What are some Spanish slang terms
All Spanish Colloquial Terms You Should Know
'Hostia' literally means 'host' | © lininha_bs / Pixabay
Spain loves its religious slang, and this word literally means "the host". It is used as an exclamation of surprise or dismay and means something like "damn" in English.
It's used so much it's hardly a slang word, but it's rarely used in South or Central America, so it's worthwhile if you're used to Latin American Spanish. Spaniards use this interjection all the time to mean "OK", "good" or "good".
Cool | © bawbag / Pixabay
This word is slang for 'cool', 'amazing' or 'awesome'. You can say, "Quay guay!" "How cool!".
Another common word that means cool, you'll hear it all over Spain. Its formal meaning, again only in Spain, is cocky or bold, but you're more likely to hear it refer to something as super cool.
Ser la leche
Milk | © Couleur / Pixabay
This can be really amazing or really awful depending on how you use it - like thinking "sick" in English. Spanish is full of phrases that use the word leche or milk. "Ich Cago en la Leche" literally means "I mix in the milk" and is used to express anger or anger. Nice.
Do you call someone cute or a monkey? | © Alexas_Fotos / Pixabay
'Qué mono!' is a common phrase in Spanish that means "how cute". It's used for everything from babies to dogs, and it's such a common phrase that it's easy to forget where it came from. But if you tried it in South America, you'd be faced with a few weird looks - the real meaning of mono in Spanish is monkey.
Ir a tapear
Tapas bar | © Life-of-Pix / Pixabay
One of the most important phrases when it comes to food is "make tapas" and is used when friends recommend a tapa bar crawl. "Vamos a tapear" means "we're going to make tapas" - surely one of the best invitations in Spanish?
As you probably know, if you've learned some Spanish it means uncle and the feminine version, Tía, means aunt. The word is also commonly used in Spanish to mean "buddy", "man", or "buddy".
El Paseo por Andalusía by Francisco de Goya shows Majos and Majas | © MuseodelPrado / Wikimedia
You may have learned that "nice" is "simpático" in Spanish, but a lot of people in Spain use the word "majo". The word comes from people from the lower strata of Spanish society in the late 18th and early 19th centuries who were famous for their elaborate outfits and were known as majos and majas.
Money | © WerbeFabrik / Pixabay
Not the famous Italian dish, but Spanish slang about money; something like "dough" or "cash" in English. If you are lucky enough to get into 'una pasta', you've got 'a fortune'.
Guiri means 'foreigner' | © rawpixel / Pixabay
The Spanish version of Mexican "gringo" usually refers to Northern European or American, but can be used to describe a foreigner.
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