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We’re Closing 2016 And People Are Still Doing These Things When Meeting Latinos

Here’s some solid advice to share with your non-Latino friends to keep them from putting their foot in their mouth when meeting a Latino family…

Saying the obvious Spanish words eeeeeveryone learned in pre-k doesn’t make anyone think you’re fluent.

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Unless you actually know the language, no Latino will be impressed by hearing someone say “hola” pronounced ho-la. Anyone who knows the language knows the “h” is silent.

Don’t make Latino jokes. Just don’t.

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“You Colombians make the best coke in the world” is not an ice breaker. Take it from a Colombian herself.

Don’t assume all Latinos are all Mexicans.

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C’mon, how many times do we have to go through this?

Drop the term Spanish.

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Spanish = paella, tapas, cañas and flamenco, all related to ONE country: Spain. Hispanic = from any Spanish-speaking country, including but not limited to Spain.

Don’t drink too much.

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Unless you’re actually used to drinking mezcal, aguardiente or ron cubano. Don’t try to keep up with someone else’s pace.

Eat all of your food.

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Someone’s mami spent countless hours in the kitchen prepping a glorious meal for you.

Avoid the topic of religion.

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It’s a touchy subject for everyone, but especially abuelita.

Learn who the family roots for.

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This can often times turn into a heated debate.

Don’t call anyone “papi” or “mami.”

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Even if they are, indeed, someone’s father or mother.


READ: 12 Things Your Parents Definitely Do When They’re Drunk

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9 Things That Happen When You Go Christmas Shopping With Mom

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9 Things That Happen When You Go Christmas Shopping With Mom

Christmas shopping can get real stressful real fast. Friends and loved ones can suddenly become your enemies. But shopping with mamá takes shopping to a whole other level…

1. You always leave later than you plan.

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You can only yell vamanos so many times before you really lose your temper on your ‘ma. But she has to gather her coupons, double check her lists, make sure papi has dinner in the oven, etc. You can’t really blame her.

2. Your mom always brings at least one tía along.

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CREDIT: DEMI LOVATO / GIPHY / TUMBLR 

You should’ve known it wasn’t just going to be a solo mother-daughter/son Christmas shopping trip. A tía always has to tag along and encourage your mom to buy way more than is actually necessary.

3. You run into your mom’s Zumba classmate & they talk for at least 20 minutes.

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CREDIT: THE MINDY PROJECT / HULU / GIPHY 

Or any of her other comadres.

And they’ll talk… And talk some more… AND THEY WON’T STOP TALKING. Why do they have this much to talk about? Why would they care this much about each other? IT IS TOO MUCH.

4. Your mom gets in a fight with the store employee over prices.

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Your mom doesn’t really take no for an answer, which is a trait you’ve quite honestly picked up on. If something is on the sale rack then, HONEY, IT IS ON SALE – even if it wasn’t supposed to be there.

After every Christmas shopping holiday excursion, you can’t help but feel a little bad for all those employees who suffered the wrath of mom.

5. No matter what, you always leave with a few Goya products for your own pantry.

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CREDIT: REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS / BRAVO / REALITYTVSMACK / GIPHY

Hey, you can never have too many bottles of Adobo seasoning! And while you’re at Target, you might as well pick up a few anyway.

6. She insists on getting you and your sisters matching pajamas.

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You know you’ll be apologizing to your sisters the day after Christmas, but you know if you try talking mom out of buying every one of them pajamas, she’ll talk your ear off all night.

7. You always leave with a random album.

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In my case, it’s Lola Beltrán. HEY, mom likes what she likes and you can’t blame her for that. But does she really need more ranchera music?! It’s not even a stocking stuffer for someone else; it’s 10000% for her.

8. On the bright side, you always stop for coquitos after.

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This is probably the best part about shopping with your ma; she knows that after the stress of long lines and crowded department stores, you both need to relax with some holiday libations. Which, of course, includes your fave: coquitos, baby!

9. You (miraculously) don’t kill each other.

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CREDIT: MAID IN MANHATTAN / SONY PICTURES / GIPHY / TUMBLR

At the end of the day, ma is ma. And she’s always there for you; just like how you’re always there for her when she’s yelling at the Macy’s employees about a sale.

That’s love ?.


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