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bidibom“What ARE you?” the Indian woman behind the counter asked.

I was at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New York City grabbing coffee. After handing me my change, the Indian woman wanted to know where I was from.

This happens often — whether I’m at a restaurant, an adult video store or a funeral. Inevitably someone will ask, “What are you?”

They ask in a way as if I look like the Elephant Man.

And then I realize that their question is one about my cultural identity. [Mas…]

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nigeltheparrotWhen he flew away from his British owner in Torrance, CA four years ago, Nigel talked with an English accent. When he returned last week, the talented African gray parrot spoke Spanish.

Here are the Pocho Ocho top phrases Nigel the Parrot picked up on his Raza Vacation:

8. No más “Nigel.” Mi nombre es “Miguel” ahora.

7. El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!

6. Polly quiere un Takis. [Mas…]

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spanglishsignAt the Trenton Crossing Shopping Center in McAllen, TX, they espeak Spanglish.

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It’s on the Internetz so it’s got to be right! Here’s how to pronounce “pocho,” according to Forvo.com. It’s a Spanish word, don’t you know.

“What exactly IS all this pocho talk?” you might ask.

Click for the answer.

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Ever have an awkward moment when you have to pretend to be an Anglo at the taqueria because you don’t speak Spanish? Alfonso “White Boy Mexican” Ochoa reports.

common-asian-chino(PNS reporting from NORMAL, ILL) Demographers at Pocho Asian American Policy Institute (PAAPI) here have just released a new map detailing the most common Asian languages spoken in the U.S., broken out on a state by state basis, in English and Spanish. [Click on image to enlarge.] [Mas…]

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Slate’s infographic mapping magic illustrates what we knew already — across most of the United Estates, Spanish is almost always the most commonly-spoken language besides English.

But after English and Spanish, what’s Numero Tres? Here in California, it’s Tagalog, first language of a quarter of all Filipinos and the second language of most. Pinoys, ruled by both Spain and the U.S., are the honorary (?) Latinos of Asia.

Tagalog? If you’ve got cooties, or play with a yo-yo, or live in the boondocks, you’re speaking Tagalog.

There are also unexpected results in Texas and Florida and New York and Illinois and…. Here’s the spoken language third place map: [Mas…]

Happy May Day from the Workers of the World (music video, lyrics)

by MOON GUAC May 1, 2014 Cultura
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Enjoy the Internacional, the world-wide (Get it? It’s international!) anthem of those red commie cabrones in Cuba and Venezuela and China and North Korea (and lurking in secretive cells everywhere else but the lame stream media sheeple won’t tell you that.) May 1 is May Day AKA International Workers’ Day. Today the communist comrades sing […]

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12-second educational video: How to say ‘Chicano’ in English

by Andalé Mono March 7, 2014 Cultura
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It is important that one pronounce “Chicano” properly, is it not, Sir? PREVIOUSLY ON PRONUNCIATION:

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‘Santa Claus’ [vs the Devil] wacko 1959 English-dubbed Mexican flick

by OLIVE THE OTHER REINDEER December 24, 2013 Cultura
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Who can help the innocent children of the world? It’s Christmas and the Devil is infecting their dreams! El Santa Claus — from his headquarters on a cloud in outer espace — is on the case with the help of friends like Merlin the Magicican. It’s fun for the whole family in English dub of […]

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Construction Zone: Must wear hard hat and mustache (photo)

by EresNerd December 19, 2013 Cultura
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¡Peligro! ¡Bigote! From two years ago, photographer and location unknown, found on Imgur PREVIOUSLY ON BIGOTE/MUSTACHE:

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Freddy Fender Hispanic Heritage Music Video: ‘Cielito Lindo’

by MOON GUAC September 25, 2013 Cultura
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Ai, yai, yai yai! The late great Tex-Mex music superstar Freddy Fender has his way with the 1882 ranchera classic Cielito Lindo. But do you know the words? ¡Ajua! Here are the lyrics via Wikipedia:

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[Breaking] Back to School: Boys named ‘José’ get new names

by EresNerd September 5, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) All across America, elementary school teachers performed a traditional back-to-school ritual this week — the ceremonial renaming of thousands of boys named “José.” The annual ritual is performed when teachers take roll in the morning: First, teachers call the boys named “José” by new “American” names, typically “Joe,” “Joey,” or […]

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Breaking: Marketing to Latins? Talk Latin to us, activists say

by ZACK A. TEXAS August 12, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from UPTON ABBEY, MI) Frater Cassius the Yon was adamant. “In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti,” he insisted in a rare English-language interview Sunday. “There is no such thing as Latin dancing, unless you mean the “dance of death” from the Black Plague. And Latin music is Gregorian chants, Enya and […]

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Pocho Ocho ways to tell you’re watching ‘Latino ñews’

by Especial Correspondents July 24, 2013 Cultura
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It’s no surprise to us Pochodores — it’s why we started POCHO.COM: Actual research reveals more and more U.S. Latinos are getting their ñews in Ingles – ñews from respected journalists like brothers Jorge Cooper-Ramos (right), and Anderson Ramos-Cooper (left.) OK, sometimes Latinos get their ñews from Gustavo Almadovar live in the O.C., but not lately. Meanwhile, Univision is leading […]

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Pocha Playmate of the Year speaks Spanish AND American (video)

by CHUCK FULLOVNATZ May 14, 2013 El Now
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Playboy’s first Pocha Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun, is bilingual. Hugh Hefner notes (after the one-minute mark) that the Chula Vista, CA native speaks both Spanish and “American.” (Totally nonironic video via Brussels, Belgium’s Jewish News One Network. Who knew?)

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Eligio El Nene wants you to know: ‘En America Se Habla Ingles’ (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 17, 2013 Cultura
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Eligio The Kid and his super hero squad of Extranjeros realize that in America, one needs to speak English. I’m so sorry you don’t know what I say!

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Pocho Palabra with @SaraChicaD ‘Supposebly’ (video)

by FLAN LANDERS April 12, 2013 Cultura
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón (@SaraChicaD on Twitter) doesn’t care what the rulebooks say. She’s going to keep on saying “supposedbly.”

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Pocho Palabra with @SaraChicaD ‘Irregardless’ (video)

by FLAN LANDERS April 11, 2013 Cultura
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón (@SaraChicaD on Twitter) doesn’t care what the rulebooks say. She’s going to keep on saying “irregardless.”

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Pocha Podcast: WTF is up with these catcalls? (NSFW audio)

by Soy Capitan April 8, 2013 Audio
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón in Los Angeles and New Jack City Burro Jefe Elise Roedenbeck got together in audioland to see if they could figure out WTF is up with guys and their weird catcalls and come-ons. Is it different in New York vs. L.A.? Are Spanish catcalls different from English? What’s […]

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Pocho Palabra: So you think you have balls, w/ @SaraChicaD (video)

by BIG JUANS February 27, 2013 Cultura
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It’s a fine line between drawers and testicles, as POCHO Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón explains in this one-minute video. She’s @SaraChicaD on Twitter. PREVIOUSLY… Pocho Palabra: Don’t get knocked up, with @SaraChicaD (video) ‘Espeak & Espell’ with @SaraChicaD (video)

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Pocho Palabra: Don’t get knocked up, with @SaraChicaD (video)

by BAY B. BOMP February 20, 2013 Cultura
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It’s a fine line between being embarrassed and being pregnant, as POCHO Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón explains in this one-minute video. She’s @SaraChicaD on Twitter. Too late you say, you already are pregnant? Have we got a video for you!

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‘Espeak & Espell’ with @SaraChicaD (video)

by Andalé Mono January 30, 2013 Cultura
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Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón has a one-minute Spanish lesson for you pochos. She’s on Twitter as @SaraChicaD.

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