Colombian Slang – the slang from Colombia
Colombia is one of the largest and most influential Spanish speaking countries and has a long standing history of sophisticated culture and language. Some say that the cleanest and most pure Spanish originates from Colombia.
But there is also a lot of Spanish slang from Colombia that is worth looking at as it comes up again and again in the lingo of the people in everyday life.
Are you traveling to Colombia?
Don’t forget to always take your laptop with you. You can learn more Spanish if you take notes every day and save them on your desktop. Then you can easily look at it again in the evenings and review the words and phrases. But at the same time, please take care of your laptop. Especially when travelling it is easy to drop or scratch it. Protect you laptop with cute laptop sleeves! They don’t look boring and they help you keep your laptop safe to learn more Spanish.
1) Colombian Slang: abrirse
English: (to split up) to leave
2) Spanish Slang: aporrear
English: to accidentally fall
3) Colombian Slang: arepera
4) Spanish Slang: arrecho
5) Spanish Slang: bacán, bacano, bacana
English: Someone or something cool, kind, friendly
6) Spanish Slang: barra (bar)
English: One thousand Colombian pesos
7) Spanish Slang: berraco, berraca
English: this is the Colombian slang par excellence, it is embraced by all regardless of social status and interestingly understood and used in every region of the country) Es un/a berraco/a (Someone hardcore,awesome, worthy of admiration, the “man”) “eres una berraca”
8) Spanish Slang:caliente
9) Spanish Slang: camello
10) Spanish Slang: caspa/calilla
English: a badly-behaved person
11) Spanish Slang: catorce
English: a favor
12) Spanish Slang: cojo
English: Something weak or lack of sense
13) Colombian Slang: corroncho
English: Something really tacky or ordinary, derogatory of people from the Caribbean area of Colombia.
14) Spanish Slang: chévere
15) Spanish Slang: chicharrón
English: A problem, something to deal with
16) Spanish Slang: chino
17) Spanish Slang: chutear
English: to kick
18) Spanish Slang: embarrar
English: To mess with, to get in trouble.
19) Spanish Slang: entucar
English: to make out
20) Spanish Slang: filo
21) Spanish Slang: fresco
English: “Be cool!”
Why Colombian Slang?
Some say that the best, cleanest Spanish is spoken in Colombia. I would not want to start a discussion about that, but it is certainly one of the great Spanish speaking countries that has and will always influence the Spanish language. So it is absolutely a pleasure for anyone learning or speaking Spanish to also learn some Colombian slang.
About Spanish Slang:
There are more than 350 million people on this planet that speak Spanish as their first language. Every day, every where, the language of the streets evolves and new Spanish slang is born. This websites is a great Spanish slang collection that aims to gather all the slang from all the countries in the Spanish speaking world.
The language can be very different from one place to the other. As an example, in Spain you will often here the ‘slang’ word “tio” to mean ‘dude’. However, in Mexico you would seldom hear tio in this context. You would rather hear ‘guei’.
You see, learning Spanish comes in many different stages, and right from the start it is important to learn the formal language as well as the slang, or the language ‘as spoken by the people’.
You need to be aware of the fact, that Spanish slang is often so commonly used that you can hardly call it slang anymore. This doesn’t mean however, that you can ignore the rules of formal language when speaking Spanish. Please thrive to be kind and educated at all times.
This site is an attempt to collect all the Spanish slang in the world and make it easy to trace, look-up and learn it via this website.
Feel free to contribute to the collection as it should be ever expanding.
Happy Spanish learning!
Saludos, the Spanish-Slang Team
If there is one source on the Internet that you can trust will always have useful entries for whatever you are looking for, then it is the great collection of Wikipedia. Check out their page about the Spanish spoken in Colombia, also features some slang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombian_Spanish
For listed words belonging to the slang category you can go to Language Realm. They have a dictionary-like list from A to Z that contains some slang (watch out, not all of it is actual slang): http://www.languagerealm.com/spanish/spanishslang.php
At WikiBooks, there is a section that features slang from different places, but it is not as complete as could be. Nevertheless, a good overview for those who are not looking for huge lists, but just a short selection: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Spanish/Slang
The urban dictionary is a must for all slang and street language lovers. The words listed here are definitely mostly only for audiences 18+, but you can find some amusing words and phrases, that’s for sure: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=spanish%20slang
At Wikilatino, they seem to be working on several fronts and one of them is a short, yet useful, list of Spanish slang. Maybe there is something there for you: http://wikilatino.com/index.php/Spanish_Slang_Words_%26_Phrases