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bio website twitter.com/#!/osalinas
location Monterrey, Mexico
age 39
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I like telescopes. And photography. I have a love/hate relationship with my GEM. Native Spanish speaker.


Feb
14
comment ¿Qué significa “jalar” en México?
Va muy relacionado con la cultura del campo, donde un animal de carga o un vehículo puede o no jalar un arado, de donde deriva dependiendo del contexto, para cada frase que mencionas: funcionar, trabajar (relacionado a la idea de trabajar jalando un arado), ir (en este caso, similar a la idea de manejar un automotor a transmisión manual, donde enclochar se refiere a aplicar el embrague, deteniendo de esta forma el avance del vehículo).
Nov
24
comment Is it bad to address a young male as “señor”?
Waiter can be translated as "mesero", coming from the fact that they tend the patrons at the tables -"mesas".
Nov
24
comment What is a good, original Spanish childrens novel to help learn grammar and vocab?
I concur with Joze on 'El principito' being a great book for an introduction to the language.
Nov
24
comment Origin of the mexican expression “güey/buey”
I believe that it has a lot to do with the influence of bullfighting, as a castrated bull (buey) would be docile and easy to guide, being used to farm the land and thus asociated with the idea of dumbness - El que por su gusto es buey, hasta la coyunda lame. And güey/wey is a deformation.
Nov
23
comment How important are accents in written Spanish?
I agree with Roman, in México, there are surnames with accent like: González, Pérez, Martínez, Jiménez, Gómez, Vázquez, Hernández, García. And while sometimes skipping the accent will be acceptable, using it will always be considered polite.
Nov
23
comment Historical pronunciation of letters “b” and “v”
As a side note, a regional exception occurs in the north of Mexico, as I was taught as a child (less than 40 years ago) that the correct pronunciation is the one that Gonzalo states in the first paragraph.