Advanced Spanglish: Explaining the Etymology of "La Chilena"

You know that picture. It brings back painful memories. But take your anxiety medications or sip some wine (not both), and get ready for another soccer-Spanish lesson.

Last time we opened up our Spanglish pocket-sized dictionary, we focused on a young hotshot United striker by the name of Javier Hernandez. I explained the crucial difference between the palomitas you eat at the movies, the palomitas that plague city parks, and the palomitas (diving headers) that the Young Mexican scores. We now focus on another United striker, slightly older.

And the curious Spanish name for his wonder-strike. Continue reading “Advanced Spanglish: Explaining the Etymology of "La Chilena"” »

Advanced Spanglish: Munching On Palomitas

That’s right – you know the infamous Bush pic. It’s a time for some learn’in, ya here! Today’s lesson plan is courtesy of Javier Hernandez, the Mexican goal-scoring sensation whose apodo (nickname) is “Chicharito.” Chicarito means little pea. How did he get the nickname?

Well, for those of you not in the know, Hernandez actually descends from a long line of Mexican footballing aristocracy. His grandfather and dad both played for Chivas, a Mexican league club based in Guadalajara and usually one of the top teams. Usually. His dad, also named Javier Hernandez, was nicknamed “Chicharo” during his playing days because of his green eyes, a rarity down South.

So what more can we learn from this little pea? Continue reading “Advanced Spanglish: Munching On Palomitas” »

Intermediate Spanglish 106: La Prueba

Well, class, this is it. This is the moment of truth – I will finally see which of you rabblerousers have been prestando atencion (paying attention), and which ones have been skimming the text in hopes of cool videos. This is the ultima clase (last class) in your nascent Spanglish careers. Well, at least official class. I still promise some filthy spanglish from time-to-time, and with Dieguito going to South Africa, count on youtube updates by-the-minute. But still, the tears…the tears just aren´t coming.

Please keep your lapices (pencils) on your escritorios (desks) and refrain from beginning the prueba (exam) until time is called.  Scratch that – this is an open note, collaborative exam. Please post your answer in the comments section for everyone else to see. But beware – wrong answers will be ridiculed. Continue reading “Intermediate Spanglish 106: La Prueba” »

Intermediate Spanglish 105 – Get Ofensiva

Okay, so the last lesson we did on the offensive part of the pitch was a bit short. Still, the distinction between “gol” and “gooooool” and “golaaaaaazo” is an important one. But I once again heeded to your calls, and this lesson will focus on goalscoring. More specifically, how exactly one scores a goal. Well, “tu pateas una pelota o la cabeceas” – you kick a ball or head it. So simple!

I begin with one of my all time favorite terms, the “churrigol.” Let´s speculate on the etymology. A “churrito” is a delicious pastry with cinnamon and creamy, sugary powder. I know what you´re thinking – this sneezy old professor always gets sidetracked and can´t relate to the young people. YES, I know that churrito is commonly used to describe a burrito purchased at chipotle´s. But that is just plain wrong. Okay…a compromise – when hanging out with your white middleschool-aged friends you can use the word like that. But only occassionally. Continue reading “Intermediate Spanglish 105 – Get Ofensiva” »

Intermediate Spanglish 104 – La Derrota

If the taste of victory is sweet, then the sabor [taste] of defeat is amargo [bitter]. For this lesson, we will focus on a very sensitive subject – how you feel when your team loses. And no, you are not an eternally cheery optimist.

We begin with a close look at exactly how your team lost. Was it a low-scoring, close game? Well then, at least it was apretado. Or did your team get crushed? In Spain, those wily siesta sleepers say ¨darle un buen baño.” Literally, ¨give them a good bath.” The etymology is unclear, but let´s remember that basic hygiene began in the Americas, not Iberia. Continue reading “Intermediate Spanglish 104 – La Derrota” »

Intermediate Spanglish 103 – "Joven" People

We´ve complained about refs, learned a few songs, but now we turn to the reason middle-aged men obsess over sports: the young people.

Take your eyes off your “panza” (gut), put down the cerveza for a few minutes, stop stroking the few “pelitos” (little hairs) which grace your “pelon” (bald) head, and recall a time when you could run 200 meters without coughing up a lung. And now, after a moment of reflection, we begin. Continue reading “Intermediate Spanglish 103 – "Joven" People” »

Intermediate Spanglish 102 – Los Fans

The people have clamored for more interactive lesson-planning. You are bored of reading my writing. It’s okay. I’m not offended. Not in the slightest. I had a good cry or two, but I’m over it. You, the student-consumer are always right. Plus I also found some fantastic supporters videos courtesy of Miguel of El Batallon, a Houston Dynamo fan group. Continue reading “Intermediate Spanglish 102 – Los Fans” »

Intermediate Spanglish 101- El Diez

The groundwork has been laid, the foundation solidified, and we bravely move on to advanced Spanglish! A note: I am seriously considering producing certificates of completion for all the loyal students – of course I will have to come up with an exam to verify that you actually read the articles. For new readers, please peruse the basic courses before continuing. Continue reading “Intermediate Spanglish 101- El Diez” »

Spanglish 106: Vulgaridades! Mentira…

Okay class, some troublemakers have come whining that my Spanish is neither filthy nor officially exiled from the Real Academia. You want to know the dirty stuff? The truly filthy stuff? The stuff which your highschool Spanish teacher understands – and it makes the hair on his neck stand on end? Here are a few links. But that is all you will get from me. For now. Continue reading “Spanglish 106: Vulgaridades! Mentira…” »