Every time I go to Mexico, I learn something new. The things I learn are like that box of chocolates Forest Gump talks about, you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes it's useful, sometimes it's just interesting and fun. The one thing I have learned however, is that no matter how strange or useless I may think a word or expression is, I always end up hearing it again later on. With that said, let's get started.
Curada means to be cured, as in curing meat. It also means to cure someone of something, like an infection. Except in this example, that is.
Ese coche está curado
That car is cool
Tu camisa está curada
You shirt is cool
A few related expressions would be:
Que padre, que chido, que bien
It's my understanding that this is an expression used in Northern Mexican, especially in Tijuana. Toss it around with your Mexican friends and see what happens, I'll bet it leads to a few laughs, a great conversation and someone asking you, "where did you learn that?"
Up next we have the word chiloso.
Is it spicy?
And by spicy I mean spicy hot. Here are a few other related terms:
Enchiloso is another word for spicy. Enchilar is to season food specifically with chili's. I'm not sure how wide spread these words are in Mexico much less the Spanish speaking world, but everyone should understand the words picante and pica.
Is it spicy?
Is it spicy?
So much for my adventures in food. Surprisingly the next word I'm going to tell you about I learned while checking in to my hotel. It's not much of a story, but here's what happened.
After I finished checking in, the young lady behind the desk turned on the intercom and called for botones.
Instantly I thought, buttons? OK, a half second later I realized she wasn't randomly screaming out buttons in the hotel lobby. No one responded to her, so I wasn't able to figure out what the heck she was talking about. I had to wait until I got to an internet connection to solve that riddle.
Botones simply means bell hop. Now you won't have the same stupid look I had on my face when I heard this.
By the way, if you're not familiar with the Spanish you need to check into a hotel, read my entry,
¿A qué hora es la hora de entrada?.
As a tourist, I take a lot of taxi's to get around. And I learned long ago that in Spanish you use the verb tomar to talk about taking a taxi.
Tomamos un taxi
Let's take a cab
Too bad my Spanish books never told me there's more than one way to catch a cab in Spanish.
So there I was telling someone that I was going to take a taxi, and I'll never forget the answer I got.
En México no tomas un taxi. Agarras un taxi.
Agarrar is the verb, and it's typically means to grad or to hold on.
¿Dónde puedo agarrar un taxi?
Where can I catch a taxi?
Agarra un taxi, no es caro
Grab a taxi, it's not expensive
After that, I heard people using agarrar to talk about catching taxi's and buses every time I turned around. You can also coger a taxi, but to my knowledge this isn't widely used in Mexico, but it is most certainly understood. And don't worry, even though many people in Mexico use agarrar to talk about catching a cab, many people use tomar as well.
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That's it for today! I hope you learned something new.
¡Hasta la próxima!