How to Sound like a Local in Argentina
Lunfardo = Buenos Aires slang
Before we get into the other words used in Argentina, we should start with lunfardo, which is the name of the slang spoken in the capital of Argentina. You should definitely know what lunfardo is if you’ll be traveling around Buenos Aires! Here's how you might use lunfardo in a sentence:
Tener mala leche = To have bad luck
Literally meaning to have bad milk, tener mala leche can be used for any unfortunate or unlucky situation. However, if you describe someone as mala leche, then you’re calling that person nasty or rude, so be careful when using this phrase!
Se le saltó la ficha = To reveal one’s true colors
The literal translation of se le saltó la ficha is someone's chip jumped, but it actually refers to someone who reveals their true nature. In a way, it's similar to when someone puts down all their cards on the table and reveals their true intentions.
Tener fiaca = To feel lazy
Cara rota = A shameless or rude person
Echar panza = To settle down and gain weight
Estar en el horno = To be in a bad situation
Che = Hey
Buena onda = Good vibe
Un porteño = A Buenos Aires native