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Job Opportunity in Mexico! –Millennials, Please Abstain

Per the above sign, a Mexican small business owner is seeking an “experienced” female employee for a nondescript position. Applicants must be adults and not addicted to social media, including Whatsap [SIC] and [Facebok.] Filing under: Mexicans, How can anyone not like us?

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Spanish 101 for English-Speaking People

Challenged by some very unorthodox methods to teach English to Latinos (such as this one and this other one) Mexicans have come up with yet the most creative way to teach Spanish to English speaking people (i.e. mostly gringos.) All … Continue reading

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‘Inglish’ Only? Why not ‘Espanish’?

Hialeah High School is offering free ‘Inglish’ lessons, which is, like, great. But why not other languages? How about Frinch? Jerman? Espanich? That would be so great!

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Google Translate Welcomes you to the ‘Clitoris Festival’

Well, this was awkward. Officials in the small Galician town of As Pontes wanted to invite Spanish-speakers to a festival celebrating one of its culinary traditions, the grelo or rapini (aka as broccoli rabe.) But, since apparently nobody in the 11,000-town spoke any Spanish, festival organizers turned … Continue reading

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French Café Google Translates Menu. Hilarity Ensues

The owners of the Café Cordial in Paris’ Opera District are very nice people. Not only do they make sure to mumble some English words for the crowds of American visitors who show up there everyday without speaking a word of French; but … Continue reading

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Happy Hours: Because the French are Better at Everything

As if I needed another reason to love France: Restaurants and cafés here offer Happy Hours, because, really, who needs only one? Vive La France! Photo: Laura Martínez, Paris 2015

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Gringos Might Have Cupcakes, but Mexicans Have ‘Cupcaky’

Awwww, Mexico! Not content with inventing the Coc Nuts Coold the Apelbii’s and the Crossfit Taquería among many other binational wonders, Mexico is now introducing a new concept in sugary treats: The cupcaky, which I can only guess is a … Continue reading

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This Beauty Salon in Harlem Will Work on your Eyes ‘Bronw’

Photo: Laura Martínez

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The National Pork Board Wants Hispanics to be Inspired by Pork

The national organization known as the National Pork Board this week launched a Spanish-language version of its popular Pork Be Inspired website, inexplicably called Pork te inspira. And I say “inexplicably,” because as any bilingual person will tell you, cerdo or puerco would be … Continue reading

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I Want to be Friends with Whoever Translated this Thing

After almost eight years of blogging about the wonderful world of Spanish-language media, marketing and pop culture, I’ve come across all kinds of weird, poor, lazy, bad and terrible translations from English to Spanish and viceversa. Some are plain silly, others are just hilarious. But this one … Continue reading

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Burlington Coat Factory Lures Hispanic Shoppers with Typos

I think it’s nice of retailers to include Spanish-language signage in their stores. But if they are going to go the extra mile to include accents, they would be well advised to check a dictionary. That shouldn’t be that hard, … Continue reading

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I Hope This Company Never Markets to U.S. Hispanics

…Unless it decides to change its name, of course. Hat tip: John Trainor (Chicago)

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“Cocnuts Coold”… How Can Anybody not Love Mexico?

Photo: Laura Martínez, Isla Mujeres, 2013  

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Nescafé Needs to Wake Up and Smell the Accents

If Nescafé Latino was going to be so rigorous as to put an accent over capital letters (i.e. “vacía”) it would have been well advised to do the same over “ESTE,” just not to confuse “East” with “To be.” I’m … Continue reading

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In Texas, ‘Prosecuteded’ is Spanish for ‘Prosecuted’

Photo: Sergio Romero

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