Questions about regionalisms and other peculiarities of the variety of Spanish spoken in Mexico.

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Is there a Spanish word for “Tada!”?

Do Spanish speakers use the word "Tada!" or is there another, better one? I am particularly interested in Mexican Spanish. You use it when something is transformed or revealed. For example, when you ...
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What does “cuate” mean?

Reading an answer I saw a reference to the word "cuate", used in Mexico: (...) es como amigos o compadres. Wordreference translates it to "mate", "pal", "buddy" and RAE also has references to ...
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Carga lingüística de “pariendo chayotes”

Sea el siguiente ejemplo: Tengo demasiado trabajo, no sé como voy a hacer todo, estoy pariendo chayotes. Siempre me ha gustado la expresión pariendo chayotes, se me hace muy chistosa. ¿Qué ...
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What is a good English translation for the proverb “La mentira dura, mientras la verdad llega”? [closed]

Please critique my translation: “A lie survives till the truth arrives.” I want to use it as an epigraph (in a book), so it needs to sound punchy in English too.
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What is the definition / what are the boundaries of “Mainland Mexico”?

I am considering writing a series of "Best Places to Retire" books, with the first one being about Baja California. If it goes well, I may follow up with one for Costa Rica, one for Panama, and one ...
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¿Qué significa “como agua para chocolate”?

I know that "como agua para chocolate" means "like water for chocolate". And I am aware that it is a novel (and there is film made after the novel), which has it's origin in Mexico. But, I heard it ...
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Terminación “-atis” en lugar de “-aste” en México

La banda sonora original del juego GTA V incluye un tema interpretado por "Don Cheto" en la que el estribillo dice: ¿Por qué te tatuatis?, ¿Por qué te pintatis? refiriéndose a ¿Por qué te ...
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¿Qué significa “nadie pela la plata a los dientes”?

Me dicen que "nadie pela la plata a los dientes" es una expresión mexicana pero no sé que significa. ¿Me podrían por favor explicar su significado?
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Whats the meaning of mexican expresions [closed]

Whats the meaning of these Mexican expresions? te me vas !!! nadie me va a agarrar de su puerquito ! I heared it in a spanish telenovela but i did not understand what they mean.
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¿Es lo mismo “platicar” que “conversar” o “hablar”?

Estaba viendo ayer un vídeo de un programa de televisión de México y me fijé que usaban con frecuencia "platicar" para refererise a "hablar" o "conversar". Consulté el DRAE y vi la siguiente ...
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¿Qué es un “pasón” en México?

Estaba escuchando una canción algo gamberra de Molotov llamada "Parásito" del disco Apocalypshit (no sé si la historia me absolverá) y escuché lo siguiente: Subieron la mota, también el alcohol ...
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How would a US-teenage boy address his mom?

I'm writing a novel. One of the characters is a U. S. born teenage boy (living in Texas) whose mother is Mexican. Which of the following words would be more suitable for the boy to address his mom ...
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¿Cómo se abrevia Distrito Federal al mencionar México?

Estaba leyendo la respuesta de Jose Maria a ¿Cuál es la historia de la palabra “chilango”? cuando me fijé en la parte de: Yo añadiría que ser chilango no es solamente nacer en el D.F., sino que ...
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¿Cuál es la historia de la palabra “chilango”?

En México se utiliza el término "chilango" para referirse a las personas originarias del Distrito Federal. ¿Cuál es la historia de la palabra "chilango"? ¿De dónde se origina?
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Why does Colombian sound so different from Mexican?

I don't speak Spanish, but I noticed that Colombian Spanish (as in the TV series "Narcos") and Mexican Spanish sound very different (like Japanese and Chinese). I doubt that I notice any subtle ...
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¿La frase “donde mismo”, es correcta?

Hace unos días, platicando con unos compañeros, se llegó a la discusión de si la frase "donde mismo" es correcta o no. El contexto es el siguiente: Se encuentran dos amigos después de no verse ...
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Que significa la frase: “me mama´s morra”?

Me gustarías saber que significa la frase: me mama´s morra/ me mamas morra Es algo feo o es una expresión en sentido positivo? Creo que este tipo de frases se usa solo en America Latina-...
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The correct translation for “ Casa de los Perros”

What is the correct way to say "Casa de los Perros"" 1 .- House of Dogs 2 .- House of the Dogs. Here is a link to the page with a photo of Casa de los Perros
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Difference between Mexican Spanish and Spanish? [closed]

What are the main difference between South American Spanish and Spanish ?
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¿En qué parte de México se usa expresión “a wi wi”?

A: ¡Hola, amiwoo! Kiuvas? B: ¡De perlas! ¿Qué haciendo? B: Viendo una peli y ¿tú? A: ¡A wi wi! Escuchando a Maná. Me gustaría saber en que parte de México se usa la expresión a wi wi ...
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Meaning of “Cueros de rana.”

Most of the Spanish I learn is of the Mexican slang variety but I'm not sure I quite understand this one. Can anyone explain the meaning/origin or contextual usage of "Cueros de rana?" I am told ...
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What do you call Pork Butt used to make Carnitas?

Pork Butt is a cut of meat from the upper part of the shoulder. It is also known (in the US) as Boston Butt, or (in the UK) Pork Shoulder on the bone. It is the cut of meat traditionally used to ...
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What is the meaning of “poner a huevo” in Mexican Spanish?

So a Mexican friend of mine told me that "a huevo" means something like "of course" in English, but is a vulgar way of saying it -- I guess because "huevo" means "testicles". I'm just wondering how ...
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Spanish for “breasts” [closed]

I have heard the following words in various contexts: seno, pecho, busto, mama, chichi, teta. I want to understand what the finer differences in nuances are among their usage while referring to ...
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“Antojarse” vs “tener ganas de”

I always knew that tengo ganas de is the way you translate "feels like" into Spanish. For example: Tengo ganas de ir al cine I feel like going to the movies But today, I came across the ...
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Zipper: “cierre” vs “cremallera”

Both mean zipper but which one is prevalent in regular speech? Is there any subtle difference between the words as in the type of zipper they refer to? I am particularly interested in Mexican usage.
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“Gafas” vs “anteojos” vs “lentes” vs “espejuelos” in mexican Spanish

Four different words, same meaning. Both according to Wiktionary as well as Google Images. Which one's preferred in regular speech in Mexico? I don't want to know what official dictionaries or RAE say....
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Is “chándal” a commonly used term in Mexico and the rest of Latin America?

I was looking for ways to translate "tracksuit" or "windbreaker" and came across cortaviento and chándal. Which one of the two is preferred in Mexican or Latin American spanish?
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“Calzas” vs. “medias”

What's the difference? The dictionary says both mean socks or stockings. If they really refer to the same thing, what's the regional usage for Mexico and Latin America in general?
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Difference between “regüeldo” and “eructo”

Both translate as burp or belch. Although each might have other connotations as well, I am only interested in the Spanish for a burp. What's the difference and if it's just dialectical, which one of ...
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Is “Arcilla” for “Clay” used only in Spain (or only used outside of Mexico)?

My name is Clay. A Mexican friend finds the name somewhat amusing: as if somebody were named "Dirt," I guess. He said my equivalent name in Mexico would be "Barro." I find that "Arcilla" also means "...
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Usage of the word Zarigüeya

I know that Mexico uses tlacuache, but by action of the TV zarigüeya is entering to Mexico, so I'm curious about the countries were the word is actually used. I'd like to know if there are countries ...
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Etymology of alipús

Alipús is the word for booze in Mexico but I don't understand where it comes from. To me it sounds like an Arabic loanword but that's just a wild guess. So far I haven't been able to find its ...
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How to Quickly Determine if a Text is in Castilian or Latin-American Spanish

I am learning Spanish for use in Mexico, and not Castilian (European Spanish). I frequently run into Spanish instruction books and other texts that I would like to purchase. My question is, what are ...
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“aljibe” vs “pozo”: what's the difference?

Both seem to be words for a well or a shaft. Google Images shows similar pictures for both words. So I am confused if there really is any difference between them at all. Is it just a matter of ...
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Cempasúchitl vs maravilla

I was reading about the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico and learned that the yellow marigold flower is a central theme in its celebrations. And I also read that it's traditionally called by its ...
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What does “aha te quiero” mean? [closed]

So my girlfriend is Mexican and naturally speaks Spanish and so I see her get this message from a guy who she says is her best friend which reads "aha te quiero :* :*" I don't know Spanish very well ...
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Best ways to say “on short notice”?

I'm looking for idiomatic expressions (particularly from Mexico and other parts of Latin America) to say things like "Sorry for telling you about this at/on such short notice." ... that is, how do ...
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“Tener tiempo” vs “Llevar tiempo”

Yo aprendí (en México) decir "Tener tiempo." Ejemplos: Tengo mucho tiempo sin ir al cine. ¿Cuanto tiempo tienes sin ir al cine? (a menudo abreviado: ¿Cuanto tienes sin ir al cine?) ...
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Does “El Buscado” make sense as a loteria card?

I am designing some variations on loteria cards, and I need one that means "The Wanted" (like an outlaw). Would "El Buscado" be understood and sound correct to a Spanish speaker? "El Hombre Buscado" ...
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What words are typically used to refer to vehicles and deliniate between types of vehicles in Latin America [closed]

I would like to know the words for cars, trucks, vans, pickups, and SUVs in regular Mexican usage. I know car is carro, but is that what a typical Mexican is most likely to use too?
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“Se me ha pasado de volada” - ¿Mal dicho?

Una amiga en México siempre me decía que andaba tan ocupada que el tiempo «se le había pasado de volada». Entiendo el significado implicado pero al realizar una búsqueda en Google (Al Googlearlo ...
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De donde se origina la expresion “echar aguas”?

En programas de television, y recientemente al interactuar con la gente en mi viaje a Mexico, vi que la expresión de "echar aguas" es muy popular, al parecer solo en la cultura mexicana. De donde se ...
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Does “parientes” ever mean “parents,” or is it always “relatives”?

I have two friends who speak Spanish; in the case of one, he grew up in Mexico; in the case of the other, his parents spoke Spanish at home when he was young. They both say that "parientes" means "...
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Palabras del animal: puerco, cochi, cerdo

Hay varias palabras que he encontrado para referirse a un animal, pero no entiendo cuando se use cual. ¿Cómo se distinguen los significados de: puerco, cochi y cerdo? Pido respuestas que pertanezan ...
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How to refer to an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in speech?/¿Cómo referirme a una Embajadora Plenipotenciaria al hablarle?

I live in Mexico and yesterday I phoned Romania's Embassy asking for information on whether they can sell me books in Romanian (exceedingly rare here!) and how to study the university over there (I'm ...
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Does denied reported speech take the subjunctive?

If I say (in Mexican Spanish) that I did not say X, where X is information (rather than a command), does X take the subjunctive? Regarding this question, Benjamin & Butt (5th ed.) seem to ...
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“Día de Muertos” or “El Día de los Muertos”?

Which way of saying the Day of the Dead is correct: "Día de Muertos" or "El Día de los Muertos"? I am making a display of pencil boxes for this holiday, and want to be correct in my verbiage. I have ...
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Translating “by the time”

Consider the following translation: Hasta que tomé la píldora no se me quitó el dolor. Until I took the pill, the pain did not go away. Now, this Wikipedia article on Mexican Spanish says ...
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Salient features of the Norteño dialect of Mexican Spanish

What features make this dialect different from the ones spoken in the rest of Mexico? I am keen on understanding what makes a Norteño speaker stand out; i.e. pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, that ...