Today we are going to be going over common Puerto Rican Spanish words and phrases so that you can sound more Puerto Rican when you speak Spanish.
Watch this video for an explanation on the words. You will see a list of the words, their meaning, and an example in a sentence below.
“What’s up!” This is a phrase you can use when you great your friends.
Money. It’s the equivalent of dinero.
Example: Mi amiga me ha prestado chavo. — My friend lent me money.
“Broke” in terms of not having money.
Example: Estoy pela’o, no tengo chavo. — I’m broke I don’t have any money.
Something that is amazing!
Example: Esa pelicula fue brutal! — That movie was amazing!
Flashy or well put together (in terms of dressing and style).
Example: Ese tipo está acicala’o con las cadenas puestas. — That man is flashy with his chains on.
Bus or truck
Example: I’m going to take the bus tomorrow. — Voy a coger la guagua mañana.
Example: Limpia este revolú. — Clean this mess.
Group of friends (gang)
Example: Saldré con mi corillo. — I will go out with my friends.
Example: Pásame una birra. — Pass me a beer.
To park (the car)
Example: ¿Dónde parqueaste el carro? — Where did you park the car?
To deal with (something)
Example: No puede venir porque está bregando con cosas de la casa. — He can’t come because he’s dealing with things at home.
Disaster or mess
Example: La situación está al garete por el gobierno. — The situation is a disaster because of the government.
Meaning “later.” Not to be confused with “ahora” which means now. Ahorita is an abstract time in the future.
Example: Te llamo ahorita, estoy ocupado ahora. — I’ll call you later, I’m busy right now.
Lie or Liar. The equivalent to mentira and mentiroso
Example: Él es un embustero, no le creas. He his a liar, don’t believe him.
Bad gossip that usually includes some sort of defamation.
Example: Ellos me dijeron un bochinche de tu amiga. — They gossiped to me about your friend.
A term for the dirty type of dancing done to Reggaeton music. This type of dancing is commonly referred to as “grinding.”
Example: Vamos a perrear con las mujeres. — We are going to “grind” with the women.
To do something or “try your hand” at it.
Example: Mete mano si crees que lo puedes hacer. — Try your hand at it if you think you can do it.
Boy or guy. Short for “chacho” or “Muchacho.” Usually used as a filler word, like “dude or bro”
Example: Acho, que haces? — Dude, what are you doing?
To hang out
Example: Vamos a janguear esta noche. — We are going to hang out tonight.
Usually meaning cocky.
Example: Tu hermano es guilla’o. — Your brother is cocky.
A diss to someone usually in music. Lyrical warfare.
Example: Mi rapero favorito grabó una tiraera para tu rapero favorito. — My favorite rapper made a diss for your favorite rapper.
Example: Mi novia está picheandome, no me quiere hablar. — My girlfriend is ignoring me, she doesn’t want to talk to me.
Name for a certain stereotype of a woman in Puerto Rico that is from low income housing, lives off government welfare, but acts like they are the best thing to hit the town.
Example: Ella es una yal, se cree que es mas de lo que es. — She is a “yal” thinking she is more than she really is.
Example: Una yal puede ser una mujer cafre. — a “yal” can be a trashy women.
In Puerto Rico this means someone that is good at what they do.
Example: Lebron James está duro cuando juega. — Lebron James is good when he plays basketball.
Upset, pissed of. The equivalent of enojado.
Example: Ella te tiene enfogona’o. — She has you pissed.
Referring to something being good.
Example: Esa chaqueta está a fuego! — That jacket is fire!
Keep in mind these aren’t all the phrases.
There are many other words and phrases I’m sure I missed but this is a great place to start.
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