There are few cultural products that are as cross-cultural as The Simpsons, that have been translated to tens of languages…yet, they are at the same time a 100% American expression. We discuss this and other topics related to the most famous family of Springfield.
And since the Simpsons rose to worldwide fame in the 1990s, we take advantage to talk about that decade a bit, and discover the differences between teenage fun in Argentina and the US through the experiences of Dan and Fer.
Spanglish Playground: phrases from Martín Fierro, the most famous and quoted book in Argentina. We talk a bit about American equivalents and Dan reads like a Gaucho, in English.
On this show, the debut of our gender contributor, Vero, for a talk about where to draw the line between consent and assault when it comes to women and alcohol in environments like parties, boliches, college life.
Misuses, mistranslations of English in Argentina.
And we recall the shows of Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana in BA, back in the 1990s.
I was looking at my fingers (dedos) today and I started thinking about how hard it is to say “De de dedo” which is the Spanish equivalent of “D as in dog”.
Why is it that my toes (dedos) have the same word as fingers in Spanish? They clearly have different uses. I cannot type with my toes for example and I cannot run on my hands.
I do understand that they are essentially analagous extremities and have ultimately the same bone structure. I also understand that it is common and frequent to use the modifier “de pie” when referring to toes (“dedos de pie”). But this is not always the case.
“Me cayo en el dedo” says an Argentine. So what does that mean? Did something fall on your finger or on your toe?
Then I started thinking about whether there is an English equivalent to this so called “dedo” problem. There is no body part in English that is like this except for cheeks. And ironically cheeks in Spanish (nalgas) are also used for both the cheeks on your face and butt cheeks.
So why is it that these two appendages which clearly have different functions and uses got the same name?