Prieta Spanish Slang Essay

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This page will teach you the REAL words 
used on the island"

I suggest that you carry a pocket dictionary or electronic translator to communicate with the Cubans. 

In the hotels most of the staff speaks English, but in the shops and on the streets a basic knowledge of Spanish can be very useful.

Take in consideration that Spanish is spoken in many countries and that a lot of Latino people live in the United States.


One of the most important words in Cuban Slang is money,
in Spanish : DINERO 
Local dialect for money :
moneda, baro, chavito, divisa, fula, dolars, peso, plata, melon, moni, guanikiki, lana, pasta, yira.

Frequently used words:

  • Asere : friend, mate ( qué bola asere = how are you mate)
  • Ajustador : bra
  • Babaloa : Santeria priest
  • Baro : money
  • Bemba : lips - Radio Bemba : Gossip, Grapevine
  • Bici : bicycle
  • Bici-tax : bicycle taxi
  • Bodega : ( state owned) grocery store
  • Bollo : vagina (vulgar expression)(pronounced: boljo)
  • Bolsa negra : black market (translated: black bag)
  • Borracho : drunken
  • Blumer : knickers
  • Bruja : without money, broke, I have no money
  • Bisnero : business man ( hustler)
  • Campesino : farmer
  • Camello : camel bus
  • Cardosa : sopa (Spanish) soup
  • Carro : car
  • Carnet (de identidad) Cuban identity card
  • Chancletas : flip-flops
  • Chebi : taxi ( official state taxi)
  • Chica : girl
  • Chopin : shopping ( refers to dollar shop , tourist shop)
  • Chocolate : a mobile telephone with a glider..
    Because it is more expensive and the latest, the Cubans call it "Chocolate" as something more valuable and expensive:....a chocolate.
  • Chulo : pimp
  • Cojones : bastard (vulgar expression)
  • Cola : Cuban queue
  • Comemierda : bastard, stupid (translated : eat shit) (vulgar expression)
  • Compay : companion (compadre) buddy, comrade
  • Coño : Bastard, Shit (vulgar) Spanish: esta mierda (see also Pinga)
  • Consorte : friend
  • Chao : (good) bye
  • Chivato : squeaker, police informer
  • Cuarto : a room (in a hotel) (Spanish: habitación)
  • Dale : go for it, it's OK - also used Vale : it's OK
  • Delgado : slim person
  • Descarga : jam session
  • Entufado : drunken (also borracho)
  • Espejuelos : glasses (Spanish anteojos - gafas)
  • Fardo : pants, trousers
  • Filtro : smart person
  • Fiana : police
  • Fosforera : lighter (Spanish: encendedor)
  • Frigi : refrigerator (from frigidaire)
  • Fuki-Fuki : having sex (vulgar)
  • Gallego : bad lover - bad sex
  • Ganso : gay (also: Maricon)
  • Grilla : bad woman, cheap vulgar prostitute,
  • Gringo: foreigner (also: Yuma)(yuma is more used)
  • Guapo : good looking, afraid of nobody.
  • Guagua : autobus (also: Rufa)
  • Guajira : peasant - farmer (female) Guajiro (= male)
  • Guayabera: loose men shirt also named Mexican Wedding shirt
  • intima : sanitary towel
  • Izquierda (translation=left) : por izquierda : through the black market (with the left hand = black market or bolsa negra)
  • Jama: food (jamar: to eat)(Spanish: comer)
  • Jamonero: Cuban slang word for a guy who groped chicas on a crowded camello (camel bus)
  • Jinetera : escort girl, part-time prostitute
  • Jaba : plastic bag (to carry groceries)
  • Joder : fucking (vulgar) No me jodes : don't fuck me up
  • Jodido : fucked up (vulgar)
  • Jeva : woman (Spanish: mujer)
  • Kiosko : little shop
  • Mala Hoja : a bad lover - bad sex
  • Mami : mam (used when addressing a woman) Mamita: (expression used to address a woman with affection)
  • Mangon / Mango : good looking, pretty
  • Maricon : gay, queer (vulgar)
  • Máquina : car (Spanish: coche, carro)
  • Maté : deep kiss, French kiss, (Spanish: beso largo)
  • Monado : police
  • Moni : money
  • Moreno or prieta : black people, (Spanish los negros)
  • Mulatón : a mixture of mulata and black race
  • Ohrishas : the Gods (religious)
  • Paguete : bad lover - bad sex
  • Papi : dad ( used when addressing a man)
  • palestino : stupid, retarded ( used by people from Havana to refer to farmers from Eastern Cuba)
  • Padrino : Santeria priest, counseller
  • Págaro : gay, homosexual
  • Pato : gay
  • Paton : bad dancer
  • Pasta : fiancee (Spanish: novio or novia)
  • Pipo : chap (used when addressing a waiter)
  • Pinga : penis (vulgar expression), shit (also "Fuck off") Esta de Pinga: it's shit Pinguero : male prostitute (derived from the word "pinga")
  • Pinchar : to work (Spanish: trabajar)
  • Playero : beach shirt (similar to guayabera but more colorful)
  • Pulover : T-shirt
  • Queik : cake
  • Quimbar : having sex
  • Rascabuchador : voyeur, Peeping Tom
  • Singao : bad person
  • Sardina : slim woman
  • Singar : having sex
  • Suerte : good luck, happiness
  • Socio : budy , mate
  • Tacos: shoes (women) (also: llanta)
  • Taxi Colectivo : a shared taxi for Cubans only
  • Tenis : sneakers, training shoes, sports shoes
  • Temba : a person over 40 (he/she is over the hill)
  • Tortillera : lesbian (Spanish lesbiana)
  • yin : (blue) jeans
  • yuma : foreigner
  • Zafra : the sugar cane harvest

    Love and Care Expressions

  • Cariño : love, darling, affection, tender
  • Amor : love, sweetheart
  • Linda : Beauty
  • Mi Vida : my love, my everything (translated : my life)
  • Cuidate : take care
  • beso: kiss - besito: little tender kiss
  • Con todo mi Corazón: with all my heart
  • Frequently Used Expressions

  • Hola : Hello
  • Chao : Goodbye, Bye
  • ¿Que bola? : How are you? (Spanish : ¿Como esta?)also ¿Que vola?
  • No es fácil : It's not easy (translated) Life is hard (the living is difficult)
  • Disculpe , permiso : Sorry
  • ¿Te gustas? : Do you like it? (used for a drink or meal)
  • No sé : I don't know
  • ¿Cuánto cuesta? : How much is this?
  • Ser un punto : being stupid, weird
  • Tener un peso suerte : to find an lost or forgotten peso (dollar) in your pocket ( translated: to have a lucky peso or dollar) ¿No tiene un peso suerte? Do you have an accidental peso?
  • Estar a dieta : without sexual contact
  • Bailar con los 5 latinos : masturbation (translated: dancing with the five latinos)
  • Rayar la pintura : unfaithful, cheating (translated: scratching the paint)
  • Quemar petróleo : a white person making love/sex to a black person (translated: burning oil)
  • Estas comiendo mierda : You're eating shit
  • Ese huevo quiere sal : this egg wants salt (expression for wants sex)

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    This is a list of phrases, words, and slang used in Puerto Rico. There are many phrases that are funny in one place and mean nothing in another country that speaks standard Spanish. Here is a list of slang commonly used in Puerto Rico, with usage notes and a loose translation into the English language:

    Pela pa bajo Desvestirse, quitarse la ropa. Undress, take your clothe off.

    Usually used as a conjunction to bridge between thoughts) - It comes from "muchacho", which means "guy", or more closely related to "man" in English slang, as in hey man, what's up. Acho and Chacho are both abbreviations of the same word.
    literally means hand, but it is short for hermano, which means brother!)
    ¿qué es la que hay, ¿qué es la que?,
    what's up?
    al garete
    Literally means in Spanish wayward, without a given path. It is said of a ship at sea, without a sail, having no defined course. It is used to describe something crazy, out of control, disorganized.
    a calzón quitao
    Literally meaning "without pants on," it is used to mean something said without prejudice but also without tact, bluntly honest.
    acánganainterjection, similar to "In your face".
    ahí va, a las millas del chaflán!
    criticism, there he (she) goes, speeding that car with hellish speed!) When somebody is running their mouth.
    a mi plín
    Literally meaning of "I don't care"
    arroz, que carne hay!
    Flirt phrase meaning "give me rice to go with all that meat"
    ay que ver como bate el cobre
    it to be seen how things turn out.
    así se bate el cobre
    this is how its done.
    Bregaste Chiqui Starr
    Alluding to Puerto Rican professional wrestlerheel, it is said to someone who was not of good faith or who has betrayed someone else. Used the same as Bregaste cajita e pollo, ("you handled it like a box of fried chicken").
    this one is rarely used and usually only by a specific type of person, therefore I recommend you not use it unless you want people to stare at you weirdly. Buddy.
    Derogatory reference to a little boy
    May refer to the country "China", a female from or of Chinese descent. It also refers to the fruit "Orange".
    The diminutive version of "China". It refers to the color orange. It could also refer to someone who has just woken up and has very small eyes due to it.
    along with its many adjectives, such as colgar, colgaste and others, as in me colgué (colgué or colgar, when told to a student who is failing in school, is a criticism). Literally it means "to be hanged," but the proper translation of the meaning and usage would be I flunked at school
    to give a Blowjob
    capiar or capear
    to cop something; usually reffering to go and get drugs.
    correr la máquina
    warning the person he is beaming misled. Literally means to run the machine, meaning to maintain a person conversation on a defensive mode by harassing him.
    crew. Sometimes used by parents to refer to their kids.

    Ex Voy con mi corrillo al cine. I'm going with my family (crew) to the movie theater.

    como alma que lleva "el" diablo! 
    comical, he (she) took off running as if his (her) soul was possessed by the devil . Usually meaning either someone who left very fast or very angry.
    como budín de esquina
    dar un tumbe
    we are gonna kill or steal, criminal, usually used by mafiosos)
    dejo los tennis en el piso!
    (comical), he (she) ran so fast that he (she) left his (her) tennis shoes right there!)
    a girl who likes to dress up for any event even if its goin to her front porch, dressing like a movie star
    echa caldo
    echar leña al fuego
    warning the person to back off. Literally means to feed wood to the fire, meaning to add to a controversy.
    está que estilla
    Tight looking.

    ex. Esa mujer esta que estilla.

    en el carro de Don Fernando, un ratito a pie y otro andando
    this rhymes in Spanish- (literally translated as in Mr. Fernando's car, some of the time walking and the rest also walking) - when there is no working car at reach. Said to comical effect when there is no car available to use.
    ese salió por lana y llegó trasquilao
    (comical, meaning that a person went for something, using lana-money as an example, and came back worse than when the person left)
    estás buena(o)!'
    (sexist), you're fine!
    está(s) brutal!!
    you're brutal!, or it's brutal! could be either a compliment or insult, depending on the situation. It is usually a compliment, like "you're a beast", or "this is awesome")
    estás tenso, papá!
    (comical, invented by Sunshine Logrono, a satirical phrase towards homosexuality, Your muscles are tense, daddy!!)
    dandy, dude
    white person
    Full of himself or herself. It comes from another Puerto Rican term meaning "guille" which roughly translates as "pride" (but it has a negative connotation) or "delusion" (i.e. someone who has a "guille" of being something they are not much like a "poser" or a "wannabe").
    A city bus (or pick-up truck)
    hacerse el loco
    Literally translated as trying to pass off as crazy, it means to try to ignore or distance oneself from a particular situation.
    las cosas se pusieron a chavito prieto
    (comical), to describe a serious economical situation, Things turned for a penny each
    Las cosas se pusieron color de hormiga brava
    Things turned the color of the feisty ant, Said when things are getting tense, serious, or strict.
    los huevos se pusieron duros, las cosas se pusieron a chavito prieto, and "se pusieron los huevos a peseta"
    (literally) the eggs turned hard. It relates to the tradition of selling of eggs and other raw materials at the plaza in the center of the town (municipality). When the eggs incremented in price, it was difficult for people to get a hold of them. Meaning, it’s a stressful or tight situation.
    (literally) pure sugar cane juice, but it is used to say something, someone or a situation is great.
    Watermelon, referred to as Sandia in most Spanish speaking countries.
    mas lento que una caravana de cojos
    Phrase to describe something or someone that is very slow.
    mas pelao que la rodilla de un cabro
    To be poor or having no money at all.
    equivalent to "Hey" but literally means look. Do not use it to say hi because it doesn't work that way.

    ex. Mira me dijeron que estabas enfermo. Look they told me you were sick.

    mi amigo el pintor!
    A man subject to infidelity. A comical, my buddy the painter, used frequently to make fun of men whose wives commit adultery). It makes reference to an old Puerto Rican TV show called Desafiando a los Genios with Jose Miguel Agrelot, Shorty Castro, Ema Rosa Vicenti and others, in which a naive participant, always carrying a "lonchera" will always describe his "best friend the painter" as someone always taking care of his (the participant's) wife. It was obvious to the viewer that the wife was being unfaithful with the painter.

    Cuernú it comes from the word cuernos (horns) which is a symbol for infidelity. If someone is calling you cuernú they're saying that you have horns therefore your partner is cheating on you.

    (literally) Wednesday; a minced oath for "Mierda", which means "Shit". English equivalent is "Shoot!"
    no lo encuentran ni en los centros espiritistas
    (comical), it can't even be found in a spiritualist center, when things get lost. In Puerto Rico, and in many other Latin American countries, spirituality was important to such an extent, that people believed some were able to communicated with the dead. This phrase alludes to a person being lost, and not even the witch doctor being able to find him.
    ñoña es!
    "No way!"

    ñoña- person who gets all whimpy

    ¿oiteh?, ¿oiste?
    "Did you hear me?"
    ¿Viteh?, ¿viste?
    "Did you see?"
    Pa que tu veas donde el grillo tiene la manteca
    A snow cone.
    to ignore. Pichea is also a way to say forget it.

    Ex Pichea lo que dije no era verdad. Forget what I said it wasn't true.

    perro que huele carne...
    (comical) Dog that smells meat... describes a situation where a person might suspect something he or she wants is within reach.
    Se formó un corre y corre!
    (comical) A race was formed for everyone to get out of there!, exact meaning as Se formo un sal pa' fuera!
    to be pumped up.
    se formó un sal pa fuera!
    (comical) A get-out-of-here-situation formed! to describe a violent situation in which many ran from the scene in a lighter way, also used to describe a street fight or other violent situations
    se jodió la bicicleta!
    (comical) the bicycle got screwed! when a situation just spirals out of control
    se lució el chayote!
    (criticism) chayote is a vegetable the chayote is showing off! to speeding drivers, honking drivers or drivers that screech their wheels before parking their car
    esta lucio!
    (criticism) he is showing off, but its showing off because of the presence of someone and not necessarily in a pretentious way. "put on airs, put on an act"
    siéntate a esperar!
    (Sit down and wait!, used when a person promises someone something while lying)
    tanto nadar para ahogarse en la orilla!
    (lament) so much swimming, only to drown at the coastline, usually used for someone who has come very close to complete something but failed)
    te cagaste del miedo!
    (comical) you shit your pants from being scared!
    tú eres bien fiebrú(a)!
    (usually a compliment, you're really into that!, to admire someone's passion for something) can also being almost as an insult when you're enfiebrao or eres bien fiebru means that you have a fever for it.

    Enfiebrao Ahora todo el mundo esta enfiebrao con Justin Bieber. Now everyone has Justin Bieber fever.

    tú me estas tripeando
    equivalent to "you're making fun of me!" or "you're kidding me"
    tú sí que eres presentao!, so presentao! and tú eres bien presentao!
    (criticism) when someone thinks the other person is getting into what is not your business)
    va pa chirola!
    someone is going to jail
    vete pa'l Caribe Hilton!
    minced oath of Vete pa'l carajo!
    vete pa'l carajo!
    insult sometimes accompanied by a so cabrón(a) right after it. Its meaning is analogous to go to hell!
    volando bajito!
    (criticism) flying low, usually to describe speeding drivers or to a person who tries to commit any given act without anyone else finding out)
    y se le(s) está haciendo tarde! 
    (sports phrase) And it's becoming too late already!, when an individual or team is far behind on scoring as the event nears its conclusion)
    como el Rosario de la Aurora
    used when a party ends up with a fight
    se armó la de sanquintín
    It formed la de sanquintin, similar to "El Rosario de la Aurora"
    tattletale (known in Mexico as soplón)
    (literally) shit-eater; it is used when some person thinks that he/she is all-knowing and/or all-deserving (known in American English as "snob" or stuck up) or cocky
    voy a caballo y vengo a pie
    (literally) Went in a horse and return walking.
    no contaban con mi astucia
    they didn't count on my smarts
    siganme los buenos!
    Follow me, the good ones!
    fue sin querer queriendo!
    I didn't do it on purpose!
    Garbage can
    Crazy or crazy man, it can be also used as an equal to dude or buddy in English. In West Coast communities the word has been adopted by English speakers as "loc" (pronounced lowck).
    (1) cassava, yuca root, if used in a salution es yuca, que la que hay. (2)(slang) a jerk, a dork, i.e. tu eres tan yuca. (3) (slang) the male sexual organ, i.e. pelar la yuca (peel the cassava) and rascayuca (cassava scratcher).
    ¿que pasa pai?
    What's up dude?
    ¿que pasa mai?
    What's up girl?
    en lo que el palo va y viene
    meanwhile (literally: while the stick goes and comes)
    A women who goes out in public wearing Jordans, has tattooed eyebrows, has no money (gets it from boyfriend or husband) and cusses her heart out.
    Te dan pon y quires guiar. (Litterally) means "They give you a ride but you want to drive". Used when you give a person a chance and they take more of whats given. Wanting more that is offered.

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