42 Slang Terms and Phrases Mexicans Use

Mexicans make up the largest Spanish speaking group in the world, with an approximate 92.17% considering Spanish as their first language.

Mexico doesn’t have an official de jure language. They have a diverse lingual reputation. They speak in European languages as well as languages indigenous to the Mesoamerican culture. Its national languages include 62 indigenous Amerindian languages, along with Spanish. English is considered the second language of Mexico. Besides Spanish and English, Mexican-Spanish is used majorly in both, the Spanish speaking and the English speaking world, due to the regional proximity between Mexico and America. Mexican-Spanish is distinct; it has a different set of dialect, tone, and syntax.

Culture has a lot of influence on the language spoken by people residing there. Mexican culture, again, has a complex history. They can be called a blend of Spanish and indigenous cultures.

Learning Spanish or Mexican-Spanish from scratch can be a tedious task. It’s not like people inhabiting Mexico don’t understand Argetines. But there are variations, when words used in one place aren’t used in another. Slang is an informal use of language. If you’re planning to roam on the streets of Mexico, you need to know the ‘street’ language. So, we give you some commonly used phrases and slang terms used in Mexico, along with their meaning, to help you blend in better.

Commonly Used Mexican Terms and Expressions

¿Qué onda?

What’s up?
Eso que ni qué

No doubt about it
Estoy crudo

I’m hung over
¿Tienes feria?

Do you have money?
No tiene dos dedos de frente

He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed
Qué estás haciendo güey

What going on bro?
¡No manches!

Unbelievable
Chela

Beer, Brewskey
¡ORALE!

Right on; go for it
Güey

Dude
Hijole

Wow, my goodness
Chido

Cool
Pinche

Damn
Mande

Excuse me, ask what, tell me
No Manches

No way
Neta

Really?
La neta

Truth
Chamba

Job, Work
Codo

Elbow; cheap person
Feria

Carnival
Chafa

Cheap, low quality
Chingadera

Piece of crap
Muy muy

Very very self-obsessed
Lana

Money
Camión

Bus
Cabrón

Word used for a close friend
Padre

Father; good
Madre

Mother; bad
Hasta la madre

Sick of something
Aguas

Water
Ahorita

Soon, In a minute
¡híjole!

Wow; Oh my God!
Mamacita

A hot woman
Tipo

Guy
Sanjina

Bad-tempered girl
Pispireto

A flirt
Pinchar

To flirt
Aguas

Water

Mexican-Spanish Phrases

Chécalo, güey

Check it out, dude
¡Qué burro eres!

You’re such a dummy!
¡Qué chamaco más lindo!

What a sweet little boy!
Tú, animal, ¡vamos!

Dude, let’s go!

With these Mexican slang words and phrases along with their meanings in your kitty, you’ll be better equipped to find your way around when you visit Mexico or have friends from there visit you.

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