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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