Check out MosaLingua’s Judit bring you the 10 most popular slang words in the Spanish language so that you can sound like a spaniard when you speak! Learn these words and you’re well on your way to sounding more native like when you talk!
10 popular Spanish slang words to speak like a Spaniard (Video)
10 popular Spanish slang words to speak like a Spaniard (Transcript)
Hello, I’m Judit from the MosaLingua team. In today’s video, I’m going to show you how we speak to friends or family in Spain. To do this, I’ve chosen a list of slang words that we call “expresiones coloquiales” (colloquial expressions).
If you have already been to Spain, you have almost definitely heard someone use the word “vale”: “Vale ahora bajo”or “-¿Quieres un café? -Vale”. What does this word mean? It simply means “okay.” So, if you don’t want to stand out as a tourist on your next trip to Spain, just say, “vale.”
Tío or Tía
Another expression that we use often, is calling people “tío” or “tía.” It doesn’t have anything to do with your parents’ siblings! It is a symbol of closeness and trust, and is generally used among good friends. For example: “Eh, tío, ¿vamos al cine hoy?”
Another word that we use a lot, especially to describe tourists, is the word “guiri.” It’s not a very nice word… So like I said, use these expressions that I’m teaching you today to prove that you’re not a tourist, you’re not just passing though, and that you’re definitely not a “guiri.”
If you ever hear this expression: “¡anda ya!”, don’t worry: no one is telling you to get out. This is just an expression of disbelief or surprise. It’s the same in English (get out!): “¡Anda ya!
¿Eso es verdad?
Sometimes, when talking about something’s price, we say: “esto cuesta un riñón” or “esto me ha costado un ojo de la cara” (it cost me the eyes off my head). If you or someone else needs some good luck you can say: “cruzo los dedos” (I’m crossing my fingers).
En el Quinto Pino
Here’s another one: when giving directions, if someone says it’s “en el quinto pino” that means that it’s quite far away, and you should take a taxi. If someone tells you that you need to leave right away,
Voy Volando or Voy Pitando
you can reply “voy volando” or “voy pitando,” which means that you’ll be there as soon as possible.
If something that is said or done makes you scared, you can say “estoy flipando” (I’m freaking out). This expression is used primarily by young people.
Here’s one last expression used mostly by young people. They use it to describe something they really like: “qué guay.”
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