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"Slang and idioms define our way of speaking. They are unavoidable if you aim to understand and use Spanish in a current way. You may read books in Spanish and hold a conversation with a shop assistant confidently, but you won't be able to have a night out without feeling like a scared student unless you understand the world of language there is out of the classroom and away from the textbooks; a world of colloquialisms and terms that are never taught in school."

Un follón (Mess) << Click here for a picture

Meaning

It is used to express a situation that is full of problems. Also, something or someone that is a mess or is in a mess, looks dirty or untidy.

For example

- Me metí en un follón por decir una mentira. (I got myself into a mess by telling a lie.)

- Ella lia un gran follón cuando cocina. (She makes a terrible mess when she's cooking.)

- ¡Qué follón! (What a mess!)

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Chaquetero/a (A turncoat) << Click here for a picture

Meaning

A person who changes from one opinion to an opposite one in a way which shows they are not loyal to people who share the original opinion.

For example

Mi hermano es un chaquetero. Cambia de opinión cada dos por tres.

(My brother is a turncoat. He changes his mind willy-nilly.)

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Las partes (One's rude bits)

Meaning

Things that are usually covered up by clothing. Located between men legs.

For example

Le dieron una patada en las partes. (He got a kick in his rude bits.)

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Garrulo/Quillo (A chav)

Meaning

A young, often uneducated person who dresses in a particular way and whose behaviour many people find offensive.

For example

Esto está lleno de garrulos.

(This place is full of chavs.)

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Ya te vale (Shame on you)

Meaning

Said to someone who have done something they shouldn't have and therefore they should feel ashamed and guilty.

For example

Joder, tío, ya te vale. Mira que no avisar de que no venías.

(Bloody hell, man. Shame on you. You should've said you weren't coming.)

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Quedarse en casa de tranquis / Relajarse (Chill out)

Meaning

To relax completely, or not allow things to upset you.

For example

Voy a quedarme en casa de tranquis delante de la tele esta noche.

(I'm going to chill out in front of the TV tonight.)

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Currante (Hard-working)

Meaning

Always doing a lot of work.

For example

Mi primo Jesús siempre fue muy currante en la universidad.

(My cousin Jesús was always very hard-working at university.)

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Catear (To flunk an exam)

Meaning

To fail an exam.

For example

Me van a matar en casa, ¡he vuelto a catear el examen de español!

(I'm dead, I've flunked my Spanish exam again!)

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La parienta (Her indoors)

Meaning

The wife (also girlfriend in Spain) as referred to by her husband to his friends.  .

For example

Esta noche voy al cine con la parienta.

(I'm going to the movies with her indoors tonight.)

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Parida (Jibber-jabber)

Meaning

Word used to describe incoherent speech.

For example

No dices más que paridas ¡cállate un poquito!

(Less of your jibber-jabber, just shut it!)

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No tener pelotas (To have the balls, to have the bollocks)

Meaning

It is an expression usually said by a man to another man and means you have no self-respect, you are a coward or you can't face your problems like a man, etc.

For example

¡No tienes pelotas para hacerlo!

(You don't have the bollocks to do it!)

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