Things Only Multicultural Latinos Will Understand


Growing up Latino in the U.S. can be a pretty amusing experience: navigating between Spanish and English (thankfully, we’ve also got Spanglish), teaching mami to dance hip-hop and your gringo friends how to move to bachata (or trying to, at least), and constantly comparing fast food con la comida de abuela. But what about those of us with parents from different Latin countries? Things can get a bit more interesante:

1. You know how to speak at least two types of Spanish.


You start your day with the Colombian “¿Qué pasó papito, si durmió bien?” and end it with “¿Qué onda, mijo? ¿Cómo te fue en la escuela?” Or maybe you mix your “dale” and “wepa” with an “hijole” from time to time.

2. You can’t decide which abuela’s cooking you like better.


Dad’s mom makes some mean pupusas, but you have never tried a better ceviche than your otra abuelita’s.

3. You have a pretty diverse record collection at your house.

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On Saturdays mornings, your mami blasts merengue while forcing you to mop the floors. At night, your dad has his boys over for tango and wine.

3. You live in three different time zones, at least.

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10 p.m. in L.A. = 11 p.m. in Nicaragua = 1 a.m. in Venezuela. And let’s not even think about daylight saving times.

4. “Traveler” is your middle name.


For Thanksgiving, your family travels to Queens to visit los primos, and then less than a month later, you’re celebrating Christmas in Santiago de Chile. You end the year burning año viejos in Quito.

5. Your parents’ arguments can get pretty interesting.

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Usually, they’re short and to the point because they don’t really understand each other’s slang.

6. You get to pick and choose!


Depending on who’s asking, you can be nicaragüense, panameño or Americano. Or all three!

7. You’ve basically made up your own language.

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A mix of “¿Qué bolá?,” “salir embalado” and “hanguear,” your lingo is Spanglish Reloaded.

8. You have the best of three worlds.


From mami’s pajón to papi’s love of baseball, you’re quite the awesome mezcla. Be proud!

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