10 Things People Love Saying To Latinas

I get all kinds of remarks when people find out that I'm Hispanic. The fact that I don't "look Mexican" (whatever that means) sends people into a state of shock and evokes a nasty case of diarrhea-of-the-mouth.

By this point I've heard it all. I know that the majority of the time people don't mean to be offensive with their comments, but sometimes they make me cringe. I've compiled for you a list of the most frequent things I hear as an American-Latina...

"You don't look Mexican"...What does that mean? What am I supposed to look like? Latin American people all look different, just like people in the United States do.

"Can you say something in Spanish?"...Yes, I can say almost as many things in Spanish as I can in English. Do I want to stand here and say random words to you in Spanish? Not really.

"Do you mean New Mexico?"...I always get this comment when I tell people I grew up in Mexico City. No I don't mean New Mexico the state, I mean Mexico, the country directly south of us.

"You probably made straight "A's" in Spanish class"... I wish I would have. Did you make straight "A's" in English class?

You're not really Mexican, so you don't get it....I've gotten this comment from both Hispanic and non-Hispanic people. Because I'm multicultural (American-Latina) people assume I can't fully relate to one culture or the other.

It shouldn't take you long to translate that document... If you want me to literally translate it word for word then no, that shouldn't take long. If you want the document to make sense, then that might take a while.

You're probably really good at salsa dancing... This one makes me laugh because I consider myself to be rhythmically-challenged, I wish I could move like Shakira but unfortunately "my hips don't lie".

I bet you tan really easily... Nope. I actually have relatively fair skin and burn to a crisp if I don't wear sunscreen.

Is your family Spanish?...Spanish people are from Spain, the country. My dad is from Mexico, so he's Mexican.

Don't you just love J. Lo?...Whyyyyyyyy does it always have to be J. Lo? Let me tell you about Julieta Venegas, Belinda or Paulina Rubio.

13 comments :

Kallie @ But First, Coffee said...

haha I love that "did you get A's in Spanish" I teach ESL and have had some of my students take advanced of their native language and they never get perfect A's. I always try to explain that just like I don't teach them JUST conversational English they aren't learning JUST conversational language lol!
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Renata Barbosa said...

I can totally relate. When people find out I'm brazilian, the first thing that comes out of their mouth is, "but, you don't look brazilian!" Clearly, there is a specifici "way to look" if you are Brazilian, which isn't true, considering Brazil is a melting pot of many different races. I've also been asked if there were monkeys wandering the streets, to which I had to reply, but of course, because our entire country is made up of the amazon, we also walk around naked. Ignorance is just too much, lol. I also get asked if I can say something in Spanish, to which I reply, you mean portuguese?

marisa said...

People trying to correct you by saying New Mexico? I would lose it. I'm not stupid, I know where I'm from! I totally relate, my mom is light skinned but grew up in Venezuela and my Mexican dad's family only spoke English in their house! So you can imagine going to Mexico and even they were dumbfounded by my light Spanish speaking mom and my dark English speaking dad!

Kristina said...

Great post & your points are so true! I love getting the whole "you must love vodka" think since I'm Russian.

Diana [Life and Love Spoken Here] said...

I totally get you on this. Happens to me all the time. Great points Bri!

Empirically Erin said...

Hahaha I feel like I could have written this exact same post! Some people tell me "You look like a novela Mexican!"

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

I get the opposite...oh you are from Mexico when I say I'm from New Mexico. Bummer you can't get those straight A's, translate those documents fast, salsa dance, or tan easily! ;-)

Brittany said...

Whenever I tell people that I am Dominican they just stare me and don't believe it. Seriously? No I'm lying. So annoying.

Blitz And Glam said...

Ah, yes. The stereotypes. I know a little about that. ;-) Like the time a coworker yelled across a room of about 12 other people to ask me how much a "dime bag" is. My response: I don't know. I don't buy drugs.

sueannie said...

Ha love this
I am from Panama and I get some of the same things. I also get
*Can you make a lot of Spanish foods?
* can you teach me Spanish?

Pamela said...

Okay I am literally dying and clearly behind on reading your blog bc I just saw this and LOVE IT. SOOOO true!! I think we need to make this into a YouTube video! Haha!

Anna Dusek said...

See I am Brazilian, so what I hear is "Pelé", "Samba", "super small bikinis", "carnival", "monkeys", "so what you actually speak there if is not Spanish?" and now the famous "world cup". ♥ Anna Dusek

Anna Dusek said...

See I am Brazilian, so what I hear is "Pelé", "Samba", "super small bikinis", "carnival", "monkeys", "so what you actually speak there if is not Spanish?" and now the famous "world cup". ♥ Anna Dusek

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