Welcome to Spanish Slang!

Welcome to Spanish Slang!

As you know, every country, every region has its own slang words and slang phrases. Nowhere is this more true than in the Spanish speaking world. Spanish slang is varied, and particular to almost every country where Spanish is spoken

Slang of the week:

updated weekly!

1) Spanish Slang: chancha

    English: charity, cooperation

2) Spanish Slang: chancho

    English: belch , rear end, butt.

This website is a great collection of the different types of slang that you will find in countries like Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and many others. Some of the slang is very acceptable, while some other slang is rather vulgar and not to be used normally. The latter is clearly marked so that you know what to use, and what not to use.

We hope that this page will help you learn Spanish slang. Have fun!

Is Slang a good thing or a bad thing?

This question comes up very often because of the sometimes rather vulgar nature of slang. I believe it is important to realize that slang words are not synonymous with ‘swear words’. At the same time, it is true that some slang words are indeed also swear words.

Have you been to Spain?

Whether you will go to a Hispanic country for the second or third time, it doesn’t matter. You will always learn something new about the local language and about street proof Spanish. The local slang is what makes each country unique and you should pay particular attention to it during your travels.

Learn some Spanish Slang right now:

        Saturday 7. Jan 2012

1)  Spanish 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) Spanish 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)  Spanish 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?
- Mmmm, dos tres.”

    English: “How was the restaurant?
- Ummm, so-so.”

19) Spanish Slang: La tira anda buscando víctimas.

    English: The fuzz are out looking for victims.

20) Spanish 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

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The BBC has a section for what they call ‘cool Spanish’. It features mostly the slang that is spoken in Spain. But it is nevertheless a good source of words: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/cool/

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

Mexico Guru has a nice collection of slang used specifically in Mexico only. be careful, some of the words are not suitable for the faint hearted. The collection is a little bit old, but still very useful: http://www.mexicoguru.com/mexican-slang.php

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

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