Spanish: Fun With Slang Part 1(Mexican)


The coolest part about learning a language is picking up cool colloquial  expressions and learning how to sound like a true native speaker.  So what’s the word with the cool Mexican kids? The following post is the skinny on Mexican Slang. *disclaimer: sorry I don’t know the rules for indicating pronunciation the way the dictionary does so I’ve spelled things out in a way that should  give you an idea of the sound(I hope). If you would like to perfect pronunciation practice with a Spanish speaking friend, these phrase are super easy.  Or you can practice your Spanish vowel and consonant sounds with the following videos:   CONSONANTS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvw_pYurmmE VOWELS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tLAp5DMOuo You’ll be happy to know vowels are super easy they only have one unchanging pronunciation unlike English vowels sounds =D Sorry but consonants get a bit tricky.

*They excluded an explanation for  x & double L.  Many English speakers will pronounce the ll as having… well a double L sound. The correct sound for a double L is a Y sound as in llorar(to cry) yoh-rahr , llamar (to call) yah-mahr. The letter X can be kinda tricky as it can sound like an S,K, or J. However there are very few words with X in them so  it’s easy to memorize how the words are said . EXAMPLES: Examen= ehk- sah-mehn, Mexico= Meh- hee-koh, Texas= Teh-hahs,  Xavier= hah-vee-ehr ,  Quixote= keeh-hoh-teh, S = Xilofono = see-loh-fah-no

WORD: CHIDO or PADRE       MEANING: COOL, GREAT, AWESOME! Can be used alone,  just like the word cool in English.      PRONUNCIATION: chee- doh/pah-dreh

SAMPLE SENTENCES: Que nombre tan chido! = What a really cool name!   Esa ropa esta  padre = those clothes are cool.  Ta(short for esta) chido = “That’s cool” can mean I really like that or can be used when you mean to say: I agree, let’s do it, that’s fine/ok.  If a friend shares something cool that happened to them like they just got a new sports car, won a million dollars lol  you can say “Que chido!” =  “how cool”. That’s awesome, great for you!

WORD: CUATES     MEANING : FRIENDS, BUDDIES, PALS (singular cuate)      PRONUNCIATION: kuah-teh-ehs

SAMPLE SENTENCES: Me la paso rebien con mis cuates. = I have lots of fun with my friends.  Eres mi mejor cuate. = You’re my best friend.

Siempre puedo contar en mis cuates = I can always count on my friends.

PHRASE : ERES LA NETA   MEANING: You are the absolute best. The real deal when it comes to awesome.   PRONUNCIATION: eh-rehs- Lah-neh-tah

SAMPLE SENTENCES: Gracias por tu ayuda, eres la neta! = Thanks for you’re help you’re the best.    Esa banda es la neta! = That band rocks!

WORD: SALE/  SAZ       MEANING: Ok, let’s do it, I’m game. I’ll go along with that idea.  PRONUNCIATION: sah-leh/ sa-ahz

WORD: OSO     MEANING: A terribly embarrassing moment, a huge faux pas. Situation where you make a  complete fool of yourself, look like total clown.  PRONUNCIATION: oh-soh   SAMPLE SENTENCES: Que oso! Oh my gosh how embarrassing! Que oso hiciste en el centro comercial!   Wow! you sure made a fool of yourself  at the mall.

PREFIX: RE    MEANING: Added to adjectives to mean extra, really ,super    PRONUNCIATION: This is a word where the  r is rolled=  rreh

EXAMPLES: re+feo = super ugly (guy or noun which is considered masculine grammar wise)/  , re+bonita= a total beauty(girl or noun which is considered feminine grammar wise) re+chido = super mega ultra cool , re+te+harto= a whole lot as in “Te quiero rete harto” = I love you a whole lot , comi rete harto= I ate a whole lot   re+rapido=  super fast, re+aburrido= to be super bored/ something is very boring.

WORD: FRESA    MEANING: a preppy, a snob, spoiled rich kid  PRONUNCIATION: freh sah

EXAMPLES: bola de niños fresa =nothing but a bunch of snobs, No seas fresa= don’t act like such a preppy

WORD: PIPIRISNAIS(adjective) = MEANING= Ooh la la, so fancy! Often used to make fun of those who think they’re all that, better than others, high class. PRONUNCIATION = pee-pee- rees-nah-eehs  SAMPLE SENTENCES: Vamos a comer en este restaurante? Que pipirisnais! We’re going to dine at this restaurant? Ooh la la, how fancy. Se cre la muy pipirisnais. She thinks she’s a dutches or something.

NACO=Can be a noun or adjective.  A nerd, dweeb, someone who’s socially inept a person without a clue when it comes to class or style. Totaly lame,  not the least bit  cool. PRONUNCIATION: NAH-KOH

A website in Spanish has a daily fashion show down in the entertainment section where it posts pics of celebs the title of the competition is “naco o chido”  meaning hot or not.

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