Learn Colombian Spanish: Words and Phrases K – O

Learn Colombian Spanish

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LISTO

The word frequently used to say “O.K.”, “ready” or “done”.

LLAVE

Literally translates to “key”. However, it’s also used referring to a close friend. “Llave” and “llavero” are equivalent for “buddy”, “mate” or “bro” in English and “parcero” could be their synonym in Spanish.

LUCAS

Yes, it is a name. However, it is generally used by youth in Colombia referring to 1.000 pesos.

MAN

Widely common word used to refer to a “guy” who is generally not an acquaintance of yours.

MONO

In other Spanish-speaking countries “mono” means monkey. In Colombia “mico” is the word for monkey and “mono/a” is used to refer to someone who is blonde. Moreover, the definition of blonde is quite flexible that you can be called “mono/a” even if you have brown hair.

OJO

Literally translates to “eye”. Besides that, it is an expression in Colombia that means “be careful” or “watch out”. It is oftenly used interchangeably with another expression “¡pilas!” which literally means “batteries”.

 

Jenny Chen

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