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Spanish Slang

Do you think you are finished with Spanish after achieving an intermediate or even advanced level of fluency? No! Part of being fluent in Spanish is being able to understand the Spanish slang. 

Spanish Words: Slang

Slang is “a type of language that consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people.”
Generally, Spanish slang is just a term many people use to cover other aspects of the Spanish language such as: regional terms, colloquialisms, idioms, sayings, Spanish cuss words and country specific slang. Learning Spanish slang, or often times call informal language, will help you to communicate better, understand native speakers, their culture and definitely have a more enjoyable experience. In other words, learning the local Spanish slang will help you fit and bond in another culture.
The Spanish language is unique in each country. There are 22 Spanish-speaking countries and each of them gives the language their own unique vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation variations. Regional differences also exist in many countries.

Spanish Slang Dictionary

One of the most common and basic tools you can use to learn this aspect of the language is a Spanish slang dictionary. In fact, we have created a dozen of them that cover 8 Spanish speaking countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Since Spanish is unique to each country, our best recommendation is to get a dictionary for your target country.
To find a Spanish slang dictionary, check out our Directory. If you are fluent or a native Spanish speaker you can use a Spanish only dictionary. But there are many times that you will be in the need to find a Spanish slang translation to English. In our Directory you will find both: bilingual dictionaries and Spanish only dictionaries. You can check all of our recommendations by country here:

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Spanish Slang Resources

Another way to learn Spanish slang is by using the resources available online. The internet has numerous options that we have organized in different Resource Pages by Country. This extensive collection of resources to learn the local Spanish by country save hours and hours of your time on your way to achieving Spanish fluency. From books and flash cards to videos, mobile apps and Pinterest boards it’s all here!
Spanish Slang

Spanish Slang Articles

Our articles about Spanish slang includes a variety of topics. Here we cover the following aspects: colloquial Spanish; Spanish varieties or differences among countries and regions; Spanish slang phrases; idioms and proverbs; insults and dirty words, Spanglish, gestures, Spanish language mix-ups and cultural items unique to a country or region.
Here are some of our most popular articles: Spanish Slang for Friend, Spanish Slang for Cool and Spanish Slang for Girl.

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  • Different Spanish Accents: Video 9 Types of Spanish Accents

    Different Spanish Accents Video. A fun video that shows the different Spanish accents.

  • How To Use italki to Learn Real World Spanish

    This is how to use italki to learn colloquial Spanish and Spanish slang. Plus, details of the steps for a class and what happens during an italki class.

  • “Más… que…” Exaggerated Comparisons in Spanish: Sayings and Illustrations

    A total of 22 illustrations of exaggerated comparisons in Spanish. Meaning and translations of all these funny Spanish sayings are included.


    Here is an illustration of the Spanish saying más pesado que collar de sandías (or melones) from the book Speaking Chileno. This saying is also used in Argentina. Spanish Saying: MÁS PESADO QUE COLLAR DE SANDÍA • Literal translation: Heavier than a melon necklace • Variation: Más pesado que collar de melones • Meaning: annoying,…

  • FRIENDO Y COMIENDO: Spanish Saying

    Here is an illustration of the Spanish saying friendo y comiendo commonly used in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. This illustration is featured in the book Speaking Boricua. FRIENDO Y COMIENDO: Spanish Saying • Literal translation: frying and eating; frying while eating • Meaning: right away, in a jiffy. To do something right after…


    Here is an illustration of the Spanish saying hacer las cosas con los pies or trabajar con los pies. This illustration is featured in the book Speaking Boricua because it is a common phrase used in Puerto Rico, but is also known in other Spanish-speaking countries. HACER LAS COSAS CON LOS PIES: Spanish Saying •…


    Here is an illustration of the Spanish sayings predicar la moral en calzoncillos. While this illustration is on the book Speaking Phrases Boricua, a book about sayings used in Puerto Rico, this saying is commonly used in other Spanish speaking countries as well. Spanish Saying: PREDICAR LA MORAL EN CALZONCILLOS • Literal translation: To preach…


    Here is an illustration of a popular Spanish saying: poner un huevo cuadrado. This illustration is featured in the book Speaking Boricua. Spanish Saying: Poner un huevo cuadrado • Literal translation: to lay a square egg. • Meaning: to make a big mistake • Examples: “Apple puso un huevo cuadrado con la nueva versión de…


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