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6 Latina Barbie Dolls Speaking Spanish Slang

Latina Barbie

Recently Mattel launched a Mexican Barbie that caused a negative reaction in the Hispanic community. This new Latina Barbie is part of their new collection “Barbie Dolls of the World” that also includes dolls from Chile, Argentina and Spain. This is not the first time that Mattel is selling a Mexican Barbie, but according to the critics, this particular one is too pink, stereotypical (comes with a Chihuahua) and includes a passport.

When I was a kid, Barbie dolls were my favorite toys. In my opinion these dolls have always been about stereotypes. When I saw all the pictures of the Barbies of the World collection, they reminded me of a traditional dress competition in the Miss Universe pageant. Nobody is against that so why so much outcry about these dolls? Maybe the Chihuahua was too much, but I kind of like the pink dress. Also, all the dolls from the collection “Barbie Dolls of the World” include a passport, not just the Mexican Barbie, so although I understand that the immigration topic is sensitive nowadays, a passport is a legitimate representation of world travel.

The only thing that Mattel missed here was a phrase book for each Latina Barbie. So, I thought I could help by suggesting some cool Spanish slang phrases and a name for each doll. Here are the Barbie dolls for Spanish speaking countries from the new collection plus other Hispanic Barbies from previous years.


Latina Barbie Dolls Speaking in Spanish

Latina Barbie Doll MexicoMexican Barbie Doll 2013

Official doll description:
“Mexico Barbie looks wonderfully bright in a pink dress with ruffles, lace and ribbon in brightly colored accents. With a ribbon in her hair and a Chihuahua friend, Barbie is ready for a fiesta. The Barbie Dolls of the World also come with accessories to add play value that include a passport and sticker sheet to help record Barbie doll’s travels.”

Mexican Spanish phrases for Barbie:
1. ¡Orale, está bien chingón tu coche!
2. ¡Híjole! ¿Llegaré a tiempo a casa ver la novela?
3. Güey te ves bien chido en la foto.

I would name her: Rosa

Latina Barbie Doll ChileChilean Barbie Doll 2013

Official doll description:
“Chile Barbie looks like the perfect cowgirl in the clothing of the huaso (Chilean cowboys). Lace ruffles peek out the neckline of her red vest and the slit in her knee-length corduroy skirt, a colorful sash is tied at her waist. Knee-high black boots and a traditional black hat complete the look. With her dog friend, Barbie is ready to round ’em up. The Barbie Dolls of the World also come with accessories to add play value that include a passport and sticker sheet to help record Barbie doll’s travels.”

Chilean Spanish phrases for Barbie:
1. Estoy super resfriada, estoy pa’ la cagá con los mocos y no sé dónde más sacar confort.
2. Ken es mi pololo.
3. Me carga la música charcha que escuchan los lolos.

I would name her: Claudia

Latina Barbie Doll ArgentinaArgentinian Barbie Doll 2013

Official doll description:
“Barbie from Argentina is ready to tango in a dress that captures the beauty and drama of the dance. A stunning blue satin bodice with a ruffle at the neck drops below the waist to a skirt of black flowing fringe. A black lace shawl, fishnet stockings and black heeled dancing shoes accessorize the outfit. For an Argentine tango touch of passion, Barbie doll has a rose around one ankle and in her hair. Her sweet baby cougar ensures she always has an audience. The Barbie Dolls of the World also come with accessories to add play value, which include a passport and sticker sheet to help record Barbie dolls travels.”

Argentine Spanish phrases for Barbie:
1. Ché Ken, ¿por qué no venís a tomar un mate hoy?
2. Ché, boludo, decíle a Ken que vamos al boliche.
3. Después de tanto quilombo, Ken quiso arreglar las cosas con una camiseta de Boca firmada por los jugadores.

I would name her: Andrea

Latina Barbie Doll SpainSpaniard Barbie Doll 2013

Official doll description:
“Spain Barbie wears a flamenco-inspired gown with ruffled layers and polka dot accents. Strappy shoes, drop earrings and a classic Mantilla comb complete her look. The doll comes in keepsake travel trunk packaging and includes a “pink passport” for the perfect way for Barbie to travel the world in style.”

Spanish phrases from Spain for Barbie:
1. Me niego a que Ken y sus amigos estén de botellín mientras yo ya estoy en la cama.
2. ¡Cómo mola la canción que me han dedicado!
3. ¡Gran concierto! Enhorabuena porque ha sido de puta madre. ¡Hostia, joder!

I would name her: Pilaria (On a special note, when I was in 4th grade I performed in a school play as a Spaniard named “Pilaria”.)

Latina Barbie Doll PeruPeruvian Barbie Doll 1999

Official doll description:
“Peruvian Barbie doll represents one of the most beautiful and mysterious countries in South America. She wears an authentic Peruvian dress and shawl in vibrant multicolored fabric reflecting the excitement, passion and beauty of Peruvian culture. Accompanying Peruvian Barbie doll is an adorable baby dressed in a turquoise-colored diaper and a red hat.”

Peruvian phrase book ideas:
1. Ayer bajando del bus me caí. ¡Qué palta!
2. Salgo de la chamba a las tres.
3. Te estuve llamando por la mañana y tu, nancy que berta.

I would name her: Open for suggestions!

Latina Barbie Doll Puerto RicoPuerto Rican Barbie Doll 1997

Excerpt from the back of the box:
“I hope you like the special white dress I am wearing. It is very typical of a dress I might wear to a festival or party. The white color keeps me cool in our warm climate which is usually between 70 and 80 degrees all year around.”

Puerto Rican Spanish phrases for Barbie:
1. ¡Ay bendito!
2. Ken me dijo que no tiene chavos así que pa’ ningún la’o que vamos hoy. Está arranca’o.
3. Mera, con este traje de jíbara no puedo bailar reggaeton.

I would name her: Jariana (Puerto Ricans love to combine names to create new ones. So “Jariana” is the combination of Jared and Diana.)

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about these Barbie dolls. And if you are a native Spanish-speaker for any of these countries, write in some good local slang phrases for Barbie.

Check out these other Learning Spanish Slang articles.

Featured photo credit: Tracheotomy Bob via photopin cc | Barbie dolls photos: Amazon.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/dark.malina Rommy Bejar

    jaja que la Chilena diga: y tnto te importa perro qliao?!

  • Rosa Jimenez

    Just ran into this web and I’m somewhat concerned about the “Spanish Slang” these Barbies are saying. Most of them are using curse words. I know many people from different countries and not all “Ladies” curse, besides Barbie is an American Icon and I don’t believe the Latin American people would like to buy a doll that curses. As for the Puerto Rican doll, this I can tell you for a fact. #1 is ok, it’s a common saying in the island. #2 Therei is no Puerto Rican “Ken” as far am concerned so this should be revised. #3 The word “Mera” is only used by uneducated people the word should be “Mira” (look) reggaeton is not a Puerto Rican dance. is from the Dominican Republic. Looking at the doll’s dress the most appropriate saying would be. “I’m all dressed up to do the “danza or Bomba” (typical dances…the pink ribbon & flower should be red). The dolls are beautiful but just like any beautiful woman all she has to do is open her mouth, curse and she’s no longer beautiful. I don’t know if these are prototypes but I believe they should be sold mute. I would love to have all of them. I don’t know who was your adviser, but they are wrong.

    • Diana Caballero

      Hola Rosa: Gracias por tu comentario. Primero no quiero que te sientas ofendida porque estas frases. Esta entrada es un chiste. Estas muñecas no hablan. Yo escribí solo ejemplos de como habla la gente común en algunos países. Son frases o palabras que escucharías si visitas los países (buenas o malas, existen). Este “post” es mi opinión de como yo me imagino que hablaría una persona común y corriente. Es exagerado y divertido. La persona que escribió las frases para Puerto Rico fui yo, que soy puertorriqueña de Pura Cepa. El reggaeton se hizo popular por cantantes urbanos de Puerto Rico en los 90’s, hoy en día ya está más internacionalizado, pero Dominicano no es. “El reguetón se podría decir que nace de un intercambio cultural y musical entre Panamá y Puerto Rico a partir de los años 90.” (Fuente: Wikipedia) El traje de la Barbie puertorriqueña, sí puede ser de Bomba o Plena que son ritmos tradicionales y folclóricos de Puerto Rico (no creo que sea de Danza, cuyo traje es más formal).

      • http://www.speakinglatino.com/ Jared


        Hi Rosa: Thank you for your comment. First, I don’t want you to feel offended by these phrases. This post is a joke. These dolls don’t speak. I wrote only examples of how normal people speak in some countries. They are phrases or words that you would hear on a visit to those countries (good or bad, they exist.). This post is my opinion of how I imagine a normal person would speak. It’s exaggerated and fun. I was the person that wrote the phrases for Puerto Rico, and I am 100% Puerto Rican. Reggaeton became popular with urban singers from Puerto Rico in the 1990’s, and now it is more international, but it is not Dominican. “One can say that reggaeton is born from a cultural and musical exchange between Panama and Puerto Rico beginning in the 90s” (Source: Wikipedia). The dress for the Puerto Rican Barbie can be for Bomba or Plena which are traditional foklore rhthyms from Puerto Rico (no don’t think it is Danza, whose dress is more formal”.

  • Rosa Jimenez

    One more thing who is Jared and Diana? Jariana? How about Aurora (means sunrise) to start.

    • Diana Caballero

      Jared Romey and Diana Caballero are the creators of this blog Speaking Latino. Jariana is a combination of both of our names. Combining names is common practice to create new baby names in Puerto Rico. You can read more about us here: http://www.speakinglatino.com/about-us/

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