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Miguel Opens Up About Being Biracial And Gushes About His Mexican Abuelita’s Amazing Food – Which Is Way More Than Just Tacos

“Being Black Is A Different Thing”

Fresh off the set of “Live By Night” Miguel stopped by the Telemundo studios to talk about his role in the movie directed by Ben Affleck. In the film he plays Estéban Suárez, a rum trader from Cuba who owns a rum business with his sister Graciela. His sister is played by none other than Zoe Saldana who could probably pass as his sister in real life. Although the host interviewed Miguel in Spanish, Miguel tried his best to keep up. Hearing his family speak Spanish at home helps him understand the language, he said, and he’s working toward improving so he can Speak it better.

And while he’s working on perfecting his Spanish in real life, he actually had to work on thickening his accent in English for the movie to fit the profile of the Cuban character. For inspiration, Miguel revealed that he studied Desi Arnaz’s accent. (Those old enough remember him as Ricky Ricardo from “I Love Lucy.”)

Movie aside, Miguel talked about growing up bi-racial and gushed about having the best food growing up thanks to his Nana (abuelita). And he made it clear she makes way more than just tacos. But not everything was easy for him. As he says he experienced first hand, “being black is a different thing” in the United States.

The conversation got a little lighter as they continued walking through the hallways. The host asked Miguel if he grew up watching telenovelas to which he responded very excited by singing the theme song to “Luz Clarita.” Wildly random, but we take that as a yes.


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26 Spanish Words That Don't Technically Exist But We Use Them Everyday

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26 Spanish Words That Don’t Technically Exist But We Use Them Everyday

Being bilingual is a blessing – and confusing. What happens when you can’t exactly translate a word? You make up your own. Here are a few we’ve spanglishized and use all the time…

1. Chequear – to check something, like a reference.

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If you chequé the dictionary you will not find chequear.

2. Taggear – to tag someone on social media.

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Seriously? Taggear is becoming a word? What’s next, “posteando” statuses?

3. Yarda – a yard or lawn.

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“Mami, Luis and his friends won’t let me play en la yarda.”

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4. Flirtear – to flirt.

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It’s been so long since some flirted with me, but I’m pretty sure that isn’t the right word.

5. Estoquieando – stalking, you know, like most of us do.

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We also use this to talk about estoqueando on Instagram.

6. Marqueta – the market.

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This is lazy. Mercado is shorter and it’s umm the proper word.

7. Parquear – to park, usually like a boss.

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I’m almost there. Estoy parqueando.

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8. Chance (chan sey) – chance

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If you can’t make up a word just give the English word a Latino pronunciation. That usually does the trick.

9. Bloque – a neighborhood block.

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If only we all lived en el mismo bloque as Mr. Roger, we’d all have proper vocabulary. I’m just saying…

10. Bildin – a building.

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Or edificio. It isn’t that hard people.

11. Lonche – lunch.

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Abuelita: ¿Qué comiste para la lonche hoy, mija?

Me: Nada. And when did you learn lonche?

12. Mopear – to mop.

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I don’t even care that this word exists, tbh. Nothing can make this chore anymore fun. Call it what you want…like torture.

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13. Lockear – to lock.

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Because atrancar is so 2014.

14. Carpeta – a carpet.

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Wait? Haven’t we been making fun of people for making words Spanish by adding an ‘o’ to the end? When did we become just like them?

15. Vaquear – to vacuum.

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This is like mopear. I don’t care unless the word gets rid of the damn task all together.

16. Janguear – To Hang Out

Wanna janguear tomorrow with me?

17. Tanquear – To Put Gasoline In the Car

Tanquear, from “Tank”. Because saying “ I’m going to put gasoline in my car” is just too long.

18. Chores – Shorts

For some reason it just sounds cooler!

19. Gugliar – To Google

Come on, there had to be a Spanish word to Google!

20. Watchear – To Watch.

You can watchear TV or watchear your kids. So handy.

21. Frizado – FrozenI guess you could say “congelado”, but frizado is a bit shorter.

22. El Shopin – The shopping MallLet’s go shopping to the shopin’ !

23. Nintendo – Basically any console.

Technically, Nintendo exists but it is used incorrectly 90% of the time. Nintendo = Nintendo. PS3 = Nintendo. Gameboy = Nintendo.

24. Mixtear – To Mix

The word in Spanish is Mezclar , but mixtear is the perfect “mixt”

25. Catsup – Ketchup

Can you please put some catsup in my jo do (hot dog)?

26. Draggear – To Drag

Because “arrastrar” is so difficult to pronounce! Arrrrrastrar.

Be honest, how often do you use these words? Share this story with your friends so we can make this language mainstream, bro.

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