hey! im learning spanish rn, and i wanted to ask what some of your favorite colloquialisms are? or what you think are some of the most important ones to know?
Kudos to you!
Weeeell, I can only offer my fave Colombian ones that I use/hear the most and that you should know if you ever want to travel there:
Rumbear: very important to know, basically ‘to party’. These ppl love parties.
De una: (we also mix it up and say ‘de one’ if we’re feeling international lmao), basically an eager assent like absolutely! Pairs well as an answer to ‘do u wanna rumbear’.
Parce/parcero/parcerito: Friend/my dude, pretty much. Parcera/parcerita in fem form.
Mirá ve: (I love this one). Basically ‘look’, literally ‘look see’. The use of ‘ve’ is super common in the Cauca Valley region. Seriously, peeps use it a lot. IT DEFINES US.
Vaina: Literally ‘sheath’ but used to describe a (usually problematic) thing. ‘No se usar esa vaina’ (’idk how to use that thing’)
Berraco: (love it too). When referring to a person: Angry or brave/courageous (depends on context). When referring to a situation: complicated. My mum is a berracabecause she kicks ass.
Guaro/trago: Booze. Very important.
¿Qué más?: How’s it going? Also ¿Q’ubo? Super common and basically means the same thing, like ‘what’s up?’
Fresco/Fresca: dude/gurl, chill. Used when someone is getting all up in your shit. (I’ve personally had a friend flap his hand at me and go ‘Ay, freshhh’, it was hilarious).
(omg there are so many)
Dar papaya: (absolutely love this one), no it’s not ‘give paw-paw fruit’, it means to leave yourself open to risks unnecessarily. If you’re walking with your bling out on the street and you get mugged you were ‘Dando papaya’
Parar bolas: (those who know me are aware of my love for balls), but! It actually doesn’t have to do with balls!!! Gasp!! Basically ‘to pay attention’
Por si las moscas: Just in case. I like to use ‘por si las flies’, personally.
I think you can’t go wrong with googling Colombian slang and hit me up if you’re unsure about any of them!
“Morenita, jamás te dirán que tan duro es nacer en dos partes a la misma ves. Tu cuerpo estará en cualquier parte del mundo, pero tu corazón lo encontraras solo en la tierrita, donde han pisado las mujeres más berracas del mundo. Colombia.”