Impress your Mexican friends by using any of these seven expressions in your conversations !

Like any language, Spanish is rich with expressions and sayings that are common but might not be found in your phrasebook. Knowing these informal terms and idioms that don’t always translate literally can be great for impressing your Mexican friends if you use them correctly during conversations. Being aware of them can also help you avoid any embarrassing mistakes (tip: if someone asks you to pull their hair, don’t actually do it!).

Here are a selection of the most common Spanish expressions and phrases you might hear in everyday conversation

This is a colloquial Mexican Spanish which is commonly used to refer to any person without using their name.  This word also has different meanings and can be used as an adjective to describe stupidity or imbecility. When used as a nickname for someone, it is most commonly used for men;  but nowadays it is also used for women too.  Additionally, it is important to note that you can use   « güey »  to refer to friends, enemies, strangers, children and the elderly.

‘‘¿Cómo estás güey?’’ (Comment vas-tu, mec? / How are you doing, man?)

This is used to express (both positive and negative) disbelief or excitement. This word is used a lot among Mexican Spanish speakers, it translates to “No way!”, “You’re kidding me!”, “Stop messing with me!” or just « damn! ».

This expression comes from the verb « mamar » which means to « suck ».  I let you guess in what context …

‘‘No mames, olvidé hacer el reporte’’ (Putin ! j’ai oublié faire mon rapport / Damn! I forgot to make my report )

This refers to a very good or cool thing. “Chingón” also refers to a person who is great or excellent at what they do. I could go on, but nobody defined the diversity of the word as poignantly as Nobel Prize laureate Octavio Paz in “The Labyrinth of Solitude.”

‘‘¡Qué chingón está tu celular!’’  (Ton portable déchire ! / You have a cool cell phone!)

This word is used as an adjective to describe something as pretty, cute or cool. It is a word repeated several times in a mexican conversation like « cool » in english.

‘‘Mi hermana tiene un coche muy chido’’ (Ma sœur a une voiture trop cool / My sister’s car is so cool)

Expresses a feeling of extreme joy. « A huevo » is one of the many Mexican slang terms that uses the word « heuvo », which literally means « egg », but figuratively refers to testicles. You can use this phrase when somethings cool happens or as a form of agreement.

« ¡A huevo, aprobé mi examen de Química! » (Awesome/Amazing! I passed my chemistry exam! j’ai réussi mon examen de chimie !)

Like ¡Chido !, this phrase is used to express that something is awesome and fantastic.

‘‘Está padrísima la fiesta’’ (C’est très cool la fête / This party is awesome)

This is a term commonly used in Mexican slang. Neta translates roughly to ‘Is it true’ or ‘really?!’ when used as an exclamatory. An scenario where one would use Neta is if someone gives you some really great gossip; ¿neta? would make for the ideal response.

‘‘-¿Es neta ? (C’est vrai ?) (No way, are you serious?)

-Sí, la neta, no recuerdo que pasó ayer’’ (Je te jure ! Je ne me souviens pas de ce qui s’est passé hier) (I swear! I don’t remember what happened yesterday)

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