How Do You Translate these Famous Mexican Phrases into English?

Us people of Mexican heritage have colorful ways of expressing ourselves, either with words that only we can understand how, or with phrases that have been part of our vocabulario for so long that we don’t even know where they originated.

“Ya chole chango chilango
Que chafa chamba te chutas
No checa andar de tacuche
Y chale con la charola

Mejor yo me hecho una chela
Y chance enchufo una chava
Chambeando de chafirete
Me sobra chupe y pachanga”

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But, what happens when we emigrate to the United States and we want to speak in the same way that we speak in our land, but everyone sees us with a cara de “what”?

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This is perhaps one of the hardest things we face when we cross the border. We have to measure our words and think about how to elaborate a sentence so that others understand us, because even people who speak Spanish, who are not from Mexico, sometimes do not understand us.

However, all is not lost, there are some English phrases that have a similar meaning to those we say in Spanish. It may not feel the same to say these phrases without the unique Mexican touch, but they can be of great help to enrich your vocabulary.

1. A donde fueres haz lo que vieres

This phrase could apply to those travelers who are just learning about new cultures. Just look around you and learn from your surroundings.

You can say this phrase like this,

“When in Rome do as the Romans do”

Which means, when you are in Rome do like the Romans.

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2. De volón pimpón

This phrase is for hyperactive people who do everything quickly, or when moms ask children to do things as fast as they can, and the way you could say it in English would be,

“Faster than fast”

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3. Saca la sopa

If you want to know everything about a gossip, this phrase is the one you should use,

“Spill the beans”

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4. Toco madera

For superstitious people who don’t want to be unlucky, just knock on wood and say,

“Knock on wood”

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5. Hablando del rey de Roma

When you are talking about a person and they suddenly appear, you can say,

“Speaking of the devil”

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6. Está armando un pancho

This phrase could apply when a child is throwing a tantrum or when an adult is so upset that everyone around him is looking surprised.

“He / she is making a scene”

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7. Ya nos cargó el payaso

This phrase is very famous among students when they know that they are not going to pass a class. Although it can also apply to a situation where you are in a big problem and do not know how to solve it.

“We’re Screwed”

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8. No te hagas pato 

For those people who pretend not to pay attention or for those who do not want to do something that they were asked to do, you can tell them this,

“Stop playing dumb”

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If the invention of phrases were an Olympic sport, Mexicans would always win first place. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with the phrases that are created every day, and much more when we want to know how we can say them in English.

Even so, say them in Spanish and share our phrases with all our countrymen. Let’s not let this tradition die when we cross the border.

Who Would Be in the Mexican Avengers?

Marvel and DC Comics have created characters like Captain America, Superman or Batman, which have been popular for so many years that several generations remember them as their favorites.

However, México is not behind when it comes to heroic characters that have marked the childhood of many. With the unique touch that characterizes Mexicans, several of us grew up seeing these characters.

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But who are these defenders of justice? And what have they contributed to Mexican culture?

El Chapulín Colorado

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In 1970 the Chapulín colorado was created to parody the superhero programs that were in fashion at the time. The Chapulín was clumsy, fearful and did not have any type of superpowers, although he did have the Chicarra Paralizadora, his Chiquitolina pills or our favorite, the Chipote Chillón.

Currently, we cannot see a Chapulín Colorado costume or shirt without thinking of Mexico. This is definitely a character that is part of our culture.

El Santo

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The silver masked man is one of the most famous luchadores in Mexico and one of the icons in Mexican culture. El Santo has been a popular hero in our country and is a symbol of justice for people, since his character transcendeds the field of wrestling and became a superhero by appearing in dozens of films.

In the animated series El Chavo, there is a character called “el Justiciero Enmascarado” who is possibly a reference to Santo himself due to his physical resemblance.

Capulina

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Capulina also known as the king of white humor , because he never used obscene words or adult content situations in his jokes, he was not only a great comedian, but he also co-starred in a movie alongside wrestling legend El Santo (El Santo vs Capulina (1972).

Capulina made a total of 84 films and recorded 12 musical albums.

Pepe el Toro

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It is possible that the image of Pepe el Toro is not 100% reflected as a hero, since he is best known for his appearances in Nosotros los Pobres or Ustedes los Ricos. However, in the movie “Pepe el Toro” he gives us the opportunity to see him in a different way, far from the great suffering that we see in his other films.

Pepe el Toro becomes a boxer and accidentally kills his best friend during a semi-final fight. Channeling his anger and frustration, Pepe wins the championship and begins to befriend his friend’s widow.

Pepe el Toro is part of the 23 film library of the most iconic Mexican movie star, Pedro Infante .

Chabelo and Pepito

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What? Chabelo a hero?

Believe it or not, Chabelo starred in a movie where he fights the most famous monsters in the 70s.

Pepito and Chabelo are cousins ​​and during an excursion with the Boy Scouts they separate from the group to go find a gorilla for which they offered a reward of $500 pesos.

During their journey, the gorilla is the one who finds them and they are forced to escape leaving all their equipment, little by little they enter a mysterious cave in which they find The Mummy, The Man from the Green Lagoon, Frankenstein and the Vampire.

As they advance through the cave they arrive at a haunted house and by mistake they discover that both the haunted house, the cave and the monsters are just a trick to scare the travelers, because of a hidden group of thugs who trafficked with Uranium called Spectrum.

Chiquidracula

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Chiquidrácula “ñaka ñaka”. Perhaps for many Chiquidrácula is better seen as a villain, but let’s remember that his goal was to save his grandfather from alcoholism. He made his first appearance in 1982 on the show “Chiquilladas.”

In 1986 the film Chiquidrácula was released, which focused on the history and possible origins of this character. In this movie, we hear many words that are etched in our heads, but the most famous is, “naka ñaka” which is an expression that became popular thanks to this Mexican television character, which was played by Carlos Espejel.

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Phrases like,  And now, who can help us?” are still said on the streets if Mexico, and recently a small tribute to el Santo was made in the Disney movie “Coco.” There is no doubt that Mexicans know how to make our way on the road to fame and create characters that remain in everyone’s hearts.

No contaban con mi Astucia”

Did we miss a character? Tell us in the comments below.

5 Things Mexicans Love that Will Not be the Same After the Pandemic

During the pandemic, our routine and way of life have changed considerably. There are those who have not seen their familia y amigos for months. Things are not the way they used to be and there is no doubt that we would like to return to the life we ​​used to live before the pandemic, but could it be possible?

And that is despite the fact that one day we’ll stop putting on face masks and we will be allowed to be among a group of people. Will we feel safe enough to go back to doing the things we used to do before? Mexicans have many customs that require physical contact with others and these customs may now begin to disappear due to the coronavirus. Here are a few examples:

GREET “DE BESO”

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Nowadays due to the “social distance” it is not possible to greet people with a kiss. And friends who used to greet each other with a kiss on the cheek have to settle for just saying hello from afar. This is an old custom, especially among high school and college youth. However, there will be many who will not resume that habit once we return to normal, either because they never liked that habit or because they prefer to be safe than sorry.

TAKE A MORDIDA OUT OF THE CAKE

The tradition of the mordida is not only classic among Mexicans, but also one of the funniest parts of the holidays. There are those who sing the mañanitas as fast as they can in order to move on to the part of burying the birthday boy’s face in the cake. However, when it comes to the coronavirus, this tradition is not a good idea. Before the times of the pandemic, several people already thought that this tradition was somewhat unsanitary, due to the great contact that the birthday boy has with the cake. Now that we are all trying to keep other people’s germs and viruses as far away from us, the bite may no longer be a part of birthday parties in the future.

GO TO THE CLUBS

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Perhaps many miss clubbing and wish more than anything they could party until the amanecer. The problem with these places is that many do not have a large space and it is normal to be very close to the people who are dancing on the floor. The sweat that comes from dancing all night is something we should avoid at this time. The great risks of contagion that are generated in the clubs may cause fear of going to these places once they are fully open again.

SHARE THE BOTTLE OF TEQUILA

Listening to Vicente Fernandez songs while passing the bottle of tequila around a group of friends is as Mexican as nopal. Sharing drinks at the time the party starts or some kind of celebration is not uncommon among Mexicans. However, in the times of the coronavirus it is something that should be avoided as much as possible. Maybe some people don’t mind sharing the bottle again. However, there are those who from now on prefer to have their own drink and that only they have to touch it.

PASS THE MIC AT KARAOKE

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In some bars or parties they may have the habit of having their clients sing at Karaoke. But passing a microphone around a group of friends and singing in a small room goes against the guidance of epidemiologists. Maybe now we have to forget about singing at the top of our lungs when we go to a bar and there is no longer Karaoke time.

One of the good things that the coronavirus leaves us is that now many of us are getting used to washing their hands and disinfecting things that other people have constantly touched. Perhaps this will become the new normal even when the coronavirus is no longer a threat. At the same time this could also create a certain paranoia that did not exist before. What you prefer to do is valid, the important thing is that we stay healthy.

Mexican Earthquakes, Resilience, and a Dog Named Frida

Today, 19 September 2021, marking the 36th anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake. Unfortunately, Mexicans have another, more recent seismic event on their minds, as well. But despite the jarring coincidence of a second major earthquake rattling the city on the exact same date, the 2017 Puebla earthquake presents a different kind of story than that of a disaster made worse by government inaction and ineptitude. It’s a story of courage, hope, and resilience. And the face of that story is a heroic dog named Frida.

Frida the rescue dog. Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, CC BY 4.0 

On Mexican Courage and Resilience in the Face of Disaster

Any earthquake is, of course, a huge tragedy for those who lose loved ones and/or homes. And the sensation of feeling the Earth below you shaking or the building you’re in swaying is pretty nerve-wracking, let alone witnessing entire concrete buildings collapsing to the ground! So the stories of people rushing in to try to help instead of running in the opposite direction in search of safety says so much about the nature of the many chilangos who did just that during the 2017 earthquake, a 7.1 quake, whose epicenter was determined to be just outside San Felipe Ayutla, Puebla, by the US Geological Survey.

Diego Luna says he was inspired by seeing Mexicans running into the danger zone to help:

A reporter from the Dallas Daily News also documented the resilience and solidarity of the Mexican people in the face of disaster and hardship, highlighting how a new generation of young Mexicans who weren’t around back in 1985 has taken it upon themselves to do whatever it takes to help their neighbors and move their country forward.  I mean, this snippet says it all: 

“’There is more courage in Mexico than in any other country I know,’ said John Womack, a historian at Harvard University and longtime expert on Mexico. ‘The resilience — strength of heart, corazon, courage — comes from family and from historically, for centuries, having to face disaster after disaster without much of a coherent state to help.’”

Volunteers moving debris in Colonia Obrera, Mexico City
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Frida the Rescue Dog Goes Viral

The biggest hero to emerge from the 2017 terremoto was Frida the rescue dog. Frida became an international star after the Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR) posted this tweet about the loveable golden Labrador retriever several days before the Puebla quake, as she had been hard at work helping rescue people caught in the massive 8.2 Chiapas earthquake that had shaken much of the country on 9 September. 

Although there were other valiant rescue dogs that also helped save lives by going into dangerous situations in search of survivors, Frida was the most experienced among them. She and her handler, Israel Arauz Salinas, have even been honored with a statue in the city of Puebla along with a plaque that memorializes the pair as “symbols of the strength Mexicans can have when we decide to come together for great causes.” 

This article first appeared in Shoptezuma.com on 9/17/2019.

4 Recetas para Exfoliantes Corporales Naturales y Económicos

Exfoliar la piel para que se sienta suave y luzca fresca y mantenga la flexibilidad que desde muy jóvenes tenemos, viene de uno de los documentos médicos más antiguos en la historia humana. El papiro de Ebers el cual es un antiguo pergamino egipcio que detalla el conocimiento médico relacionado con todo, desde la depresión hasta cómo circulan los fluidos en el cuerpo, describe el cómo sentirse bien que a la larga se vera reflejado en nuestra calidad de vida.

Este rollo de alrededor del 1500 a.C.también transmite algunos de los secretos egipcios para una piel hermosa, incluida la creación de exfoliantes con ingredientes naturales.

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Beneficios

El significado de un exfoliante es similar a raspar todas las costras viejas o pedazos del fondo de una olla. En algún momento esa piel que teníamos en años de juventud era fresca y nueva, aun asi con el exfoliante adecuado se puede recuperar algo de los hermosos rostros que solíamos tener.

Deshacerse de la capa vieja también significa que se está desintoxicando la piel, a su vez, que tu tez se ilumina, el desprendimiento de la piel muerta significa que las líneas finas de expresión desaparecen a medida que se elimina la capa exterior rugosa.

La eliminación de la capa exterior también tiene el beneficio adicional de darle a tu piel una apariencia agradable y limpia.

Limpiar la piel con un exfoliante también reduce la grasa y ayuda a prevenir el acné.

 ¿Qué se necesita?

Los exfoliantes son sumamente fáciles de hacer en casa. Necesitas muy pocos ingredientes, que probablemente ya estén en tu cocina.

Aquí te menciono algunos de los Ingredientes exfoliantes más fáciles de conseguir, puedes crear tus propias recetas a medida que vayas experimentando en la mezcla de algunos de ellos pronto obtendrás tus favoritos y más efectivos:

  • Azúcar
  • Sal
  • Café molido
  • Arroz molido grueso
  • Nueces muele
  • Lentejas molidas toscamente
  • Ingredientes hidratantes
  • Aceite de oliva virgen extra
  • Aceite de coco
  • Aceites esenciales
  • Mantequilla de coco
  • Leche
  • Miel
  •  Almacenamiento

Usa un frasco hermético para guardar tu exfoliante.

Puedes empaquetar el exfoliante en frascos pequeños para evitar exponer todo tu contenido al aire cada vez que se vaya a usar.

 De que estar atento

Recuerda hacer una pequeña prueba de parche en tu piel antes de usarlo en toda el área. Frota el cuerpo para asegurarte de que no eres alérgico a ninguno de los ingredientes.

A continuación te presento algunas de las recetas que me han funcionado a mi y a otras personas

RECETAS DE EXFOLIANTES CORPORALES

Exfoliante de té azúcar

El azúcar (blanca preferentemente) es muy beneficiosa cuando se aplica a la piel para una variedad de razones. Ayuda a  reducir esas arrugas y crea un agradable tono uniforme.

 Rinde: 18 onzas

Ingredientes

  • 11/2 taza de azúcar de caña orgánica
  • 3/4 taza de aceite de oliva virgen extra
  • 1 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla

Preparación

1. Combina los ingredientes en un frasco hermético, mezcla bien y almacena en un lugar fresco.

2. Humedece la piel y frota con la mezcla, espera 10 min y enjuaga.

 Exfoliante de té verde

El aceite de té verde aporta numerosos beneficios a la piel. Se ha usado

para todo, desde el tratamiento de la picazón hasta una forma ligera de protección UV.

Sus increíbles cualidades antioxidantes lo convierten en una potencia que desafía el envejecimiento.

Rinde: 18 onzas

Ingredientes

  •  1 1/2 taza de azúcar de caña orgánica
  • 3/4 taza de aceite de coco
  • 1 cucharada de aceite esencial de té verde
  • 1 cucharadita de aceite de árbol de té

Preparación

1. Combina los ingredientes en un frasco hermético, mezcle bien y almacene en un lugar fresco.

2. Humedece la piel y frote con la mezcla, espera 10 min y enjuaga.

 Exfoliante de chocolate

El cacao no solo huele divino, sino que también es fantástico para la piel.

Las mascarillas y baños de chocolate eran muy populares debido a las capacidades antioxidantes e inherentes del cacao. Cuando se aplica a la piel, estos ayudan a librar al cuerpo de los radicales libres que dañan la piel.

Rinde: 16 onzas

Ingredientes

  • 3 cucharadas de cacao en polvo orgánico
  • 1 cucharadita de aceite esencial de cacao
  • 11/4 taza de azúcar de caña orgánica
  • 3/4 taza de aceite de coco

Preparación

1. Combina los ingredientes en un frasco hermético, mezcle bien y almacena en

un lugar fresco.

2. Humedece la piel y frota con la mezcla, espera 10 min y enjuaga.

 Exfoliante de café

No sólo puedes disfrutar de una deliciosa taza de café, si no que hasta te lo puedes embarrar ya que estimula la circulación, reduciendo la celulitis.

Rinde: 12 onzas

Ingredientes

  • 1/2 taza de granos de café
  • 1 taza de aceite de coco
  • 1 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla

Preparación

1. Combina los ingredientes en un frasco hermético, mezcla bien y almacena en

un lugar fresco.

2. Humedece la piel y frota con la mezcla, espera 10 min y enjuaga.

 Espero que algunas de estas recetas te sean de utilidad y que te consientas de vez en cuando sin tener que gastar tantos centavos en cremas excesivamente caras y con ingredientes químicos en su mayoría.

Fuente:

  • All natural homemade beauty products. Author Josephine Simon

9+ Toys That will Remind you of Your Childhood in México

In the modern world full of technology it is difficult to imagine that we ever played with toys made of wood or that we sat for hours playing board games.

Many experts talk about the importance of restricting the time our children spend in front of the television. But did you know that taking our kids away from technology and instead offering them toys that don’t use batteries helps develop their imaginaciones?

Giving our children 100% Mexican handmade toys not only helps them learn about Mexican cultura, it also helps them to be smarter every day.

Here is a list of the most famous toys from our childhood that we could share with our children:

Lotería

This game is not only fun, but it can also help your children learn new Spanish words. You are guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained for hours. Did someone say El Borracho?

Wooden Boxeadores

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The boxers game is perfect for people who want to challenge their speed. Children who like video games or challenges may find this game fascinating. The fastest fingers will be the ones that take the gold belt.

Muñecas de Trapo

Rag dolls are a national craft that are not as appreciated as they should be. Each doll is different because they are all completely handmade. This could be a beautiful gift for an expectant mom or as a last doll gift for a quinceañera.

Pirinola

Maybe you have ever been frustrated by “losing everything” with this game, but maybe you have also been the lucky one to “ganar todo“. With this game we can expand our imagination and invent new ways to use the pirinola in housework, activities, exercises, etc. Each family can have their own way of playing pirinola and create new traditions that mark the childhood of your children.  

The Tablitas Mágicas

Something that seems like a thing of magic are the famous little boards, the way they change position impacts many and it is incredible to know that Mexican artisans are the creators of this fantastic game.

The Balero

Balero is one of the most challenging games of all, in addition to the fact that it is almost impossible to put the bearing in place on the first try, you should also be careful not to end up with a black eye. Despite all these challenges, you can spend several hours enjoying this game.

The Trompo

Something new that you can teach your children is the “picotazos“. This game is the favorite of many, you can practice for hours to perfect the art of the top and you can also play with several people to see who is the one who can keep their top spinning until the end.  

Dominó

The domino is not 100% Mexican, as it is believed that it was actually created in China. However, our Mexican artisans can create beautiful wooden games that you can use at family gatherings to entertain your guests.

Luchador mask

There are many children who like to play Make-Believe or dress up to look like their favorite character. Whether it’s for Halloween or just to pretend to be a Mexican wrestler, luchador masks are ideal for kids with big imaginations.

Bonus: Chavo del 8

Ok, this is not precisely a toy from childhood, but definitely the El Chavo character is, and anything that reminds us of that great TV show is something we want. These dolls are more of a collectible that you can keep to remind you of the good ol’ Chavito.

These are not even half of the things that Mexican hands can create, there are cars, guitars, noisemakers, carousels, trucks, yo-yos and much more. You don’t need a shopping center to find the perfect toy for your children, the next time you have the opportunity to visit Mexico, maybe it would be a good idea to walk through the streets full of handicrafts and support the artisans who need our support so much.

“Remember that what is done in Mexico is well done”

Not Everything That’s Said of the Migrante Mexicano is True

Did you know that there are approximately 11,793,976 Mexicanos throughout the American continent, 103,814 Mexicans in Europe and 11,180 Mexicans in Asia. Even so, for some reason, the stereotype of the Mexican has been painted to the image that his only objective is to cross the border of the United States to invade that nation.

Now more than ever the cries of contempt towards Mexicans are heard, either because people think that the majority of Mexicans live illegally in the United States or because they think that, although they live legally in this country, they live for free thanks to government programs.

But what is true of all this?

Border

The reason why there is a large Mexican population in the southern United States is not because we Mexicans are invading this country, but because a large part of this population was already on this side of the border, since several southern states used to be part of the Mexican territory.

“Mexico, after the independence battle that freed us from the Spanish empire, was in economic crisis, confusion and fear. Whereas the United States was a country with a flourishing economy. The US invasion of Mexico did not happen overnight, it all started from 1809, and finally after the battle between the United States and Mexico, on February 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, by which Mexico “Sold” half of its territory to the United States. “

Mexicans have not arrived in masses or in caravans to take the US territory, they have already been here for many years.

Taxes

The myth that all immigrants live off the government is just a way to discredit immigrants who work hard, in addition to suffering from abuse at work, since they are not offered a fair payment, nor do they enjoy the benefits that they should have as contributors to the economy of this country.

“Every tax season, millions of undocumented immigrants file their taxes with the federal government, even though they could easily avoid it and not do it.

Unauthorized immigrant workers and their employers contributed $ 13 billion in payroll taxes in 2010. “

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Either because they hope to one day become American citizens and want to present all their papers in order or because they are simply honest people who do not want to abuse the country that has provided them a home. Many Mexican immigrants comply with the law, even after having crossed the border illegally.

If we were to ask the reasons why several of these Mexicans decided to emigrate to the United States, we would have a wide variety of answers. The world is not only black and white, in addition to crossing the border illegally is not a serious crime and in some occasions a pardon can be obtained , in such a way that Mexicans should not be classified as abusers and criminals.  

If you need more information on how to obtain a pardon, click on this link: https://www.uscis.gov/es/forms/i-212

Although there are those who live illegally in the United States, they make sure they do not commit another crime, comply with paying taxes, live honestly, and avoid asking for government help. These are model citizens, who appreciate the opportunity to live in the United States.

Should all unauthorized immigrants be deported in the same way?

Unfortunately, the righteous pay for sinners. And people who have committed crimes or who abuse the government system have given all immigrants a bad name. However, each person should have the right to present their case before a jury to determine how much they have contributed to this country, instead of being deported without being able to have a proper trial.

As human beings we should all be treated with dignity and respect. Especially if the only reason to live in this country is to seek a better life. Let’s not lose humanity and look at these situations with compassion. Mexicans are luchadores and we just need one opportunity to show everyone that we are capable of contributing great things to this country in the same way as any American citizen.

6 Libros para Empezar en el Mundo de los Negocios

Muchos de los Mexicanos que llegamos a Estados Unidos, venimos buscando un mejor nivel de vida. Mejor trabajo, mejores circunstancias. Muchos, tenemos la oportunidad de abrir un negocio. Mucho se requiere para abrir de manera exitosa uno, recursos, habilidades, conocimiento y, porqué no, hasta un poco de suerte.

A continuación, algunos de los mejores libros de negocios a mi parecer, en lo personal he leído y me han parecido muy interesantes y he aprendido y aplicado varias cosas. Todos son en inglés, pero también se encuentran versiones traducidas al español, para que elijas la opción que más se adapte a tus necesidades.

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Espero te sean útiles también y sin más comencemos.

Dar y Recibir (Give and Take) – Adam Grant

Habla básicamente de cómo las personas que tienen más éxito normalmente son las que más dan, contrario a lo que se puede pensar, que la gente que tiene más éxito en la vida es la que le quita a otros, es decir, que se aprovecha del resto. Hay infinidad de estudios científicos de personas famosas de la vida real, historias que Adam Grant desmenuza para ver cuáles son las causas reales de su éxito y encuentra que normalmente la gente que tiene más éxito es la que más da a los demás, es como la que está en la cúspide (los que tienen más éxito). Luego vienen los ‘Takers’, que son la gente que toma el resto, la que se aprovecha, y esta como en la parte media de la curva, si lo vemos desde la perspectiva de una campana de Gauss. Y en la última parte paradójicamente también es la gente que más da, es la que menos éxito tiene la vida. Este libro explica por qué se da esa contradicción, porque la gente que más da está en los dos extremos, o tienen mucho éxito o no. Luego sucede que la gente que es ‘Taker’ o se aprovecha obviamente va a sacar ventaja de la gente que es ‘Giver’ que es la gente que da, o da mucho, o que se deje. Si eres un ‘Giver’ natural puede ser que te pasen por encima y tú ni cuenta te estés dando. Entonces este libro nos ayuda a como romper el paradigma o estereotipo de que la gente que más éxito tiene son los que más se aprovechan o son las más gandayas, y la esperanza de que siendo un ‘Giver’ tengas éxito y como puedes lograrlo.

Vender es Humano (To sell is Human) – Daniel H. Pink

Me abrió mucho los ojos en cuanto a las ventas porque me hizo darme cuenta de que realmente todos somos vendedores, ya sea que vendemos nuestro tiempo (aunque no lo sepamos), aunque seamos malos vendedores todos tenemos que vender algo. Solemos vender nuestro tiempo, puntos de vista, el cómo se pueden hacer las cosas, etc. Incluso vender las cosas que hacemos a los demás, incluso a los hijos venderles la idea de algo que queremos que hagan y también ellos a su vez nos venden ideas. Entonces todo el mundo está vendiendo y la verdad es que es parte de la naturaleza humana.

Nos muestra un compendio de lecciones aprendidas con ejemplos como es costumbre en de un autor muy muy bueno que me gusta mucho y tiene muchos títulos geniales, pero este particular creo que es el que más me gusta de él, en realidad vender no es como tal lo que normalmente la gente piensa venderle a las personas cosas que no necesitan, de hecho el mejor vendedor, ayuda, apoya asesora a la gente a tomar mejores decisiones con base en sus necesidades reales.

El millonario de la puerta de a lado (The millionaire Next Door) – Thomas J. Stanley

Este libro me encanta porque desenmascara al estereotipo del millonario, que nos venden los medios de comunicación, los millonarios ostentosos que viajan en un auto muy lujoso y que se la pasan en jets privados y viajan por el mundo y visten ropa a la moda y todo ese rollo, viviendo exuberantemente, podríamos decir que como nos han vendido a los millonarios, que viven de una forma muy ostentosa y con excesos.

Aquí lo que hace Thomas con base a los estudios científicos hace un análisis de cómo viven los billonarios promedio en USA y nos comenta que ellos viven muy diferente a como nos los venden, dista mucho de cómo nos los han pintado. Nos ayuda a comprender como realmente viven y piensan y como son sus hábitos y como tú puedes ser millonario, y porque son tan pocos los que lo logran, y nos da muchas explicaciones y argumentos al respecto, que también tiene que ver con los aspectos económico-políticos y sociales de las diferentes regiones. Esto nos ayuda a comprender como viven los millonarios de verdad, no los que nos venden de revista o como actores de cine, en resumen, la gente que tiene mucho dinero no suele ser ostentosa, mantienen un perfil bajo, no usa demasiada ropa de diseñador o accesorios, son muy frugales y muy mesurados en su consumo, no gastan de manera inconsciente.

El fin de los Empleos (The end of jobs) – Taylor Pearson

El significado de la libertad sin el horario laboral de 8 am a 5 pm, clásico de oficina del mundo godin. Entonces Taylor nos habla de como el avance tecnológico y la globalización nos ha cambiado por completo la forma en la que trabajamos.

Este libro es del 2015 ya tiene más de 6 años que se publicó y sigue siendo vigente, explica como pudo este autor tener esa visión de que como la tecnología iba a poner los cimientos del empleo, del teletrabajo, que tiende a ser remoto (Home Office), tal como el freelancer, o que trabaja por proyecto, que es nómada tecnológico o que persigue sus pasiones, entonces explica cómo es que se ha estado transformando el empleo y lo que viene y da ideas de como para donde te puedes mover.

Deja de actuar como rico (Stop Acting Rich) – Thomas J. Stanley

Es básicamente una reseña de como dejar de aparentar ser rico o querer vivir como rico y como trabajar para ser realmente rico, o por lo menos tener tranquilidad económica y que no te importe lo que los demás piensen de ti, es básicamente como una extensión del libro anterior que te comento. Vale la pena leerlo.

La máquina silenciosa de las ventas (Silent Sales Machine) – Jim Cockrum

Silent Sales Machine 10.0

Es muy corto en cuanto a número de páginas, pero es muy conciso y muestra cómo puedes generar múltiples fuentes de ingreso a través de internet, muchos autores tienden a decirlo aunque solo lo mencionan como receta y no te dicen exactamente cómo lograrlo a diferencia de este libro que te lleva paso a paso, a cómo hacerlo exactamente con lujo de detalle, y realmente no es complicado lograrlo, es viable y no necesitas ser genio para lograrlo, eso sí, hay que hacer mucho trabajo, pero es una, guía bastante detallada y completa.

5 Characters from “El Loco” Valdés that We Will Never Forget

Last year, we lost a great one of Mexican comedy – Manuel “El loco” Valdés. And, even though the comedian had not been working on a large television project for several years, he continued to be an important reference point for comedy in Mexico.

A member of a truly unique family of the Mexican artistic environment. His brothers Germán Valdés “TinTan” and Ramón Valdés, are widely recognized not only in Mexico, but throughout Latin America and more.

Although it is sad that he’s no longer with us, surely “El Loco” Valdés would prefer that we remembered him fondly and, as always, making us laugh. Therefore, here we recompile 5 of the characters that Manuel Valdés made immortal.

MANUEL LOPEZ

One of the reference films of El Loco Valdés is, without a doubt, Dos Fantasmas y Una Muchacha, where he plays Francois de Lavalier, Germán Pérez’s staunch enemy, played by his brother Germán Valdés “TinTan”.

MARITZA MIBANCO

Another of the duos that made history with Manuel Valdés was the one he did with Hector Lechuga, with the Hermanitas Mibanco. How can we forget the famous “pellizquito de pulguita, por mentirosita!”?

THE BIG BAD WOLF

It was surely not his best movie, but it was one that those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s saw on television more than once and recognized the voice of the famous actor.

FRANCOIS DE LAVALIER

In a story similar to that of Dos Fantasmas y Una Muchacha, El Loco Valdés joins his brother TinTan again and now accompanying two other referents of the Mexican comedy: Antonio Espino ‘Clavillazo’ and Adalberto Martínez ‘Resortes’. Without comparing to the previous one, a classic without a doubt.

MANUEL “EL LOCO” VALDÉS

Without a doubt, his best character is the one he played all his life, on and off the screen: El Loco. An unparalleled character, whether in cinema, on TV or even in soccer, he made us spend unforgettable moments that many Mexicans carry in our hearts.

Goodbye, Don Manuel.

What other memories do you have of Don Manuel “El Loco” Valdés? Tell us in the comments below.

The Contrasting Family Values of Mexico and USA

As anyone from Mexico knows, la familia is one of the most important aspects of life. It is a fact that family comes first and that traditions are passed down from generation to generation. As an immigrant living in the United States, it is almost horrible to see the difference in family values ​​from those to which one is accustomed at home in Mexico. Here I share a comparison of family values ​​in Mexico and those observed here in the United States.

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RESPECT

Respeto is not something that is required in Mexico; it is something that is expected. Children respect their elders because that is how they are supposed to be. If someone older than you walks into the room, you’d better get up and offer them your seat. If your neighbor asks you for help, it will not be because you will get something, but because it is the right thing to do. Things are done as second nature rather than obligation or fear. While there are areas where this is changing, they are few and far between.

In direct contrast, here in the United States, the value of respect appears to be out of date. While you can still find areas that follow what they call old-school values ​​here, they are becoming more and more rare. Here in the United States, respect is a virtue that is demanded and often issued out of fear of the repercussions of not showing it. However, this is also a waning practice. Many, including children, do not respect their elders or the needs of those around them. It has become common to look away when a neighbor needs it. The values ​​here become very selfish and move away from the respect of the old days.

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CLOSENESS

Families in Mexico are very close. While family members may lead their own lives, they share triumphs and sorrows together. Familias in Mexico often live together until each child marries and in many cases even after marriage. If the children move, it is often close to their parents. If family members move to other areas, they try to connect or stay in touch as often as possible. Many of the small pueblos are made up of families that are spread throughout the town. While the larger cities are a bit different, the family connection is still evident in most places.

In the United States, however, family closeness has a different meaning. As families gather for vacations or birthdays, many families also begin to skip these events. The importance of earning money and improving one’s life has been given importance. So much so that the family is often left behind in the fight for success. This is not to say that family is not important to Americans, only that the relationship between family members is very different here than in Mexico. 

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LATE IN LIFE

In Mexico, as parents or family members age, it is typical for a child or other family member to stay close and help care for their viejitos. While they can maintain their independence for a long time, family members often stop by to see and talk for a time. Siblings sit outside reminiscing about old times, grandchildren come over to spend a few hours with their older abuelos, and their sons and daughters cook and clean for their parents.

Here in the United States, there are many who verify an aging family member. However, all too often, this visit is to a retirement home. As family members reach certain ages, children or siblings begin to search for the most comfortable retirement home to live in. While these houses are often charming, they provide the elderly with a place where they can live and receive the medical care they need. It is not the same as being part of the family or living in your own home and having personal space. This is not to say that Americans love their family members less, just that the practices observed seem quite strange to immigrants.

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While each culture has its own family values, the norms for one country seem quite strange to those of another. In this way, the family values ​​of people in the United States are in stark contrast to what we are used to being from Mexico. Here in the United States, they call all these changes progress. Me, in the hope that as immigrants living in this country, we can uphold our family values ​​and keep them alive on a daily basis here in the United States.