I SPEAK MEXiCAN
Have you ever wondered if the English, French or Spanish language you speak is any different from the one spoken in other countries? Probably not, (if you have, kudos!) most of us assume that English is English, French is French and Spanish is Spanish (please insert your language). We know that there are some expressions that other countries add or use in a slightly different way, but that's usually as far as we go.
Growing up in Mexico, I never thought about how we spoke Spanish, I only knew we had some unique expressions and left it at that.
I came to realize how unique, colourful and beautiful Mexican Spanish was, only after moving to Toronto and having the opportunity to meet people from many other Spanish speaking countries. This realization prompted me to start studying different "kinds of Spanish". I read dictionaries from Colombia, Argentina and many other countries. Mexico, however, came out on top in the number of words and expressions that are unique to the country. Over 20,000! Consider this: Spanish has around 100,000 words, give or take, and Mexico has over 20,000 unique ones! How wonderful is that?
This blog will be dedicated to the beauty and richness of those unique Mexican words and expressions that I grew up with and are used by millions of people every day. Some are part of the vocabulary in other countries in Latin America, in which case I will do my best to mention them here.