Top 10 Funniest SPANGLISH PHRASES (Have You Heard These Before?) 不

Top 10 Funny SPANGLISH PHRASES (Have You Heard These Before?) 不

Today youre getting a crash course in the mezcla maravillosa de (wonderful mix of) English and Spanish thats mainly spoken by the millions and millions of Latinos living in the United States and that you might also know from popular reguet籀n songs. 

In short, if you dont know any Spanglish, youre running behind, br籀der. Time to fix that! In this article, Ill teach you 10 funny Spanglish phrases and words youll inevitably hear in Spanish-speaking communities in the US, and that you can use yourself to impress your Latino friends!

Spanglish Phrases

1. T籀malo con teikirisi 

Used when suggesting someone to calm down or what you probably figured: to take it easy. The Spanish sentence would be: T籀malo con calma (Take it easy). 

For example:

PERSON 1
With this course, voy a aprender espa簽ol en two weeks.
(With this course Im going to learn Spanish in two weeks.)

PERSON 2
聶En dos semanas? T籀malo con teikirisi.
(In two weeks? Take it easy!)

2. Vamos a janguear

Janguear comes from hanging out, so you can use this one when inviting your friends to go out or in Spanish, vamos a salir (lets hang out).

PERSON 1
Estoy aburrid穩simo, bro. Ya es el weekend y no tengo nada que hacer.
(Im so bored, dude. Its the weekend already and I have nothing to do.)

PERSON 2
Bueno, pero lets fix that. 癒Vamos a janguear! Ill pick you up a las 8!
(Well, but lets fix that. Lets hang out! Ill pick you up at 8!)

3. 聶Est獺s ready?

Pretty obvious combination… The Spanish expression would be 聶Est獺s listo? 

PERSON 1
Mira, Im almost leaving. 聶Est獺s ready?
(Look, Im almost leaving. Are you ready?)

PERSON 2
Sure, bro. Me estoy terminando de vestir.
(Sure, bro! Im almost done getting dressed.)

4. Cambiar el look

The English word look as in appearance has become very popular in different languages, so it almost has its own meaning in Spanish. 

So, when you say 聶Te cambiaste el look? to your Latino friend who used to be blonde and now is a brunette, the Spanish equivalent would be 聶Cambiaste de apariencia? (Did you change your look?)

PERSON 1
Sup, bro?!
(Whats up, bro?)

PERSON 2
Sup, bro?! Nos vam… 癒Epa! 聶Te cambiaste el look?
(Are we Wait! Did you change your look?)

5. Mandar un inbox

Another mixture thanks to the internet. The Spanish sentence would be mandar un mensaje al buz籀n de entrada (to send a message to an inbox), but I guess inbox is much shorter. 

PERSON 1
Estuve llamando a Mariana to see if she wanted to come, pero no me respondi籀.
(I called Mariana to see if she wanted to come, but she didnt pick up.)

PERSON 2
Bueno, le voy a mandar un inbox a ver si se anima.
(Alright, Ill send her an inbox to see if she wants to come.)

By the way, if you dont only want to work on your Spanglish, but also 100% Spanish, why dont you grab our Essential Spanish Chunking Kit? It contains a cheat sheet with the most important Spanish chunks we teach in our videos and that youll need in every Spanish conversation!

Chequea el link and whoops! (Another Spanglish phrase right there.) The Spanish phrase would be revisa el v穩nculo, but let that one slide, okay?

Common Spanglish Words

So, Spanglish is not only about mixing words in both Spanish and English, its also Spanishizing words in English and vice versa. 

Since this is a process bound to culture and to how people talk on the streets, no hay reglas (there are no rules). The results are both very interesting and often hilarious! Wait until you get to number 3, youre gonna break de la risa (of laughing), bro.

1. Aseguranza

This mutant word comes from the English word insurance and the Spanish word seguro. Ive heard a lot of Latino friends from the United States use this one often when talking about el seguro de su auto (their car insurance). 

聶Ejemplo? 

  • Tengo que pagar la aseguranza de mi casa (I have to pay my house insurance)

2. El lonche

Theres something about how this word sounds that just makes it funny, but theres nothing funny about nutrition kids! 

It means almuerzo and it comes from the English word lunch.

  • Traje un s獺ndwich de queso para el lonche. (I brought a cheese sandwich for lunch.)

3. Br籀der

And yes, Spanglish is a thing in Latin America too, so much so that we use the word brother to refer to friends, but we give it a Spanish touch and it sounds like Br籀der.
Remember I told you were going to laugh? Well, check this out: Ive even heard brodercito (little brother) as a way to refer to really close friends… AND BRODERCITA (lit., little female brother) TO REFER TO FEMALE FRIENDS! Can you believe that?

4. Guglear

As the internet became a worldwide necessity, a lot of words in English became part of Spanish language as well. And instead of saying Buscar en google (search using Google), we started saying googlear (to google), since it was easier, as in: Tengo que googlearlo (I have to google that).

Fun tip: Argentinians and Uruguayans went even further, and you can hear stuff like guatsape獺 (from usar WhatsApp / WhatsAppear, which means using WhatApp) or feisbuque獺 (from usar Facebook / Facebookear, which means using Facebook).

5. Aplicar

This one is hard to explain, since aplicar is actually a word in Spanish that means to apply something, such as paint, or to adhere a substance to another: 

  • Aplicar una crema en la cara (To apply a cream on your face)
  • Aplicar un tratamiento (To apply a treatment) 

The thing is that apply is also a verb used in English as a synonym of to enroll or apply to a job or a position, so in Spanish we started saying stuff like voy a aplicar a un trabajo (Im going to apply for a job) or aplicar a la visa (to apply for a visa). 

The Spanish word youre looking for is postularse, but that might change in the near future due to how frequently this (aplicar) is used.

So, yeah, Spanglish can be a lot of fun around friends and family, and it can be interesting to discover what other combinations of Spanish and English words are out there. Just remember that using Spanglish is different from making mistakes as a Spanish learner! 

So, I suggest you read my piece about 9 most common mistakes Spanish learners make, so you can identify them and correct them yourself.

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