6 Oct

Those newbies out there who are just learning castellano, or more specifically porteño Spanish, may become perplexed when they hear what is presumed to sound like English words, pronounced in exaggerated Spanish accents, thrown into the mix in every day conversation.  No your ears are not deceiving you! With the help of fellow expats, I have listed my favorite castellano-English words and phrases.

*Disclaimer: It’s important to picture your favorite Argentine pronouncing all these words in an animated porteño accent.  That is why I have done my best to use my own phonetically-sound wisdom.

Some of my top faves:

  • Sorry Soh-rrrrry boluda, no puedo venir a la fiesta mañana.”
  • VIP “El VEEEEP en el boliche siempre está lleno de viejos sucios.”
  • After (after office) “Vamos a un aft-arrr después del trabajo.”
  • Man “che, pero que hacés monnn?”
  • Top “ese lugar es increible, es re-TOPE
  • Fashion “Me encantan los RayBans, son re-fashone
  • Sale “voy a la calle corrrdoba, hay muchos sailsss. Liquidaciones en todos lados!”
  • Cool “esa MAC es re kúl
  • Chance “no voy a la fiesta en la provincia, no hay chan-say
  • Full (afull) “Tengo mucho trabajo, estoy afoool
  • Ticket (receipt) “Ahora te doy el teekit”
  • Look “Quiero un nuevo loooook, punk emo o flogger – ¿que les parece?”
  • Too much “Qué personaje! Es tooooo muh-tch.”
  • Please “¿Me pasás la sal, pley-z?”
  • Okaaaaaaaaaaaay – Think Little John

Other Honorable Mention in the English to English Dictionary:

  • Hobby – Passtime, leeeeeisure activity
  • Notebook – Laptop
  • Mouse – computer mouse
  • Púlover, sueter pullover, sweater – how great is that púlover spelling?!
  • El Living – Living room
  • Mail – Email
  • Shopping – Shopping center
  • Basquet – Basketball
  • Tupper – Tupperware
  • Shot – of tequila
  • Rollers – Rollerblades
  • Brushing – (gettin’ yo hair did)
  • Lifting (gettin’ yo ass did)
  • Flash – Quickly
  • Hot – Think… Chicas HOTE, panchos HOTE
  • Super – Enormo
  • Barman – Bartender
  • Freelance
  • Show
  • Heavy
  • Delivery
  • Jeans
  • Freezer
  • Takeaway

Watch this clip of Capusotto’s character “Gary Palermo” as he adds in random English words, that don’t really make sense, in order to look muy cool, top, fashion.

12 Responses to “Spanglishized”

  1. Wonderful opportunity October 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    SOOOOOOO are you also applying for a freelance writer opportunity of your dreaaaaaamsssssss?

    • razalba October 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

      nope. i aint no writer.

  2. Tommy October 9, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    I like your blog

  3. Tommy October 9, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    I really like your blog!

  4. Ana October 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    “Soh-rrrrry boluda, no puedo venir a la fiesta mañana.” this is the best one, by far.

  5. Celina November 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Sorry, just a small correction: “chance” is in fact a Spanish word as well, not a loanword.

    • razalba November 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

      Thanks for the correction Celina! Actually, my local friends told me the same thing.. I like the pronounciation so much that I kept it on :)

  6. Chris January 23, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    haha this is great, I lived in Argentina 6 months last year and was horrified at how the Argentinos put these words into their language.

    ahahaha “son re-fashion’. I hated seeing ‘after office’ everywhere.

  7. Carlos February 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    “Getting yo ass did.” Hilarious!

  8. Abby February 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Jaja great post! A lot of these are the same in Chile. When I first moved here, I never understood them as English (because of the accent) and my friends would say, “But it’s your language!”

  9. marpinieto October 26, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    It’s not Púlover, it’s Pulóver. The stress is different.

  10. Tiger January 5, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    A piece of eridtiuon unlike any other!

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