Ask a Mexican on Learning Spanish and the Simplicity of Mexican Food

What is it about the many gringos/gabachos who constantly slaughter Spanish words? Spanish is easy to pronounce (and spell) compared to English. The vowels (a, e, i, o, u) are always pronounced the same way. In English, vowels vary a lot — difficult for new learners. All the other alphabet letters are pronounced the same way, except for a few, such as "J" (guttural-sounding) and "X" (like the aspired "J"). But "H" is always silent, "Y" is like "I," and double "ll" is pronounced "yah." And don't get me started about how common expressions like "vamonos" became "mosey". Or how "calaboso" became "calaboose," and "vaquero" became "buckaroo," etc.

Llamame Frustrado

Don't be too hard on gabachos. You simplify Spanish a bit much — don't forget that "X" sounds like "ch" when placed at the beginning of words, that we love to elide (you try getting a gaba to translate "No, pos 'ta pa'lla"), and that trilling your "Rs" in rr ain't exactly easy. In fairness, Americans do know Mexican Spanish, from borracho to chichis to chica caliente to guac, torts to chimis. And the recently concluded World Cup taught American sports fans the wonders that is "Eh . . . PU-TO!" ("Hey . . . FAG-GOT!", chanted at the opposing portero after every goal kick). All other non-Mexicans in los Estados Unidos will slowly learn Spanish as their numbers decline and Mexicans increase — after all, they don't want to be economically retarded like non-English-speaking Mexicans, do they? Besides the only gabachos who should already know Spanish are those who live in the American Southwest — they've only had about 165 years to learn it, so give them a break.

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As far as I can tell, Mexican food is all the same thing, based on one simple concept. Take a tortilla, lay it out open face, pile it up with meat, lettuce, tomato, and maybe some cilantro, and it's called a tostada. Fold it in half and now it's a taco. Roll it up and it's a burrito. Throw the burrito in the deep fryer and now you have a chimichanga. The only real choice anybody has with Mexican food besides the amount of hot sauce is the tortilla (corn or flour) and the kind of meat. Is that all that Mexico could come up with for their country's cooking heritage?

Culinary Boredom in Salinas

Wow, what did tortillas ever do to you? Not only are you pendeja, but you're retrependeja. For chrissakes, you don't even know the Mexican-food writings of your hometown hero, John Steinbeck. When he was going around the country while writing Travels with Charley, the Homer from Salinas wrote to his wife that he had prepared a bowl of pozole (he called it "pissoli"), which doesn't involve tortillas (though it can) or meat (though it can). He also loved Bohemia beer, writing "Ah, Bohemia beer and the Pyramid of the Sun; entire civilizations have created less." Finally, tamales make many appearances in his works, from Tortilla Flat to The Pastures of Heaven and more. Besides, what's gabacho food if not bread, a choice of meat, and gallons of corn syrup?

 
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joseluis
joseluis

That happens because you have in USA mexicans with no education, pure ignorants that can't even write in spanish. They make americans think that we all eat chimichangas and burritos: I'm from Mexico, I live in Mexico, I have visited just one time USA and have ever eaten that shit you/they call "chimichanga". Keep all those ignorants there cleaning pools, we don't need them back.

The generalisation you're doing we also as mexicans could do it by visiting Chapala in Jalisco, full of old retired americans that came here because their pension is not well paid enough to live within the USA, so they come to Mexico to spend in prostitutes and drugs, they don't speak even spanish, they don't have a beneficial role in our economy. Many young americans come here to "study" in a six-month exchange. You don't need to be a genius to note they're not precisely the type of american that will study at MIT (full of chinese and indians). They come to Mexico to buy cheap alcohol (is cheap for them), drugs and eat cheap food.

It could be disgusting for you to see and hear mexicans in your country to talk, smell and eat like that, but it is also disguting for some of us see your compatriots to behave like that. Not all mexicans talk, eat or smell like that, some of us are middle class studied mexicans. Don't generalise, we don't do it.

gianLopez1
gianLopez1

@joseluis Hey estupido, just because some Mexican-Americans don't know how to speak or write in Spanish doesn't make them automatically ignorant. The official language of the US is English, Spanish, although nice to understand, is not an absolute necessity. Most Mexican-Americans DO SPEAK SPANISH, however. (Yo puedo hablar y escribir perfectamente en español y tu ni puedes escribir una oracion decente en Ingles.) 


Also, you say that you don't "generelise" but you mention the stereotypes that Asians and Indians are highly educated and Mexican Americans are only "cleaning pools". THAT'S EXACTLY THE TYPE OF GENERALIZATIONS THE ALL MEXICANS DO NOT NEED, REGARDLESS OF NATIONALITY. Its so sad that you don't support your hermanos here in the US. We're not so different after all. Most Mexican

 
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