Mi, mi, mi… A few thoughts on linguistic ownership today.
Ya mi niña, nos vemos…
¿Mi niña? I thought, there it is again… Mi niña—my girl—an oddly common expression in Chilean vernacular. I had really tried not be drawn into the cell phone conversation going on next to me in the crowded waiting room yesterday and was pretty successful until the blah-blah-blah, ha-ha-ha, turned to “ya mi niña.” It’s one of those expressions that often seems to signal the end of a conversation and always grabs my attention. I knew she was not talking to her daughter.
Mi niña, mi hija, mi reina, mi general, mi mamá…. who do YOU belong to? Continue reading
We made it through August… Let the fiesta begin!
Chileans—especially the older ones—have a thing about August, a kind of a wary-scary dread accompanied by the increasing mantra-like use of the expression “si pasamos agosto…” (if we get through August), Continue reading
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Rats, it happened again… all these years and I still stumble into that funky little rabbit hole known as the calendar. Chilean calendars not only start on a different day, they are used differently too. You’d think I’d have that down by now!
Here’s the set-up. I receive an e-mail on Monday the 22 requesting something for next Wednesday. No problem, I zip back, silently applauding the sender for allotting me so much time. But oops… watch that slippery step there sister, a cultural-linguistic trap lies in wait… Continue reading
Want to get yourself into some real hot water? Use the word “cínico” when you think you’re talking about “cynical.” Not, Not, NOT the same thing! Continue reading
Lo Barnechea, Lo Curro, Lo Espejo, Las Condes, Manquehue, Llanquihue… Ever wonder about the names of places in Chile? A Cachando Chile reader asked… so I did my homework. Continue reading
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En Chile se habla español. Y si sabes hablar español porque lo aprendiste o porque también se habla en tu país de origen, seguro considerarás que estás en óptimas condiciones de llegar a Chile y entenderte con todo el mundo. Pero… no siempre es así! Hay muchas particularidades en las formas de comunicación que tienen los chilenos. Continue reading