A list of some basic Argentine slang. Naturally, there are many more words to learn, but this makes a good start.
1. a downer, something that sucks Es un bajón. Que bajón. That sucks, that´s too bad.
1. to tolerate. No me lo banco más. I can’t put up with it anymore.
1. something that is outrageous.
1. great, wonderful, cool. Estuvo bárbara la fiesta. It was a great party. Que bárbaro! Awesome, sweet!
1. a bug/insect, critter, little animal
1. metal straw with a filter on the end, used to drink mate.
1. Refers to a dance club/disco in Argentina. They don´t say disco, nor do they say club.
Refers to something that is stupid or ridiculous. El sistema de transporte es una boludez.
Can also refer to something that was really easy. El curso fue una boludez. Saqué un 10. The course was a joke, I got a 10.
Super super common, it is used in pretty much every sentence by Argentines. There are a few uses.
1. if you want to call someone a moron, a goof, an idiot, or a jerk, you call him a boludo. It is not that harsh, not like swearing at someone, but isn´t all that nice.
2. it is also used to say something similar to “hey man.” Here they say “che boludo.”
3. it is also used all the time when talking amongst friends. They like to throw it in most sentences, it´s sort of like saying “man” again, but not really. Used with girls or guys. See below for examples:
Pedro: Vamos al cine? Let´s go see a movie? Juan: Ni loco boludo, sale muy caro. No way man, it´s really expensive.
Pedro: Vas a la fiesta? Juan: No, estoy cansado, me quedo en casa. Pedro: Que? Boludo, es viernes, no se queda en casa.
In the first use, it is an insult. In the others, it is not, but is very colloquial. Don´t say boludo to your boss or your girlfriend´s parents, as an example.
1. The police/the cops.
1. cool, great – refering to a person. Tu amigo es un capo. Your friend is really great.
1. sucks, crap, a mess – Que cagada. That sucks. El proceso es una cagada. The process is a mess.
1. a guy, similar to ‘Pibe.’
1. a smooth talker, a sweet talker. Often used to describe guys that say whatever to try to pick up girls.
The action of being a chamuyo. Sweet talking, trying to pick someone up, scamming someone.
1. a suck up, brown noser (literally means someone who sucks socks).
1. to suck. Also used to talk about drinking alcohol. Vamos al bar a chupar cervezas. Let’s go to the bar for a beer.
1. man. If used amongst friends in this sense, it Is somewhat of a term of endearment (in a very light way). Chau che. Later man. Can also be used with people you don´t know, as a way of addressing them. Vamos che, dejame pasar. Come on man, let me in.
2. hey. Used to get someone´s attention. Che, por acá!. Hey, over here!
Cheto, Concheto (m)
1. snobby. Es un lugar muy cheto. Its a really snobby place.
1. Gentleman´s Club (nude women)
2. Where you join as a member to use the leisure facilities
1. Refers to the city bus in Buenos Aires
1. cool, good. Used especially for people, places, events. Tu hermano es muy copado. Your brother is really cool.
1. a female prostitute, or one acting like a female prostitute. Like calling someone a whore in English.
2. a gay person.
1. something or someone that is great, awesome. Voy a la playa! Que groso! I´m going to the beach! That´s great!!
1. Money. No tengo gita. I don´t have any money.
1. to work
1. refers to the street slang and the slang of people who danced tango in Buenos Aires in the earlier 1900s. Many words and expressions are still used today.
1. Refers to a special type of tea that the Aregentine´s like to drink.
2. Refers to the gourd in which the Yerba (mate tea) is put
1. bus that goes out of the city, from one city or town to another
1. refers to a girl or women (teens and up). It is slightly degrading, but not really. It’s very common to talk among guy friends that you were talking to a “mina”, or met some “minas.”
1. the literal meaning is a wave, like a sound wave. However, it is used to talk about a situation or person in a good way. Tu amigo tiene muy buena onda. Your friend has a great vibe/is really cool. It is not only used in Argentina, but is used a lot, so is important to know.
1. an idiot, moron, jerk, just like boludo. It is not used to say “man” or when talking to your friends, in the same way boludo is.
1. a kid, boy/girl, though more common to use for a boy
1. a joint, weed
1. a person that is from the city of Buenos Aires
2. is also used as an adjective to describe something that is very typical of Buenos Aires. Ese bar es bien porteño. That bar is very typical of the bars in Buenos Aires.
1. a mess, a disaster, chaotic. El tránsito en Buenos Aires es un quilombo.
Tipo (masc noun or adv. )
1. a guy conocí a un tipo. I met some guy.
2. around, approximately La fiesta empieza tipo 20h The party starts around 8.
1. a touch, a little bit. Falta un toque de sal. It’s missing just a touch of salt.
Trucho/a (adj. or m/f noun)
1. fake/counterfeit items. Compré una remera trucha. I bought a counterfeit t-shirt. Esos son truchos. Those are fake.
If you are interested in buying an Argentine book about slang, your best option is “Che Boludo: A gringo’s guide to understanding the Argentines.” by James Bracken. It is a useful book, and is very current – all the expressions you find in the book are used kind often here. The book is slightly limited in that it does not provide many examples, so often you don’t understand how it may be used in speech. Also, it doesn’t indicate which are really common, and which ones you won’t hear very often. It can be purchased in the main bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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