5 Slang Words That Will Make You Sound Like An Argentine

So you’re ready to teach abroad in Argentina? If you’ve been studying a proper form of Spanish, you might be in for a surprise when you touch down in the land of vinotango, and dulce de leche. Argentine Spanish has a unique accent that you will not find anywhere else in South America. And as with any Spanish-speaking country, if you want to make friends in Argentina you will have to learn a little slang.

To help you prepare for the “Argentinization” of your Spanish skills, here are five fun slang words you will frequently hear as a teacher in Argentina. (I’m going to skip cheboludo, and the obvious ones, but if you don’t know those here is a fun video that will get you caught up to speed.)

1. grosso/a

pronounced: like it’s written

adjective: Used to describe someone who is really, really awesome.

Example:

Hiciste el maratón? Sos una grossa! (You did the marathon? You’re the bomb.)

2. re-

pronounced: ray

adverb/modifier: Functions like very, really, or super.

Example:

Viniste a vivir en Argentina? Sos re-loca!! (You came to live in Argentina? You’re really crazy!)

3. tranqui

pronounced: tran-key

Adjective: Used to describe when things are calm, all good… no problems. This is an abbreviation of tranquilo.

Example:

Como va el trabajo? Todo tranqui. (How’s work? It’s all good.)

4. besote/besito

pronounced: bay-so-tay / bay-see-to

noun: Means kiss or kisses. These are variations of beso. Commonly used to say goodbye in phone calls, emails, and text messages.

Example:

Bueno, nos vemos mañana entonces? Dale. Besito. Ciao! (See you tomorrow then? Okay. Kisses. Bye!)

 5. joya

pronounced: hoi-sha

noun: Literally it means “jewel,” but it is used in slang to mean awesome, great, right on.

Example:

Terminaste el trabajo? Joya! (You finished the job? Awesome!)

These are just a few to get you started. Don’t worry, with a little practice you’ll be a grossa in no time.
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