Plácido Domingo’s version in Washigton, D.C. Yo sé bien que estoy afuera Pero el día en que yo me muera Sé que tendrás […] More
10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out (20)
Here are 10 common random idioms you may have trouble with if you hear them for the first time: Expression Approximate literal translation (what you might think you actually heard) Explanation ¿Cómo quieres que yo sepa? Lit: How do you want me to know? How do you expect me to know? la vía pública the […] More
Rudo y Cursi. Curse words throughout the movie.
One of my students wanted me to watch the movie Rudo y Cursi together with him. He speaks Spanish very well, even better than many native speakers, but he wasn’t familiar with Mexican swearwords. That was the reason he couldn’t understand the movie the first time he saw it. I had no idea what was […] More
Preposición para in a Coca Cola TV commercial.
Para ti, para mí, para ella, para él, para todos, para nadie…¡para vos! I hope this commercial in Spanish from Argentina made for Coca Cola Femsa, helps you understand one of the uses of the preposition para. Similar commercial with subtitles. (also Argentine accent). Cola in Spanish means cola, ass, […] More
Amores Perros. Lucha de Gigantes.
I saw the film Amores Perros together with one of my students. Below is one of the main soundtrack songs. Its name is Lucha de Gigantes, by the Spanish band Nacha Pop. The actual movie scene is too strong to embed on this website. It’s not for kids and it’s not for many people. […] More
Essential telenovela Spanish
If you want to try practicing Spanish by watching telenovelas, this is the essential vocabulary you need to know. ¿Qué hace Chuchito José Rodriguez de Anda y López en el cuarto de la sirvienta? What is Chuchito José Rodríguez de Anda y López doing in the maid’s room?. Yes, telenovela characters have many […] More
Un purasangre. 10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out (21)
Here are 10 common random idioms you may have trouble with if you hear them for the first time: Expression Approximate literal translation (what you might think you actually heard) Explanation a solas what? alone? privately acaramelarse, estar acaramelados (MX?) what? to coat with caramel to canoodle apantallar (MX) what? (la pantalla, screen) […] More
Dora la Exploradora.
In Spanish, many professions and adjectives end in -dor for males, but in -dora for females. So I think whoever named the character Dora the Explorer in English, knew that it was going to be very appealing in Spanish. The masculine form for this occupation is explorador. Now let’s imagine that Dora has some other […] More
Mission at Barnes and Noble.
One of my friends who wrote a book asked me to go to Barnes and Noble, find his book, and take photos of it so that he could put them on his Instagram profile. I didn’t think I was going to find it unless I went to the big one at Union Square, and I […] More
in Mexico, Translation, Video, Vocabulary
Pau’s AT&T commercial
This was an AT&T commercial on the Spanish television in the United States that we had to watch many times a day for months. My students at that time asked me to explain to them what this singer was saying. Pauliina Rubio singing Causa y Efecto, the song on the AT&T […] More
in Culture, Grammar, Translation, Vocabulary
Phrases and expressions that mean yes and no in Spanish.
I always wanted to make a list of words that mean yes and no. Here is part of it. Here are some negative and affirmative phrases that you will definitely hear in Mexican telenovelas. AFFIRMATIVE sí yes absolutamente absolutely afirmativo yes, but over radio communications, walkie-talkie, law enforcement, etc. claro of course claro […] More