Mexican Slang – the slang from Mexico
The insider Spanish for Mexico you will only master if you master the Mexican slang. On this page you can find all kinds of Spanish slang expressions. Some of them are very accepted and others are considered very vulgar. Whenever a slang word or expression is vulgar it will be noted as such.
The people of a country decide what is slang and what isn’t. The slang for every region may be different and it certainly evolves over time as the language changes in the use of the native speakers.
1) Mexican Slang: ¡Orale, güey!
English: Right on, dude!
2) Spanish Slang: Tú, animal, ¡vamos!
English: Dude, let’s go!
3) Spanish Slang: Chécalo, güey.
English: Check it out, dude.
4) Mexican Slang: Necesito chamba. ¿Tú sabes de algo?
English: I need a job. Do you know of anything?
5) Spanish Slang: ¡Qué bajón que todos tuvimos gripe!
English: It was such a drag that we all had the flu.
6) Spanish Slang: Tiene un chingo de problemas.
English: She has a bunch of problems.
7) Mexican Slang: He comprado una ballena.
English: I bought a (1 litre) bottle of beer.
8) Spanish Slang: ¡Qué chido estuvo el juego de futbol!
English: The football game was awesome!
9) Spanish Slang: Voy a comprar un seven.
English: I’m going to buy a 7 Up.
10) Spanish Slang: ¿No sabías que tuve una aventura con la secretaria?
English: Didn’t you know I had an affair with the secretary?
11) Spanish Slang: ¡Qué burro eres!
English: You’re such a dummy!
12) Spanish Slang: Vamos a reunirnos todos los chavos esta noche en el cine del centro.
English: All of us kids are going to meet at the downtown cinema tonight.
13) Spanish Slang: No pudo resistir el cañonazo de 500,000 varos.
English: He couldn’t resist a huge bribe of 500,000 pesos.
14) Spanish Slang: ¡Me muero por una cheve!
English: I’m dying for a beer!
15) Spanish Slang: ¡Qué chamaco más lindo!
English: What a sweet little boy!
16) Spanish Slang: Mi hermano y yo somos de Mexicali, Baja California. Somos cachanías.
English: My brother and I are from Mexicali, Baja California. We are cachanías.
17) Spanish Slang: El caló se refiere a vocabulario callejero usado por los chicanos y mexicanos.
English: Caló refers to street slang used by Chicanos and Mexicans.
18) Spanish Slang: “¿Qué tal el restaurant?
English: “How was the restaurant?
19) Spanish Slang: La tira anda buscando víctimas.
English: The fuzz are out looking for victims.
20) Mexican Slang: Ya viene la poli. Estáte trucha.
English: Here come the cops. Be on your toes.
21) Spanish Slang: Qué fiesta la de anoche! Hasta la señora Cortés se empedó!
English: What a party last night! Even Mrs. Cortés got drunk!
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
Mexico has developed its very own Spanish over the years and while mostly the Mexicans are commonly understood by other Hispanic people, the Mexican Spanish is well worth checking out in order to understand all those Mexican subtleties. For that, the Wikipedia article is a great start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_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