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13 Mexican Sayings that Sound Really Weird When They’re Translated Literally

When you grow up Mexican and bilingual, there are plenty of Spanish phrases that can totally get lost in translation, especially if you’re around friends who don’t speak Español. Trying to explain or translate them literally, you realize how ridiculous they sound. You know, stuff like this:

“¿A poco?”

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Literal translation: A little.

What it really means: You don’t say!?

How it sounds in Spanish:  Friend: “Estoy embarazada.” You: “A poco!?”

How it sounds if you translate it literally: Friend: “I’m pregnant.” You: “A little?”

“¿Qué pedo?”

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Literal translation: “What fart?”

What it really means: “What’s up?”

How it sounds in Spanish: “Te veo enojada… ¿que pedo?”

How it sounds if you translate it literally: “You seem upset. What fart with you?”

“Soltar un madrazo.”

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Literal translation: “A big mother.”

What it really means: To strike someone with force, usually on the head.

How it sounds in Spanish: “Dejate de burlarte de mis cejas o te voy a dar un madrazo.”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “You better stop teasing me about my eyebrows or I will release a big mother on you!”

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“Cuates.”

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Literal translation: Twins.

What it really means: Bros, buddies or compadres.

How it sounds in Spanish: “Mis cuates son buenos para tirar desmadre.”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “My twins really know how to party.”

“Sangrón.”

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Literal translation: Bloody.

What it really means: Annoying.

How it sounds in Spanish: “No puedo soportar a ese güey, es sangrón.”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “I can’t stand that fool, he’s so bloody.”

“¡Me vale madre!”

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Literal translation: It’s worth a mother.

What it really means: I don’t give a shit.

How it sounds in Spanish: “Ámame o odiame, me vale madre.”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “Love me or hate me, it’s worth mother to me.”

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“Por si las moscas.”

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Literal translation: In case the flies.

What it really means:  Just in case.

How it sounds in Spanish: “No pienso dormir en tu casa esta noche, pero voy a traer un par de calzones por si las moscas.”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “I’m not planning on spending the night, but I’m bringing an extra pair of chonies in case the flies.”

“Estoy encabronada / Estoy encabronado.”

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Literal translation: I have become a goat.

What it really means: Pissed off.

How it sounds in Spanish: “Ya se que me veo calmada, pero estoy encabronada.”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “I know I look chill on the outside, but I have become a goat on the inside.”

“¡Sepa la bola!”

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Literal translation: The ball knows.

What it really means:  I have no idea.

How it sounds in Spanish: “Todos preguntan de donde fulanita saca tanto dinero para comprar Gucci pirata y yo digo, ‘Sepa la bola.'”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “Everyone is always asking where fulanita gets the money to buy all that fake Gucci and I’m all, ‘The ball knows.'”

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¿Qué onda?

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Literal translation: What wave?

What it really means:  What’s up?

How it sounds in Spanish: “¿Que onda? ¿Ontan las muchachas?”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “What wave? Where the ladies at?”

“¡No mames!”

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Literal translation: Don’t suck.

What it really means:  No way! (But it can be used in so many ways)

How it sounds in Spanish: Friend: “Me aceptarón en Harvard.” You: “¡No mames!

How it would sound if you translated literally: Friend: “I just got accepted to Harvard!” You: “Don’t suck!”

“Estoy pedo”

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“¡Aguas!”

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Literal translation: Waters!

What it really means:  Watch out! Also: Be careful!

How it sounds in Spanish: “Aguas, ese perro es bravo.”

How it would sound if you translated literally: “WATERS, that dog is vicious!”

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The Internet Is Showing Its Love For Bad Bunny For Helping Us Get Through 2020 With These Incredible Memes

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The Internet Is Showing Its Love For Bad Bunny For Helping Us Get Through 2020 With These Incredible Memes

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It’s a simple fact: 2020 is the Year of Bad Bunny. El Conejo Malo has been everywhere – from epic SNL skits and moving performances on late night TV to the Billboard Hot 200 chart. And he’s been making history in the process.

Millions of fans have been stanning Bad Bunny so hard this year and it’s about time the reggaetónero from Puerto Rico gets the recognition he’s long deserved. And what does the Internet do when it wants to give that recognition? Well, it makes memes of course!

Here is a round up of some of the very best Bad Bunny memes that exist on the world wide webs:

Tell me where the lie is!

Hit after hit, bop after bop, Bad Bunny has delivered consecutive hits and I am here for each and every one of them. From ‘RLNDT’ and ‘NI BIEN NI MAL’ from X 100PRE to ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ and ‘Ignorantes’ on YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny has given us not one but two albums of the summer.

Same!

The song that launched a meme challenge!

From shocked abuelas and tías to disapproving mothers, ‘Safaera’ has turned into a viral hit – and it’s 100% a song that I can’t wait to dance to once we can hit the clubs once again.

I feel this all the way.

Tell me I’m lying!

Bad Bunny has taken 2020 by storm – and I stan so hard.

With all that’s going on in the world and with so many of us under stay-at-home orders, this meme couldn’t speak a louder truth. Bad Bunny has steamrolled society with not one but two albums in the span of a couple of months. But society is ready for it.

Pretty sure that if Bad Bunny so much as breathes, we all feel it.

I feel connected to him on a special level – he speaks to so many of us in so many ways that this meme might as well be true.

Have you not done this?

Yup, totally been here. Phone call from abuela? Not answering. Slack chat from boss? Ignore. Text from mom? Not replying.

Nothing comes between me and my YHLQMDLG listening time.

The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity in all of its glory: X 100PRE, Oasis, and YHLQMDLG. Though how it will look once we add in Las Que No Iban A Salir?!

People need to show some respect!

Yes, that’ all I’m asking for! A moment of respect. Please!

Bad Bunny is helping to heal the world – or at least holds me tight in those scary moments.

And this couldn’t be any more real! With so much going on in the world and all of the uncertainty, Bad Bunny has provided that much-needed comfort blanket that has held me close in all of these crises.

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This Racist ‘How’s My Form?’ TikTok Is Getting Teens Expelled From School Even Though They’re In Quarantine

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This Racist ‘How’s My Form?’ TikTok Is Getting Teens Expelled From School Even Though They’re In Quarantine

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Just when we thought racist promposals were over, TikTok’s latest challenge has come to put a damper on our day.

Despite being kept inside, high school students are still finding ways to get into trouble with their schools, enough to the point of being expelled. Recently a new trend on TikTok has seen teens leaning on racist tropes to gain popularity through a meme called “how’s my form?”

According to Daily Dot, two students so far have been expelled from school during this time thanks to their careless actions.

Last week, a YouTube user complied four minutes worth of TikToks following the trend and put it all into a video. Sadly, the clips are latent with harmful stereotypes. They also use the song “Yoga” by New York City rapper 645AR and end with the question, “How’s my form?”

One TikTok user created a video of one user asking Asians to rate his “form” on eating a bat. The video clearly backs the xenophobic and racist mindset that the coronavirus outbreak comes from people who are Asian.

Recently, one hero of a dad took his daughter to task for participating in. the racist trend.

After making a video mocking Black people and the Three-fifths Compromise, which gave a disproportionate representation of slave states in the House of Representatives until the American Civil War, a teen’s dad forced her to apologize to users online.

Sitting next to her father, who told users he did not condone racism in his house she explained “I didn’t mean for it to come off as racist even though, considering the context of it—I didn’t mean it like that,” the teen said tearfully in the clip. “I was just doing a TikTok trend, and my actions aren’t OK.”

Way to go, Papa.

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