what did they say? a telenovela glossary

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what did they say? a telenovela glossary

  • No puede ser [no poo-eh-deh sehr]

    noun

    1. It can't be

    Why it's important to know: William Levy is your long lost half-brother? No puede ser!
  • Pordiosera [pohr-deo-serah]

    noun

    1. beggar

    2. hobo

    Why it's important to know: Thalia was a pordiosera once or twice. Whaaaaa?
  • Tachas [tá-chas]

    noun

    1. ecstasy.

    2. MDMA

    Why it's important to know: Too many of these plus a bottle of tequila equal a recipe for disaster.
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  • Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda

    proverb

    1. A monkey dressed in silk, is still a monkey.

    Why it's important to know: Metaphorical monkeys are in all novelas.

    *Bonus: Carmen Salinas is the wisest woman on TV. Get to know her.
  • Maldito [mahl-dee-toh]

    adjective

    1. bastard

    2. loathsome

    3. fuc#!$

    Why it's important to know: There are a lot of malditos in novelas that will make our heroes cry. A lot.
  • El diablo es puerco [ehl dee-ah-blow ehs poo-err-koh]

    proverb

    1. The devil is a pig.

    2. The devil is dirty.

    Why it's important to know: It warns others of falling into temptation, which they most likely will, but it's nice to have a warning.
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  • Naca [naa-kah]

    adjective

    1. derogatory; usually a person who doesn't follow the cultural norm of behavior, expression and/or physical appearance.

    2. Unsophisticated

    3. Someone from a lower social economic class

    Why it's important to know: The naca is usually the hero of the novela (before she inherits a million dollars and gets a makeover.)
  • Want your William Levy fix but don't quite understand Spanish? Want to watch sexy Latinas weep their way through impossible situations, but can't find the SAP button? Check out our very own telenovela glossary and you'll be ready to gasp, laugh and cry along with your new guilty pleasure.
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