Are you traveling to Mexico? Worried that your Spanish might be different from the Spanish that is spoken in Mexico? No worries!
Mexican of the week:
1) Mexican Spanish: seguido
Peninsular Spanish: a menudo
In English: often
2) Mexican Spanish: ustedes
Peninsular Spanish: vosotros
In English: you (familiar, pl)
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These pages will hopefully help you learn the basic Mexican Spanish you need to know to get around and to enjoy your trip.
Have you been to Mexico?
If you have previously traveled to Mexico with little knowledge of the Spanish language then you probably know exactly how hard it is to get by. On the other hand, it is one of the most valuable experiences to actually go out there and learn from real situations and to learn by doing mistakes.
Learn some Mexican Spanish right now:
Friday 6. Jan 2012
1) Mexican Spanish: ¿Qué tan graves son los dados?
English: How serious are the damages?
2) Mexican Spanish: ¡Orale, güey!
English: Right on, dude!
3) Mexican Spanish: Será publicado hasta fines de año.
English: It will not be published until the end of the year.
4) Mexican Spanish: Cierran hasta las nueve.
English: They don’t close until 9 o’clock.
5) Mexican Spanish: ¿Qué tan buen cocinero eres?
English: How good a cook are you?
6) Mexican Spanish: ¿Qué tanto cuesta?
English: How much does it cost?
7) Mexican Spanish: ¿Mande?
English: (beg your) pardon?
8) Mexican Spanish: Ahorita
English: used to say something should happen within an
indeterminate, largely context-dependent period of time.
Why is Mexican Spanish important?
Mexican Spanish is hugely important, due to the economic and strategic importance of the country. There are some crucial differences that you need to know between the Spanish that is spoken in Spain and the Spanish that is spoken in Mexico. Hence, with so many Mexicans on the planet, I believe that while learning Spanish you should always keep an eye on the particularities of the language spoken in that part of the world!
About Mexican Spanish:
As it happens, the Spanish language is spoken by hundreds of millions of people all over the world. And everywhere it is spoken in a slightly different variation. This is not to say that Mexicans and Argentines don’t understand each other. But what it does mean is that there are words you use in one place, that you simply don’t use in another place. Mexican Spanish has assumed quite an important role in the Spanish speaking AND the English speaking world due to the proximity of Mexico with the USA.
The Spanish language came to Mexico by means of being a Spanish colony. The Spanish spoken in Spain then evolved differently from the Spanish spoken in Mexico. This is why there are words, phrases and expressions in Mexican Spanish, that are not commonly used, or sometimes totally unknown to people from Spain.
This site is an attempt to collect all the features of Mexican Spanish that are different from the Spanish spoken in other places.
Feel free to contribute to the collection as it should be ever expanding.
Happy Spanish learning!
Saludos, the Mexican-Spanish Team
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To get an overview of what Mexican Spanish means and where it comes from you can start by looking at the Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Spanish
Mexican Spanish comes in most useful when you are traveling to the country or when you have business relations there. A site that can help you with a lot of background information for planning your trip and for many other things is this one: http://www.mexico.com/
The Guadalajara Language centre, http://www.glc.com.mx/, will be a useful stopping point for you if you are trying to learn Mexican Spanish or simply brush up the Spanish you already know.
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This site already has a superb collection of Mexican slang, but you can never learn enough. That’s why we have included this next site that always has something in store with reference to the Mexican Language: http://www.learn-spanish.com.mx/spanish-phrases/slang/
It is very interesting to follow the history of the language in Mexico, since it has evolved not only from the moment the ‘conquistadores’ entered the country, but even before that with its native Mayan and indigenous languages. Wiki provides more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Mexico
For the curious, here is an interesting thread about the topic of whether Mexican is a language of its own, or whether it is really just a variation of Spanish. You decide for yourself: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100329185359AA1J7mF