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Eric: Hello and welcome to Culture Class: Mexican Superstitions and Beliefs, Lesson 1 - Tuesday the 13th and Tortillas. I'm Eric and I'm joined by Alex.
Alex: Hola! Hi, I'm Alex.
Eric: In this lesson we’ll talk about two common superstitions in Mexico. The first superstition is about bad luck. What’s the superstition called in Mexican Spanish?
Alex: martes 13
Eric: Which literally means "Tuesday the 13th." Alex, can you repeat the Mexican Spanish phrase again?
Alex: [slow] martes 13 [normal] martes 13
Eric: In Mexico, you shouldn't do anything important like traveling, weddings, or business deals, on Tuesday the 13th.
Alex: It’s because Tuesday the 13th is believed to be the day of bad luck.
Eric: This superstition probably originated in part because of the Spanish word for Tuesday.
Alex: Martes comes from Mars, the Roman god of war.
Eric: And 13 is considered an unlucky number in many Christian countries.
Alex: So all together, Tuesday the 13th is a very unlucky day.
Eric: The second superstition is about good luck. What’s the superstition called in Spanish?
Alex: tirar una tortilla al suelo
Eric: Which literally means "dropping a tortilla on the floor." Let’s hear it in Mexican Spanish again.
Alex: [slow] tirar una tortilla al suelo [normal] tirar una tortilla al suelo
Eric: In Mexico, it's believed that if you drop a tortilla on the floor, you will have company.
Alex: Some people believe you will have unpleasant or unwanted company.
Eric: I’ve heard this superstition was created to discourage people from wasting food.
Alex: Possibly. Tortillas are an important food for Mexicans and shouldn’t be wasted.
Eric: So if I should drop a tortilla, I should expect unwelcome company?
Alex: You never know! It could be good company instead!


Eric: There you have it - two Mexican superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Alex: Hasta pronto!


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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Did you already know about these superstitions?

Saturday at 2:25 pm
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Hola Toni,

Thank you for your comment.

We're happy to know you enjoyed the lesson.

Please let me know if you have any question or doubt.

Sigamos practicando!



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Thursday at 4:41 am
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I didn't know about either of these superstitions. Quite interesting.

Saturday at 4:01 pm
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Hola Alana,

Thank you for studying with us! Great to hear you're enjoying our lessons!👍

Just a minor note: please also check out our lesson:


which is focused on the use of the verb "gustar" > plural.

Looking forward to seeing you often here.



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Saturday at 12:57 am
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Me gusta tus lecciones👍

Tuesday at 12:48 pm
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Hola Mohamed,

Thank for sharing!

It's very interesting how different cultures share similar things, this always makes me think at the end we all were one culture at first.

Yo también quiero viajar por todo el mundo. :sunglasses:



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Saturday at 4:50 pm
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hola !that was interesting lesson.

we have something similar in _Egypt , it's about spilling milk on the floor. they said if it happens by mistake then it's good .

i liked today's word ( viajar ) i can write the sentence to practise

Quiero viajar por todo el mundo:smile:


Sunday at 6:03 am
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Hola Trisha,

I think you are talking about other lesson.

But "ears" in Spanish is "orejas" as "ear" is "oreja"

"oído" in the other hand means the internal part of "ears" and also the capacity to hear as a sense.

So, when we talk about "oreja" means the physical part of the body and when we talk about "oído" means everything we can do with it.



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Friday at 11:08 am
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In the pdf, "ears" are translated as "oido" (With an accent) and "oreja." What is the difference?

Saturday at 1:57 pm
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Hola Monsooncindy,

Thank you for sharing. :wink:

Having similar beliefs only show us how we all come from the sample place. What do you think?



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Saturday at 8:52 am
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In the US, Friday 13 is said to be a bad luck day. Here, when we drop silverware on the floor, it is said that company is coming: if a knife, then a man; if a spoon a woman. Interesting to find that other cultures have similar beliefs.