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Dive Into Mexican Slang: A Primer on the Colorful Language of Mexico

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Mexican slang is widely popular throughout Latin America, thanks to the region's love for Mexican TV shows and telenovelas

As a Mexican myself, I've had countless experiences where other Latin Americans have been thrilled to practice their Mexican slang with me. It's always a lot of fun and leads to some hilarious moments. I've even found that speaking Mexican slang has helped me bond with people from other countries and has deepened my appreciation for the diverse cultures of Latin America. So trust me, learning Mexican slang is not only practical, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.

Here are some common Mexican slang phrases that will help you sound like a local: 1. 'Está chingón' - This phrase is used to describe something good or awesome. It's similar to saying "it's the best" in English.

e.g. 'Está chingón el hecho de que puedas viajar y trabajar donde sea' (It's pretty awesome that you have the freedom to travel and work from anywhere).

2. '¿Neta?' - This phrase is used to express surprise or disbelief. It's similar to saying "Really?" or "No way!" in English.

e.g. - '¿Es neta que irás a Europa por un año?, -'¡Sí!, neta.' (Are you serious about going to Europe for a year? - Yep, totally serious!)

3. 'Leve' - This word is used to describe something that is not bad but not great either. It's similar to saying "Somewhere in the middle" or "meh". e.g. 'La comida aquí está leve, no me impresiona mucho' (The food here is just so-so. It doesn't really impress me much).

Watch the video so you can hear the pronunciation and learn more phrases to speak like a native Spanish Speaker:

4. "Te echo un ride" or "te doy un aventón" are Mexican slang phrases that both mean "I'll give you a ride."

If you hear someone in Mexico say 'Te echo un ride' or 'te doy un aventón,' they're offering to give you a lift or a ride in their car. These phrases are pretty casual and are commonly used in everyday conversations.

What's interesting is that these phrases come from two different verbs, 'echar' and 'dar,' which both mean 'to give' in this context. 'Ride' is borrowed from English, while 'aventón' comes from the verb 'aventar,' which means 'to throw.'

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