Mónica Robles: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
1:37 Spokane, WA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spokane,_Washington
3:06 a bit of a tomboy a girl somewhat like a boy in culturally non-traditional ways (clothing or physical activities)
3:26 quinceañera major celebration in Latin cultures when a girl reaches her fifteenth birthday
4:19 machismo cultural attitude that says men must be strong and aggressive (but not allowed for women)
5:08 Motorcycle Safety Foundation www.msf-usa.org
5:17 major acquisition very large purchase
5:57 aviator hat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviator_hat
6:44 ground lessons learning about airplanes, instruments, weather, and other flying topics before going up in the air
6:45 very disciplined having a very controlled way of behaving or working
6:47 American Consulate U.S. diplomatic mission on foreign soil
7:40 endorsed officially approved and licensed
7:44 come in handy become very useful
8:07 multilevel marketing industry (MLM) a marketing system where the sales force is paid not only for sales they make, but also for the sales of the salespeople that they recruit
8:23 Amway Corp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amway
9:14 entails involves
10:35 acronym a kind of abbreviation
10:36 Mo(ther) Nat(ure) www.monatglobal.com
12:06 take under the wing guide or nurture (like a mother hen with baby chicks)
12:12 on the spot right there in that place
12:16 hit the ground running not hesitating, begin moving forward immediately
12:28 engaging left and right making connections in all directions

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