Monday Vine – no me importa cómo se llama

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commands / Mexico / objects / present tense / reflexive verbs

Today’s Vine is by Daniel Sosa from Mexico.

He has become well known due to a series of Vines recreating things his mom says to him.  This is one such Vine.  Here’s the caption (I color-coded it so you can see how the Spanish words match up to English words):

Como cuando tu mamá dice mal el nombre de las Apps y si la corriges se enoja más

Like when your mom says the name of the app wrong, and if you correct her she gets more angry.

The Vine


  • Mamá: Ya, dame eso.
  • Mamá: Todo el día te la pasas en el Faceboom, en el Whapsupp, —
  • Hijo: [tries to interrupt to correct her]
  • Mamá: ¡No me importa cómo se [llama]!*


  • Mom: Enough, give me that now.
  • Mom: You spend your whole day on Faceboom, on Whapsupp, —
  • Son: [tries to interrupt to correct her]
  • Mom: I don’t care what it’s called!

The mom doesn’t finish saying cómo se llama (“what it’s called”) before the Vine ends, but that is the assumed phrase.

Slow-Mo Version

A note on “te la pasas”

The mom said,

todo el día te la pasas en… = all day, you spend it on…

Shouldn’t it be te lo pasas, because it’s how you spend el día (the day)?  Actually, no.

The phrase pasarsela haciendo algoto spend time doing something – is a common pre-packaged phrase, and the “la” is built into the phrase.  Even though we’re talking about a masculine word (el día) in this example, we still use “la.”  

Here are two more examples (in memes) that illustrate the phrase, conjugated for different people:

Me la paso buscando fotos para ustedes… y ni le dan like 😥 

I spend my time looking for photos for you guys… and you don’t even give them a Like 😥




Así que se la pasan haciendo memes… cuéntenme, ¿que se siente ser tan creativo?

So you guys spend your time making memes… tell me, what does it feel like to be so creative?



 Useful Phrases

  • Ya = Enough / OK / now.
    • See other posts (this, this, this) for more instances of the uber-popular word ya
  • Dame… = Give me…
    • dame eso = give me that
    • dame una mano = give me a hand
    • dame tus datos = give me your info (as in, your contact info)
  • No me importa. = I don’t care / I don’t mind.
    • Literally: “it doesn’t matter to me.”
    • importar = to matter
    • no te importa = you don’t care / you don’t mind.
    • no nos importa = we don’t care / we don’t mind.
  • ¿Cómo se llama? = What is it/he/she called?
    • Literally: “how does it call itself?”

Verb Tenses in this Vine

I’ll point out the verbs and tenses, and link to places where you can read more about each tense.

  • dame eso. = give me that.
  • te la pasas = you spend your time
  • no me importa = It doesn’t matter to me / I don’t care.


See if you can identify these words/phrases in English.

  • ya
  • ¡no me importa!
  • ¿te importa?
  • dame tu corazón
  • dame un minuto
  • dame eso
  • ¿Qué es eso?
  • todo el día
  • toda la vida
  • ¿Eso es todo?
  • ¿Cómo se llama?
  • No sé cómo se llama.
  • Te la pasas en el celular.
  • Me la paso en la cama.
  • Se la pasan bailando.

If you’re still reading this, watch the Vine again!  Then try to speak the words of the Vine out loud again, as slowly as you need to.

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