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