How to Speak "Pig Latin" in Spanish
- Every syllable of the original word will be repeated.
- If the original syllable begins with a consonant, when you repeat it, you replace this consonant with f. For example, dar (to give) becomes darfar .
- If the original consonant begins with a vowel sound, you say an f in front of the vowel. For example, al (to the) becomes alfal .
Here are examples of a few common words in Spanish and in efe.
Now let’s see how to greet someone in efe!
Instead of efe , some types of Spanish "Pig Latin" use letters such as pe or te . In some versions, only vowels are repeated, and diphthongs (such as that found in soy) are split into different syllables. In others, the repetition of the syllable comes before the original syllable. Let's take a look at some words in these two variations of pe.
|English||Spanish||Vowel-Only Variation of "P"||Before-the-Syllable Variation of "P"|
|today||poyhoy or pohopyy|
Let’s see how to greet someone in Vowel-Only "P"!
Chi, cha and ti
- In chi , another common type of jerigonza, the syllable chi is inserted before each original syllable. For example, casa becomes chicachisa and mañana becomes chimachiñachina .
- In ti , the syllable ti is inserted before each original syllable. For example, casa becomes ticatisa and mañana becomes timatiñatina .
- In cha , the syllable cha is inserted after each original syllable. For example, casa becomes cachasacha and mañana becomes machañachanacha .
As you can see, there are lots of different versions of Spanish "Pig Latin." Some are used more in certain countries than in others; efe, for example, is the jerigonza most commonly used in Mexico. Vesre is a type of back slang that originated in the River Plate region spanning Argentina and Uruguay. Let's learn a bit about it!
Vesre is a play on the word revés , from the phrase al revés (backwards). The word vesre itself shows how this language works: if you take the syllables in revés (re and ves) and switch them, you get vesre. This River Plate jerigonza has linguistic brothers such as rosarigasino (Argentina), Verlan (France), caroleno (Mexico), and London back slang, and can be heard in tango songs.
Let's take a look at a few examples of words in Vesre.
Feeling a little backwards? Don't worry! You don't need to know these gibberish languages to speak good Spanish, but they are fun to play around with!