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Mexican Slang Quiz

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See how many of these questions about Mexican slang and vocabulary you can answer. (Scroll down to the bottom to see the answers.) If you get all five right, you are a Mexico guru!

1. ¿Qué? ¿Mis enchiladas no tienen queso? means:

a. What?! you think I'm a bad cook?
b. What am I, lunchmeat?
c. You think I'm broke?
d. What, you expect me to pay?

2. In Spanish, what does “msnm” stand for?

a. milímetros sobre el nivel del mar (millimeters above sea level)
b. metros sobre el nivel del mar (meters above sea level)
c. muchacho superficial sin mérito (worthless and superficial boy)
d. mujer sin ningún maquillaje (woman without any makeup)

3. "Enchiladas aquí y chilaquiles allá.” What does this expression mean?

a. Enchiladas are sold here; chilaquiles are sold there.
b. I like all types of food.
c. Don't come to me with your problems.
d. Six of one, half dozen of another.

4. If in the market you purchase a “vampiro,” you will get:

a. a glass of beet, orange and carrot juice
b. a beating
c. a spicy meal
d. Robert Pattinson

5. The translation for “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all,” is:

a. Si al callar no puede hablar, es mejor aguardar.
b. Si al agradar no puede callar, es mejor no hablar.
c. Si al hablar no puede agradar, es mejor callar.
d. Si al hablar no puede callar, es mejor agradar

Answers: 1 = b; 2 = b; 3 = d; 4 = a; 5 = c

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