Learn Colombian Spanish: Words and Phrases E – J

Learn Colombian Spanish

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ECHAR LOS PERROS

Its literal translation is “throwing dogs”. But if you are throwing dogs to someone in Colombia, it means you are coming on to them.

ESTAR TRAGADO

Literally “to be swallowed”. In Colombia, when somebody says they are “tragado/a”, they mean they are deeply in love.

FINDE

Shorthand for “fin de semana” which is “weekend”.

FISCAL

Besides its definition which is “district attorney” or “public prosecutor”, in Colombia this word is often used for a jealous, bossy girlfriend.

GAMIN

Someone who lives in a hood, talks and does things in a coarse way. In addition to these facts, in Colombia, if somebody is called “gamin”, that means they are people who might possibly try to rob you as well.

GAS

Expression of disgust that could be translated to “gross” or “eww!”.

GUARO

Shorthand for Colombia’s aniseed flavored traditional spirit drink “aguardiente”. It should be consumed in straight shots and Colombians tend to invite their vecinos for some guaritos.

GUAYABO

The word for “hangover” in Colombia. It’s said that it comes from the “guayaba” fruit which has some clean little worms inside. And when you are hung over, your head feels like full of those worms you can’t stand. Besides that, “enguayabado/a” is the word for being hung over and is employed with “estar”.

HACER UNA VACA

This phrase, whose word-for-word definition is “to make a cow”, means pretty much the same as “to have a whip around” in English. So everyone should put some cash in to buy something, usually booze, to consume together.

HAGALE

Often used in the expression “¡Hágale pues!”. Mostly used in Medellin and its surrounding area and it can roughly translate to “do it!”, “do it then!” or “come on!”. Besides that, it is usually said to mean a positive opproval.

Jenny Chen

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