Want to blend in with locals? Do you need to learn how locals speak fast? Need to expand your Spanish vocabulary? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you need to read the local newspapers. Reading newspapers, along with watching local TV and radio, will help you improve your Spanish (or any other language) faster.
To make your life easier, every month I here are some real world Spanish examples of slang in the press from different Spanish-speaking countries. These were the some of the words used in front cover headlines in Latin America recently.
10 Examples of Headlines With Slang: Spanish Terms Used in Newspapers
Headline: Carabineros y la PDI no dan tregua al narcotráfico
Meaning: Policemen, the name for the Chilean national police force.
Headline: Cada vez más guatones
Meaning: The noun guata means tummy. The adjective guatón means a fat person and/or a million Chilean pesos.
Headline: Yipetas millonarias para los jueces del Constitucional
Word: Yipeta, also spelled Jeepeta.
Meaning: An SUV. From the brand name Jeep.
Headline: Zafarrancho en Olanchito
Meaning: Chaos, commotion.
Healine: Truenan a Armstrong
Meaning: Suspend, deny or fail.
Headline: Cocaleros en pie de guerra
Meaning: Someone that grows coca leaf.
Headline: Mangaos 2 alcaldes
Headline: Bonche de acusaciones
Meaning: From the English “bunch.” A lot of something.
Headline: Se cuelga el bajón de luz
Meaning: To flunk, don’t pass.
Headline: Y tanto rollo ¿pa’ qué?
Meaning: A problem, trouble.
The publications with more slang words are called prensa sensacionalista or prensa popular (popular press). These types of journals appealing to the masses are loaded with colloquial vocabulary. Sports sections can also be a source, since sports are also considered entertainment so you will find lots of colloquialisms too.
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Check out these other Spanish Slang Expressions articles.