vocabulary

You heard it, you said it, you know it.

PENDEJO. USE IT IN A SENTENCE. ERES UN PENDEJO.

There’s the Orange Pendejo, first of all, and that pendejo down the block who parks his ranfla like a baboso. Let’s not forget that pendeja on the train with the cheap perfume and those pendejos at the construction site who cat-call every time a mujer walks on by.

But what does PENDEJO mean, exactly? If you’ve ever looked it up, the dictionary says it means “pubic hair,” but how did that turn into “asshat” or “jerkface” or “_______?”

Let’s follow along with University of Texas Río Grande Valley Profe David Bowles: [Mas…]


Now it’s easy to learn the very same pinches palabras that all the chingonas say — con Maestra Salma Hayek. No mames! [NSFW words en ingles y en español tambien.]

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primos“Wow, it’s so cool you can speak Spanish,” people tell me after they hear me on the phone with my mom.

I say thanks and try to shrug it off, but I worry that letting them think that gives a mistaken impression.

I mean, yes. I can speak Spanish.

My parents taught me Spanish when I was growing up in California because it was the only language they had to give.

Like a lot of children of immigrants, I grew up in a Mexican immigrant bubble – my tias and tios spoke only Spanish. My baby primos spoke Spanish with me when we watched Plaza Sesamo and ate conchitas. [Mas…]


The Association of Prostitutes of Minas Gerais is teaching English to sex workers to help them deal with foreign customers. The state will host a match between Costa Rica and England and expects horny hordes of visiting futbol fans. Monday’s class, run by Igor Fuchs, was the last before today’s formal start of the games in Sao Paolo. [NSFW adult language and images.]

Along with normal conversational vocabulary, the students also learn words which might be used during encounters with clients. Sex work has been legal in Brazil since the year 2000.

Ex-Daily Show contributor John Oliver (Last Week Tonight on HBO) has some excellent World Cup coverage, too: [Mas…]


It is important that one pronounce “Chicano” properly, is it not, Sir?

PREVIOUSLY ON PRONUNCIATION: [Mas…]

A POCHO Public Service: Sh*t Salvadorans Say (video)

by Bronco del Camino July 22, 2013 Cultura
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With Salvadorans about to outnumber Cubans in America, it’s time to learn all we can about our new neighbors. From the land of pupusas comes this video which may help you get to know Salvadorans a little better. The Salvadoran world view runs from burros to putas to negros to picsa and, don’t forget, psh […]

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Happy Friday from @SaraChicaD! Es viernes, cabrones! (video)

by DEVIOUS DUDE July 12, 2013 Cultura
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POCHO Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón (@SaraChicaD on Twitter) is all about the TGIF! [Hover and click on the loudspeaker icon in the top left corner to hear the audio.]

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Pocho Palabra: So you think you have balls, w/ @SaraChicaD (video)

by BIG JUANS February 27, 2013 Cultura
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It’s a fine line between drawers and testicles, as POCHO Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón explains in this one-minute video. She’s @SaraChicaD on Twitter. PREVIOUSLY… Pocho Palabra: Don’t get knocked up, with @SaraChicaD (video) ‘Espeak & Espell’ with @SaraChicaD (video)

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Pocho Palabra: Don’t get knocked up, with @SaraChicaD (video)

by BAY B. BOMP February 20, 2013 Cultura
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It’s a fine line between being embarrassed and being pregnant, as POCHO Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón explains in this one-minute video. She’s @SaraChicaD on Twitter. Too late you say, you already are pregnant? Have we got a video for you!

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Cri-Cri, El Grillito Cantor: ‘La Marcha De Las Letras’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM October 12, 2012 Cultura
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Face it — you could use some remedial work on your Spanish vowels (las cinco vocales.) But when everyone’s favorite singing cricket is around, mijos, it’s easy! Cri-Cri is here with La Marcha De Las Letras. (Yes, we know about the flaca and the gorda and the letters I and O. This song is from […]

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It’s the bomb! Five-Second Films: ‘Vocabulario Explosivo’ (video)

by ROSETTA ESTONE July 5, 2012 Cultura
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Yup. You figured it out. A five-second-long explosive video meant to help your Spanish vocabulary. Click to play. What do you have to lose?  OK.  Five seconds of your life.  Eight seconds if you include the opening and closing credits.  And yet, having a good vocabulary is worth the time. Am I right, people? *applause*

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Dear Gorton’s: Thanks for the apology but …

by Bernadette Rivero February 21, 2012 Cultura
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Dear Gorton’s Seafood and Rinck Advertising: I am thrilled to the gills that you took the time to respond. I am a fan of your products, and hope that they reach many more households than mine. However, your response reveals exactly why you floundered in the first place. You mention that you “used a Spanish […]

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New from Gorton’s: Deliciosos Tits and Fishsticks! (updated)

by Bernadette Rivero February 17, 2012 Cultura
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So, what if I could find tits and fish sticks all in one place? A one-stop shop for all my breast and seafood needs? This is what’s on my mind today after Gorton’s fun website snafu. They launched a web page for Spanish-speaking Latina moms this week, and left one teeny tiny accent off a […]

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Pocho Ocho words that should be in the dictionary

by Sara Inés Calderón February 15, 2012 Cultura
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Sometimes finding the right word can be tricky, so you need to look them up. That’s why these eight pocho words need to go into the English dictionary: 8. Irregardless – That this word does not officially exist has never stopped anyone (including me) from using it. Why use regardless or irrespective when this one sounds […]

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