Slang Mexican Spanish

Each language has it s own “linguistic deviation” called slang. By definition, slang is an informal speech deformation that infiltrates within our vocabulary and sinks deep into our everyday life. Because slang is often used by specific social groups such as sport players, teenagers, prisoners etc., in many societies it is perceived as inferior thought-expression ability.

While Slang is negatively perceived outside of the social layer in question, it seems to unite the group members, as becomes a sort of dialect trademark, a sign of acceptance. We now take part in a significant slang expansion; mass media plays a big role in that phenomenon.

While most reality shows and teenage –targeting TV programs reflect the emerging slang use by individuals of contrasting ages, it also takes away the “taboo” characteristic that the use of slang had for years, and molds public opinion in regards to this type of speech.

Slang is more and more approached as an innovative and hip, relaxed way of everyday communication.

Logically, to master Slang in a given language, you have to be a native speaker. However it is also possible to start learning a language by it's slang and gradually move towards correct grammar and etymology.

In this article, we will examine several slang Mexican Spanish words, and attempt to find their origins. Slang will not be approached as a lexical deformation, but rather as street eloquence. You might want to start your own slang dictionary and add to it, as you discover new expression and words throughout our website.

To begin a conversation you might want to ask: “Que Onda?” which is a Mexican slang equivalent to English “Whats up?” . The exact definition, of the word “Onda” is wave, therefore the answer that follows should be the qualification of your Wave. Either “Buena Onda” for good, or “Mala Onda” for a bad day, is acceptable.

By the way, are you familiar with an old English saying, stating that life is like an ocean, that we all surf? We ride the waves of life with our ups and downs… Well in that context the Mexican slang question “Que onda?” makes tremendous sense.

Another quick word to learn is “Chido”. This simply means: great. While le word “Hijole” in Mexican Spanish slang is an exasperations or surprise mark, such as “ Jeez”. As for the word “Chido”, which initially has African roots, is told to be derived from Spanish word “Chiro”.

On the other hand “Hijole” is a purely Mexican expression, as the final “LE” is added frequently to many Mexican Spanish words ( e.g : orale, pasale , etc.,). “Hijo“ on itself means: son, which leads us understand English equivalence of the word “Jeez”=”Jesus”.

Before we conclude, I want to leave you with my favorite one, because the literal translation is simply hilarious. If ever you are getting robbed on the backstreets of Mexico city, you might want to catch the thief by surprise by saying: “No hay de queso, no mas de papas”.

In slang in means you are broke; without any money. The exact translation would be: “I got no cheese, potatoes either“. With a little knowledge and a lot of street-smarts, you might save yourself your wallet and have a funny story to tell for the rest of your life.

It's now possible to purchase an actual Mexican slang Spanish dictionary, and with confidence we can state that Mexican slang is here to stay. Make sure to use the Mexican slang wisely, because it still remains a forbidden dialect for many people.

I used this dictionary which has hepled me a lot : Say it like a Mexican - a Handy Guide to Mexican Slang

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