Episode 13: A (not so) long time ago, in a (barrio) not too far, far away, Dec 30, 2010

Where James Brown sings about Palermo, and our American lawyer Laurence makes his debut,

Where the individual is pitted against society and the greater good,

Where cleaning up after your dog actually is a topic of debate

And artificial beaches reign, in a trade embargoed country….


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Cheat Sheet for Episode 12

Not only language, but also cultural tips to accompany the latest episode of BA Cast!

  1. Pelotudo: perhaps, the closest translation of “Asshole”
  2. “Lo atamo’ con alambre”: “We tie it up with wire”…meaning “we’ll make do”. In Argentina, it expresses a way of life, a philosophy of improvisation.
  3. Chapuza: The word that comes closest to define the above concept in Spain.
  4. Tinelli, Marcelo: TV host. His show “Bailando por un sueño” is by far the most popular in Argentine prime time television.
  5. Diarieros: Newsstands.
  6. Teses: an utterly incorrect -yet used- word for the plural of “Tea” (Rigth word is: “Tes”).
  7. Maté cocido: Mate tea drank from a cup, like regular tea.
  8. South/North of Rivadavia: Rivadavia is what 5th Avenue is to Manhattan…it divides the city into two halves.
  9. “Tenés hOmbre?”: “Have you got a man?”
  10. “Tenés hAmbre?”: “Are you hungry?”
  11. Nochebuena: Christmas Eve.

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Episode 12: Naked Xmas in Palermo’s Sugar Bar, Dec 23, 2010

With material mainly taped in this famous BA Expats rendezvous point, we bring you this week:

The use of the very Argentine expression (and philosophy) of “Lo atamo’ con alambre” with the collaboration of Juanma from Spain.

Laws of Mate part IV!

Guest chamuyeros Diva from Bitch tours and Frank Almeida of Sugar and Spice Cookies talk about nudity, thongs, and moral limits…and in connection with that, Dan analyzes the sexual content of an Argentine prime-time TV show clip.

María Carra of BA Foodies with the Top 5 teas of the city.

First language misunderstanding story of the Sugar Bar Sessions, with owner Marty Hanna…

Feliz Christmas to todos!


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Spanish Language Cheat Sheet for Episode 11

  • Negro: Black
  • ¡Calláte!: Shut Up!
  • Villa: Slum
  • Qué hacés?”: What’s up?
  • Qué tal Flaco?”: How is it going skinny one? (literal), How is it going dude/mate? (real)
  • Morocho: Dark skin or black hair.
  • Bolivianos: Bolivians
  • Negra de alma, no de piel”: “Black soul, not black skin”
  • Tereré: Cold Mate Tea prepared with Juice
  • Bueno, Muchachos”: “OK, lads/boys”
  • “Como te moves, como te veo…”: “The way you move, the way I see you”
  • Parecés un gato”: “You look like a cat”
  • Qué dijiste?: “What did you say?”

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Che, negro…it’s episode 11: Dec 16, 2010

We discuss all things having to do with race, racism and Villa Soldati.
Dan Karlin sings about being an “Inmigrante Legal”.
Installment 3 of the Laws of Mate.
A blog commentary on Gym’s in Buenos Aires courtesy of Tara and Karina…
A Rebuke of Frank Almeida’s Top 5 “Meh’s” with Fernando’s Top 5 “Que Pesados”
Next week on Tuesday the 21st we’re at Sugar Bar from 7pm o to 9pm for your chance to get on BA Cast!
Casey Kasem presents this week’s chau tune for Margaret from Chicago… “Que Tendrá el Petiso” by Ricky Maravilla.


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Spanish language Cheat Sheet for Episode 10

Bondi: slang for bus

Colectivo: the main word for bus in Argentina

Monedas: Coins (you need them to pay for the ticket, as machines don’t take banknotes…they’re fixing that now with a NY metrocard´style thing called SUBE, but it’s not totally widespread yet)

¡Que se callen la boca!: Shut up!

Quilmes: The main beer brand in Argentina

Churros: Fried-dough snacks

Chimichurri: a spicy (according to Argentine standards) sauce for barbeques.

Cebador: the person in charge of a mate round, bah…pouring the mate.

Birome: Ball-point pen

Salsa Golf: Mayonnaise

Plaza Mitre: A square near the British embassy in BA.

Plaza Britannia: the pre-Malvinas war name of the Argentine Air Force Square, which is opposite Retiro railways station.

Kiosco: where you get your candies, cigarettes, etc

Una Banda: literally a band, it can mean “loads of people”

Un Vagón: a train car

Un Par: a pair, a couple

Puñado: handful

Pizca: pinch

Poquito: little bit

Encargado: building’s superintendent

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Episode 10: The Predator of Colectivos, December 9, 2010

A Week of Debuts!

From Area 3… chamullamos about colectivos, El Sesenta Es La Posta, and other supposedly Argentine inventions … Top 5 “Meh” Things according to Frank Almeida of Sugar and Spice cookies… Part II of THE LAWS OF MATE… The debut of Eternautas historic and cultural audio guides to the city of Buenos Aires. This week “Canning: The One-Handed Prime Minister”…. Another Debut: Our first Local Chat with Juan Farias, Fernando’s not so long lost brother… Spanglish Playground: amounts… This week’s song dub (and we do mean dub!): Cincuenta Centavos, dale nene!


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Language Cheat Sheet for Episode 9

  • Dos Puntos: Colon (punctuation)
  • Bronca: Rage, Anger, Fury
  • Mate: the most popular non-alcoholic drink in Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Yerba: the herbs used for making the drink.
  • Lavado: literally washed, but in a mate drinking context: a poor mate, that lost flavour.
  • Aguado: too much water in it.
  • Usado: used.
  • Cebador: the person who pours mate.
  • No hay yerba: There’s no more Yerba.
  • Tomamos unos mates?: Do we drink some mate?
  • Tomamos unos matienzos?: Slang way of saying the latter.
  • Barajas: Madrid’s International Airport
  • Mauricio Macri: Buenos Aires City Mayor

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Episode 9: The Laws of Mate, Dec 2, 2010

And not only do we codify the Argentine system (yes they have an extremely strict, somewhat fascist system for drinking mate) for mate consumption, but Fer sings about the “pena” of when his mate ends… and me about when my latte is over. Then come ruminations on the culture of customer service not only in Argentina but in the US and other countries. Top 5 questions asked by tourists as told by The Bitch Tours’ Diva… and a hard rock finale!


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