Learn text Slang in Spanish

Become text message savy in Spanish!  A super fun tidbit of cool pop culture is what I’d like share with you guys today.   Here’s some pointers you guys can use to have fun with Spanish and impress your friends.


HI – The word “Saludos” (meaning ,greetings) is often used online or in texts rather than hola. Here is how you add a slang twist to it :  “Salud2″ = Made up of “salud” and the number two which is pronunced “doh-ohs”  like the ending of the word saludos.

WHY? In Spanish the phrase for why is “por que?” the first word in the phrase “por” is also used in math for mulitplying to mean “times” as in  one times two = uno por dos.  Thus in a text the word “Por” would be subbed by an X. As you may know it’s super fun and common in texts and online slang it’s to mess with words and give them cool, crazy new spellings. The second word in “por que” gets a slang twist like this: either q which starts the word off or K which also makes the same sound as Q are used instead of writing the whole word out, thus u get “X q? or X  k?” you could also use “X que?” all three are acceptable.

SO- SO /SORT OF =  In Spanish we use the expression “mas o menos” literally “more or less” to mean so- so or sort of. You can use “mas o menos” when some one asks you how you are or  how something was. You can use it to mean “more or less” when someone asks if you are familar with something, if you liked something, if something’s easy…etc you get the idea. The text way to write this expression is =  “+O -” an o in Spanish is used for “or”.

THANK YOU = “Gracias” turns into to Grax

I DON’T KNOW –  “No sé”  is how you say “I don’t know”  in Spanish.  In text slang it converts to “No C” the letter c is pronunced “seh” like the conjugation of saber (to know) when you mean to say “I know”.  You can also use “Ya C” meaning  “yea, I  know, or I know that already.”

Really good, truly awesome –  SBLN : These letters stand for “Super Bien La Neta”, which would translate to something like = honestly, pretty good, or actually pretty awesome.”   You can use it when someone asks how you are or how something was or what you think of something.

WHAT’S UP/WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? “Que haces” = k acs? The letter K is used to mean “que?”  the letters A+C+S are used because a & c’s pronunciations (ah & seh) sound like the begining of the verb haces (you do), the letter s of course fills in the last sound in the word. 

I REALLY DON’T CARE, WHATEVER, DOESN’T MATTER – ” Me da igual” Literally, it’s all the same to me : “Me da =” The equal sign stands for same/equal pronounced in Spanish ee-guah-ahl . Another way to say “me da igual” is M.D.I. If you just say “da igual, or D.I. that wouldn’t mean I don’t care, I’d mean: there really is no difference, it’s pretty much the same thing (when comparing things, decisions, events.)

LOVE YOU SO MUCH –Te quiero Mucho” is written “TKM” .  What’s with the K??  Again it’s the messing with words’ spellings thing.  Here the word “quiero” conjugation of the verb “querer” meaning , I love  gets a text twist spelling and so  K represents the word.  Some do use “TQM” , it’s up to you both ways are fine.

PLEASE – The phrase for please in Spanish “Por favor” is often shortened in spoken slang to “por fa” in text slang that’d be “X Fa”

FYI -“Para Tu Información”- = P.T.I.

YOU HURT MY FEELINGS – “Heriste Mis Sentimientos” = HMS

I SEE, I UNDERSTAND – “lo entiendo” = L.E.

KISSES – Besos”= Bsssssss The begining of the word kisses “besos” is pronunced like the letter b (beh)+  the ending besos(sohs) is subbed by a  S, the more S you put in there the more kisses you mean like when you say x0x0.

WEEKEND –“Fin de semana”  shortened to = Fin d smn or Fin d

AWESOME! THAT’S GREAT! “Genial” becomes =  gnl (again it’s a letter sound thing)

LATER Hasta Luego = “h lgo”

SEE YOU TOMORROW –Hast mañana = “hsta mña or h mña”

HOW FUNNY/ WHAT A RIOT! = “Que risa!” lieterally meaning “such laughter” used to express lol or lmao .  “Que risa” turns to=  “K rsa!

Be quiet/ SHUT UP!- Cayallate= turns to “kyat” the letter K in Spanish is pronounced “cah” like the beginning of  the word “callate” +ya+  the letter T whose pronunciation (teh) sounds like the ending of the word  for be quiet(callate).

WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU/ WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU – “Que te pasa?”=  “q t psa?”

GET LOST! – “Pierdete” = “pdt”

HAVE A GOOD DAY = Que tengas un buen dia = qt1bd is made up of the first letters in the words for “have a nice day” = Que Tengas Un Buen Dia  and the number one , in Spanish pronunced “uno” from which”un” meaning  “a”  derives from.

SURE, SURE OF COURSE – “sí, sí, claro, claro” = ss cl cl


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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Spanish Class: Slang & Cool phrases


Curious about slang in Spanish, wondering about popular &  fun expressions??

Yup it’s all about SLANG in today’s Spanish Section.   ENJOYNESS MUCH!!(DISCLAIMER : As always I apologize for any misspellings as my skills in that department suck. Especially accents so I’m not even gonna try & mess with that =P .    Also this is a  Mexican culture blog, so the slang I will be covering is of course  Mexican Spanish)

Andale!   = An exclamation which can mean  OMG!/ Incredible!/ You don’t say!

Andale literally means   “go ahead”. You can use it in  this way to say : hurry up, Or to encourage someone who is unsure.

Example:  “Did you hear that Susie just broke up with Steve?”  “Andale!” /  “Didn’t I tell you to bring me some water?!” “Andale!” / “Girl I like  the new guy, but… ” “Andale!” (go get him!)

Es broma/Es chiste/= It’s a joke

No te creas= Literally this means “Don’t believe it.” Is used to mean just kidding.

EXAMPLES: “Do you think this outfit is  ugly?”  “Yes, where’d you buy it?!”  “Ha ha,  No te creas es broma!”

Conper= short for  “Con Permiso” which means “excuse me”.

Vajale!= This expression literally means “Turn it down”. Used for : Calm down, stop  exaggerating, turn off the drama, get off my case, don’t talk or treat me that way.

Pintate de colores= Literally this means “Paint yourself  diffrent colors”  Not  sure where this expression comes from, but it is probably referring to camouflage & (blending),  because it’s meaning is: go away or make yourself disappear.

Ponte Buso or just Bus0= buso/busa comes from the shortening of the word “Abusado” (alert, on the ball, on your toes) ponte is to ready one’s self or make one’s self a certain way. This is kinda of play on words as the word buso sounds like buzo ” scuba diver”.

Aguas! = Look out! *Used to tell someone they’re  in trouble. It can be said if someone is about to be hurt, or if they are trying to do something secretly & are about to be caught.

A toda maquina= This means with the whole machine or all mechanisms. It’s something along the lines of:  full speed ahead or at full throttle.  Can be used to mean: “It’s on!” ,  or  “It’s great in every way!” “Nothing , but the best!” “To the fullest!”

Chido= Cool, great, awesome, fun.

Codo= Literally this means “elbow”, however it is used to refer to someone who is cheap, a tightwad, a penny pincher, doesn’t share.  Sometimes people will not even say this, but instead just point to their elbow.  =D

Mala onda= Literally this means “bad vibe/wave”. Used to mean : that’s bad, that sucks, what luck! , too bad , I’m sorry about that.  A situation can be “mala onda” or a person can too, if they are: mean, boring, inconsiderate…. not fun to hang out with etc

Here’s another funny one:  “Hacer la de tos” .  Literally this means to make  into a cough.  A cough can be serious right? Especially if someone  is in need of water & it’s  to the point where their cough is so bad they can’t breathe.  However , people can also fake a cough i.e . this alludes to someone making something out of nothing, exaggerating, faking it.

Esta como quiere! = Literally: “He/she is however they want to be” = They’re so fine, so sexy, super handsome/ gorgeous,  way hot! What a hottie! What a babe!

Tu Circo se acabo= Literally “Your Circus is over” :This means your fun /entertainment is over.  Can be said when someone is making fun of you, or to tease someone who was previously having fun & their plans have gone awry.