Speaking Boricua

A Practical Guide to Puerto Rican Spanish

discover the local language

Speaking Boricua eBook

The most in-depth, up-to-date source of Puerto Rican Spanish vocabulary available. This best-selling book is a humorous guide to colloquial Spanish vocabulary. With over 1,500 words and phrases, you will quickly understand boricua vocabulary and slang.

The truth About Spanish

Spanish vocabulary changes significantly from one country to the next. Yet, few people learn about this until they are in a country, stumbling through the local Spanish.

Are you learning Spanish?

Preparing to visit Puerto Rico?

Or even just wanting to be more familiar with its specific slang and local words?


Messy hair

Extremely enthusiastic about something

Fool, dumb

With this eBook, words like tripear, chavos, revolú, mahón, zafacón, cafre, and china will no longer be a mystery!

Over 1,500 words and phrases explained in English

Examples of common Puerto Rican Spanglish words

Sections on Puerto Rican Grammar and Pronunciation

30 humorous cartoon illustrations

Praise and Testimonials

I loved this book. I have been studying Spanish for over four years and had no problem communicating with People from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, etc. Enter the Puerto Ricans! I started going to a Puerto Rican church here in Cairo, Georgia, and was startled at the difficulty I was having understanding their Spanish. "Speaking Boricua" is loaded with information to help you learn the unique Spanish of the wonderful people of Puerto Rico.

S.M. Libhart Amazon Review

Jared is the go-to guy for anyone learning or considering learning Spanish, and he’ll blow you away with how much he knows about the Latin American varieties of the language.

Donovan Nagel Mezzofanti Guild: Community of Serious Language Learners

This book is great! After I read it I gave it to everyone that I knew that relocated there. It's a great way to understand Puerto Rican Spanish and where some of the idioms came from. The author has done a good job of compiling the most useful everyday phrases and words, and even mixes in some humor along the way. This is a definite must have for anyone who is trying to pick up Puerto Rican Spanish, for anyone who has lived there for a while and wants a refresher, or for anyone who just wants a good chuckle.

B. Farley Amazon Review

Is This Book for You?

YES, IF...

you are moving to Puerto Rico.

YES, IF...

you have family in Puerto Rico and want to communicate better.

YES, IF...

you are Puerto Rican and want to express yourself better in English.

YES, IF...

you already speak Spanish and want to improve your Mexican Spanish.

YES, IF...

you are traveling to Puerto Rico.

NO, IF...

you are sharing this book with kids.

NO, IF...

you do not want to read or learn naughty (yet commonly used) local language.

NO, IF...

this book will be your only resource to learn Spanish. (It is best used to complement resources and tools developed specifically to teach Spanish.)

NO, IF...

you are just starting to learn Spanish.

Speaking Boricua

A Colloquial Puerto Rican Spanish Dictionary by Jared Romey

About Jared & Speaking Latino

My name is Jared, and I am a native of the United States of America whose first serious attempt at learning languages began in my early twenties. Until then, I’d say, I had a more or less typical background. After age 5, I lived in one area of the country, never outside the US and had little exposure to Spanish. Then, in my early twenties, aseries of fortuitous circumstances completely changed my life.

I am not an educated linguist. I started as a language learner just like you. I’ve spent thousands of hours studying and speaking Spanish. I had a couple of years in my life when English barely existed. And with this, I know how difficult learning to communicate in Spanish may be.

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