Spain Slang

Spain Slang – the Slang from Spain!

Spain is the country where Spanish is at home. At least according to history. So it is very appropriate to also learn the Spanish slang that is spoken as Spain slang. It is considerably different from the slang that is spoken in other Spanish speaking countries, and sometimes fascinating to see how they compare. Beware that not all the words are ‘safe’ to use in everyday situations, as they may easily be misunderstood to be too rude to be acceptable.

Some Spanish slang from Spain:

1)  Spanish Slang: Botellón

     English: Outdoor drinking party or gathering in a square, street, park, or other public place with alcohol purchased cheaply at supermarkets or corner shops.

2) Spanish Slang: Buenas

    English: A greeting used at any time of the day. Similar to Hello / Hola, but more informal.

3)  Spanish Slang: Cabezota

     English: Stubborn, when used as an adjective, and a stubborn person, when used as a noun.

4) Spanish Slang: Caray

    English: God, oh my God, darn, darn it!

5)  Spain Slang: Casero

     English: Landlord. Note: Casera, apart from a female landlord, is a soda that, mixed into red wine, makes tinto de verano, a light summer drink. And as an adjective, casero means home-made.

6) Spanish Slang: Chalado

    English: Crazy or nuts. Estar chalado = To be crazy or nuts.

7)  Spanish Slang: Chapuza

     English: Shoddy work.

8) Spanish Slang: Chaval / chavala

    English: Guy, boy, kid, lad / girl

9)  Spanish Slang: Chino

     English: Corner shop, convenience store. When all the other supermarkets and stores in Spain are closed, you can usually find a chino open. Chino also refers to the Chinese language, a Chinese person, and a Chinese restaurant.

10) Spanish Slang: Chiringuito

    English: Beach bar or seaside restaurant

11)  Spanish Slang: Chorrada

     English: Nonsense. ¡Qué chorrada! = What a bit of nonsense!

12) Spanish Slang: Chulo

    English: When used as an adjective, chulo can mean: 1) nice, cool, etc. 2) cute, good-looking, 3) arrogant, insolent, cocky. ¡Qué chulo! = How cute! How cool! However, used as a noun, chulo means a pimp.

13) Spanish Slang: Currar

    English: To work (a verb). Your workplace or job is your curro.

14)  Spanish Slang: Cutre

     English: Cheap, seedy, shabby, tacky, kitschy, cheesy.

15) Spanish Slang: De puta madre

    English: Bloody awesome, really kickass

16) Spanish Slang: Enchufe

    English: A connection, a contact, someone who has some kind of power or influence and can help you. An enchufe could get you a job interview, for example. Enchufe literally means a plug or a socket though.

17)  Spanish Slang: Entender

     English: To be gay. However, the primary definition of the Spanish word entender is to understand, so keep in mind that if someone at a bar asks you “¿Entiendes?” it could just as likely be a reflection on your Spanish skills as an attempt to find out your sexual preferences.

18) Spanish Slang: Estar como una cabra

    English: To be completely crazy, nuts, bonkers.

19) Spain Slang: Finde

    English: Weekend. Shortened version of fin de semana.

20) Spain Slang: Friki

    English: Nerd, geek, freak. For example, a friki de ordenadores is a computer nerd and a friki de ciencia ficción is a sci-fi geek.

21) Spanish Slang: Guarro

    English: Filthy, disgusting.

 


 

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

Useful Links:

http://www.languagerealm.com/spanish/spanishslang.php

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/cool/

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Spanish/Slang

http://www.humanities.uci.edu/spanish/spain-slang.htm

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=spanish%20slang

http://wikilatino.com/index.php/Spanish_Slang_Words_%26_Phrases

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