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maydaybigEnjoy 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 Sanders cells here in the Homeland but the lamestream media sheeple won’t tell you that).

Tomorrow, May 1, is May Day AKA International Workers’ Day, when the communist comrades sing this stirring appeal, with its hummable melody and a vague vision of making the future great again that’s hard to disagree with, except maybe the LUCHA FINAL aspect. [Mas…]

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Your instructor today is named Amiyadae, and she is here to teach you how to pronounce “taco” in Spanish. Pay attention, because she’s only going to go through this once.

More like this? This VINE video has a few additional pronunciation tips (be sure to click on the speaker icon for sound): [Mas…]


POCHO’s Elise Valderrama is a Peruvian-American who moved to Florida as kid. That’s where she learned it’s not so easy being white.


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Live from her bedroom, California-native high school senior Allison Reyes explains the heartaches and joys of Being Hispanic. SPOILER: If she had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing.

[Dan McClintock is an artist, animator and illustrator.]

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We bet you can figure out Sophie’s French by yourself:

La Chica est le projet hybride de Sophie Fustec, artiste franco-vénézuélienne, qui propose un collage de textures sonores empruntées à son héritage traditionnel latino-américain et de diverses influences modernes en cassant les codes établis.

¡Wachale! POCHO Public Service New Year 2016 Punctuation Alert

by Chale Knickerbocker December 27, 2015 Cartoons
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The tilde — don’t leave home without it! Please share!

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This L.A. pocha wishes she could speak better Spanish (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 16, 2015 Cultura
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Los Angeles pocha Natalie Munguia didn’t learn Spanish when she was growing up, and now she feels left out, as she explains in this video for Sociology 244 at Whittier College. FYI, here’s the course description:

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Los Hip Hop Hoodíos fire up ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ for Chanukah (videos)

by SOY VEY December 4, 2015 Cultura
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Feliz Hanukkah from POCHO and the Hip Hop Hoodíos! Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sunset Sunday night and ends at sunset on December 14: Ocho noches means Ocho Kandelikas. This salsa version of Ocho Kandelikas comes from swingin’ L.A. Cantor Kenny Ellis. The lyrics are in Ladino, the Sephardic language with roots […]

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La Cucaracha: Where does Jeb! Bush stand, exactly? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 9, 2015 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: Sarah Palin says ‘Speak American!’ (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 24, 2015 Cartoons
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Happy Rosh HaShanah from the Jews of Tijuana! Happy 5776! (video)

by Comic Saenz September 11, 2015 Cultura
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Mexico, like the United Estates, is a “nation of immigrants.” In the 1900s, Tijuana welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing wars, hate and poverty in Europe, Asia and the Mideast. Tijuana Jews, the story of the extended Artenstein family, has become a POCHO Rosh HaShanah (New Year) tradition ever since we noticed rosh-ha-shanah rhymes with Tijuana. The […]

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GOP presidential candidates debate en Español (#TBT 2007 toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 10, 2015 Cartoons
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Tunnels from 1531 discovered under streets of Puebla, Mexico (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 8, 2015 Cultura
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The urban legend is true. There ARE massive tunnels underneath the streets of Puebla, one of the first major cities of Spanish-era Mexico. RT reports: “…authorities have now confirmed their existence, and say the secret passageways could date back 500 years. The city hopes to turn the tunnels into an attraction. The underground passages, which […]

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Phoenix TV anchor Vanessa Ruiz knows her Spanish, thanks (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 3, 2015 Cultura

Newly-hired Vanessa Ruiz of KPNX TV Channel 12 news knows how to properly pronounce her Spanish, thank you very much and no, she won’t apologize. Ruiz’ Facebook page is here. [Pinche Flash video may not play on your device.] We have totally been here before. Mira two videos from Gustavo Arellano and Gustavo Almadovar.

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First-generation Felipa was born ‘North of the Border’ (#TBT 1970 video)

by Verdana Bold September 3, 2015 Cultura
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First-generation Texas-born Filipa wants to be teacher, and she gets some early experience when she helps her uncle learn English so he can obtain a driver’s license for a new job. The documentary short Felipa: North of the Border is from 1970 and aired on CBS.

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Born in the USA: The secret downside of espeaking Spanglish

by Estefania Zavala August 3, 2015 Cultura
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“Wow, it’s so cool you can speak Spanish,” people tell me after they hear me on the phone with my mom. I say thanks and try to shrug it off, but I worry that letting them think that gives a mistaken impression. I mean, yes. I can speak Spanish. My parents taught me Spanish when […]

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Latino? Hispanic? Spanish? What’s the difference? (videos)

by Moctezuma Cortés July 17, 2015 Cultura
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Hispanic, Latino and Spanish are often used interchangeably in describing ethnicity. But what’s the right terminology? Feminist, vlogger and “critical thinker” Kat Lazo sets people straight. Nice Venn diagram, too.

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If Yanet Garcia does the weather it’s HOT HOT HOT! (video)

by Verdana Bold June 26, 2015 Cultura
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Televisa Monterrey Meteorologist Yanet Garcia has become an online sensation. Her June 20 weather forecast is all over the Internets — over half a million views on YouTube. The video, with the catchy title of Yanet Garcia y El Pronostico Del Tiempo 20-Jun-2015 Full HD, has even attracted the attention of high brow publications like […]

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Out of the night, when the full moon is bright! America’s first superhero

by Barney Asada May 26, 2015 Audio
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“The Zorro story, invented in 1919 by pulp fiction author Johnston McCulley, tells the tale of an aristocrat in Spanish California who dons a mask to fight against corrupt colonial officials on behalf of the oppressed,” writes Marlon Bishop of Latino USA.

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Neighbors complain local parrot curses in Spanish, or not (video)

by PUFF EL DRAGÓN MÁGICO May 18, 2015 El Now
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Rula the parrot, from Tracy, in San Joaquin County, is a dirty-mouthed bird according to Spanish-speaking — and Spanish-HEARING — neighbors. Or not. The animal authorities have been advised of the situation, but none of their on-staff critter wranglers are bilingual. PREVIOUSLY ON PARROTS WHO ESPEAK SPANISH:

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Latino USA: Favorite Spanglish words and Ilan Stavans (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 13, 2015 Audio
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Like puro pochos, the peeps at Latino USA talk Spanglish. In this episode they talk about their favorite Spanglish vocabulary words and also check in with expert and POCHO amigo Professor Ilan Stavans, who literally wrote the book on Spanglish.

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