Category Archives: Language

Today in Awkward Translations…

Even Google Translate knows that the best translation for “Dulce de leche” is caramel, but oh well…

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Meet Harry Poller: The Magician Behind Delicious Chicken

From the always-popular section Mexicans: How can anyone not like us? comes one of the world’s smartest name ever, spotted somewhere in Mexico, home of some of the most surreal (i.e. wondrous stuff I’ve ever seen.) Are you still not sure Mexico is … Continue reading

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How to NOT Market your ‘Mexican-Flavored’ Snacks

Spanish food conglomerate Frit Ravich might want to learn how to use mexicanismos when marketing their “Mexican-flavored” snacks. According to the packaging of these Mexican-flavored sunflower seeds, the taste of these babies will leave you shaking your maracas and playing … Continue reading

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The Hispanic Star Joins Nonsensical Trend of Putting an ‘Ñ’ where it Doesn’t Belong

Remember that nonsensical trend of putting “eñes” where they don’t belong just to make something look –and sound– more authentically “Latino?” Well, it looks like salsa makers and Hispanic journalists organizations are not alone in this thing. The latest to … Continue reading

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Pro-Trump Super PAC Thinks this Ad Is in Spanish

A Spanish-language pro-Trump TV ad running airing in Florida, has been highly criticized by democrats for its intent on “dividing Black and Latino communities over Joe Biden’s possible pick of a Black running mate.” What many have yet to see … Continue reading

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No, Trader Joe’s; I Don’t think Trader José Is Racist 🙄

In the latest sign that fighting racism in America is not really going to the heart of the problem, Trader Joe’s this week said it will be removing names such as Trader José’s, Arabian Joe’s and Trader Ming’s that critics … Continue reading

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This Book Wants you to Find Frida the Same Way you Find Waldo

What better way to celebrate Frida Kahlo’s upcoming birthday than… by making a book to find her as we go about finding Waldo? Publisher Laurence King is busy promoting Find Frida, a new book by Catherine Ingram (illustrated by Laura … Continue reading

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Tired of Boring Rosé? How about a Luchador Cabernet?

Still stuck at home with plenty of time to try novelty beverages? How about playing Lotería while you sip some local wine? Using the tagline “This is not your abuela’s wine,” a California winery is peddling what seems to be … Continue reading

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When English Translations and Mexico City Collide

Speaking of my homecountry –and awesome translations– I give you this CDMX pesero, whose owner has earned a spot on this blog for being exactly what he claims to be: The More Dick –presumably “El más verga.” Go ahead and … Continue reading

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Is Duolingo not Helping your English Practice?

Did you buy all the Inglés sin Barreras audiobooks or downloaded apps like Duolingo but nothing helps to improve your English skills? Worry not! In this practical manual for the good use of the English language, the Lord himself comes … Continue reading

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Mexicans Are Selling a ‘Mystic Candle’ to Fight Off Coronavirus

The above candle is being sold as a “mystic product” and it promises to protect us from the evils of coronavirus. In fact, according to the owner of this establishment in Tabasco, all you have to do is light it … Continue reading

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Why Kmart Needs to Hire a Competent, Bilingual Copywriter

Picture this. A two-piece comfy sofa; a soothing image of a lake and a small, deserted beach on the background; a pitcher of delicious ice-tea and then your lovely mom … sucking someone –or being sucked by someone– for some … Continue reading

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Snoop Dogg Drops Banda Single ‘Qué Maldición,’ Because it’s 2020 and Everything’s Weird

I don’t know what to think, really, but why not? Snoop Dogg and Banda Ms on Friday released Qué Maldición, a long awaited collaboration between America’s famed pothead and the Sinaloa insanely popular band. It’s by far the weirdest Anglo-Latin … Continue reading

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Here’s The Star-Spangled Banner in Spanish Honoring Hispanics Fighting COVID-19

Ever wondered what The Star-Spangled Banner sounds like in Spanish? Well, look no further than El Pendón Estrellado, the “only official Spanish-language translation” of the national anthem allowed to be sung, according to The Smithsonian. The translation into Spanish of the … Continue reading

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Inspired by Mexico, a Chicago Bakery Is Now Making its Own Conchavirus

Well, that didn’t take long. Barely a couple of days after this VERY INFLUENTIAL BLOG first reported on the Iztapalapa conchavirus, a small bakery in Chicago is now making their own version. “We wanted to turn a negative into a … Continue reading

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