So, I’ve thought about writing a post in Spanish, but to be honest, I don’t know if my level of Spanish is ready to write a full post in Spanish (but I will soon, hopefully).
So, I thought, instead, I’ll just write a few new Chilean slang words I’ve learned (because Chileans use a lot of slang).
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This is the first slang word I learned and the one I remember the most because it’s used a lot and it’s probably the simplest to understand.
It simply means: “Do you understand?” or more specifically “Did you catch that?”
This is an interesting one.
It means: thousand. (5 thousand pesos = 5 lukas)
- Al Tiro
This one simply means: Right now, immediatly.
This one is interesting because in other latin american countries, it can be a bad word, but in Chile, it means: Excellent (used like the word ‘cool’).
This one is used when something is: Boring
- Once / Tecito
Refers to supper time, more specifically, tea time.
Chileans don’t use the term supper time. It goes: Breakfast (@10) – Lunch (@2or3) – Once (@9-10).
P.S. “Once” literally means ‘eleven’ and “tecito” literally means ‘little tea’.
Refers to a lesser known place to get better products.
Example: The best spot to buy souvenirs would be refered to as: “Una picada de recuerdos”.
- Buena (prounced: wena)
This is a simple way to say: ok – good – hi – hey.
And, the tone of your voice really influences whether you’re truly excited or being sarcastic about something.
This is the name for a city bus.
The word bus in Chilean refers to a big bus (tour bus type), and a micro refers to a smaller bus that stays within each city/town.
This does not refer to mexican food. “Taco” refers to a traffic jam.
That’s all the slang words I can remember for today (more to come soon).
Thanks for reading!
P.S. If you know any more chilean slang; comment below.
Or, if you have interesting slang in your own language; comment that below as well. I’d love to learn about it.