Do you know what it means when someone puts cream on their tacos in Spanish? Hopefully, this episode will make that phrase and nine other ones clear to you as we look at ten Mexican proverbs and idioms.
This episode is all about words you might come across in Mexico that have no equivalents in English. The language spoken in Mexico is Spanish, NOT Mexican. As a translator, it’s my job to find a way around these linguistic obstacles, but language is often so tightly connected to culture that you often end up having to explain the culture in order to translate the word.
Mexican cuisine is so important that it is on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Its basic elements include maize, beans, chilli peppers, tomatoes and avocados, which all existed here before the Spanish conquest. The colonial period added rice, meat and cheese to the mix. This episode is all about food sold on the street in Mexico City, or what some people call "garnachas".