I am interested in learning Mexican slang/idioms. Please list some slang or expressions you know followed by 1. Area of Mexico that it comes from. 2. English translation. 3. Example Sentence.

Thanks Max

  • Posted May 23, 2011
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Hola cuate - Hey there, friend

¿Vale madres? - Who cares?

¿Que tienes? - Do you have a problem (with something in context)?

¿Trae bronca o que? - As above, but stronger.

¿Aguila o sol? - Heads or tails?

Creerse muy muy - to think oneself really great, to be conceited

Cada oveja con su pareja - Everyone is most comfortable with his own group

Cada changa a su mecate - sort of the same

Tal para cual - To each his own.

Me da ñañaras - It gives me the creeps

Me dejó plantado - He or she stood me up

Por si las moscas... - Just in case

Sígueme el corriente - play along with me on this

Me hago balas - I get all mixed up

No friegues - Don't complain

No tiene chiste - Not a big deal

I think the above are pretty common throughout Mexico.

  • Lol, you're pretty good at softening up some rude phrases. - DJ_Huero May 24, 2011
  • I don't use phrases that I think might be rude, but if I'm with a friend I might say, for example, "Podria haber dicho... (cualquiera frase), and usually my friend would be happy to talk about la jerga. - Jeremias May 24, 2011
  • Oh, ok, just putting that out there, lol. Vale madre could lose you a job if you didn't know better. Jaja - DJ_Huero May 24, 2011


Let me suggest a wonderful book for you:

The Street-wise Spanish Survival Guide: A dictionary of over 3,000 slang expressions, proverbs, idioms, and other tricky English and Spanish words and phrases translated and explained.

There is a complete chapter dedicated to Mexican slang.

I always believe it is necessary to know words that are not necessarily proper to use so that a person knows what is being said, not necessarily employing these words in their every day conversations.

  • May 24, 2011
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Well, I practically live in Mexico, so I know plenty of phrases. Not all of them are bad, but I think to follow the rules, it'd be best for you to just go here to find many modismos mexicanos. grin

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