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A “Paisa” is someone from a region in the northwest of Colombia formed by the departments of Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío. “Paisas” are well known for their kindness and welcoming attitude to people from other regions and visitors. The main Paisa cities are Medellin, Manizales, Pereira and Armenia.
Expression that means to pay attention to someone or something.
One of the most common ways to say “bro”, “buddy”, “dude” or “mate” in Colombia. Colombians like to say this word and you can hear anyone asking you: “¿Qué más parce? ¿Bien o no?”
Literally translates to “patch”. It is used to describe a group of friends and any social activity involving them. It is often used as a verb “parchar” that can translate to “hang out”.
Word for “foot odor” or “stinky feet” in Colombia.
The past participle of the verb “to peel” and Colombians use this word referring to a young person or a child.
While “¡Pilas!”, which literally translates to “batteries!”, means “be careful” in Colombia, “pilo/a” is used to refer to someone who is smart or aware.
Literally means “silver”. However, Colombians say this word referring to money.
Besides “cerveza” this is another word Colombian people use to call a beer.
POR SI LAS MOSCAS
“Mosca” is a fly. But this is how to say “just in case”.
Literally translates to “bridge”. However, it is the word used to mean “three day weekend” when Monday is a public holiday in Colombia. Colombia celebrates 18 public holidays each year.
a common way to ask someone how they are doing. Equivalent of “¿Como estas? or “¿Que tal?”
Equivalent of “¡Qué chévere!”. If a Colombian says “¡Qué nota!” or calls something “una nota”, that means they think it’s really “cool”.
“¿Quiubo?” or “¿Qué hubo?”. Mostly used in Medellin and its surrounding Paisa region. It’s a common way to say “what’s up?”, “what happened?” or “what’s wrong?”. Most of time “pues” follows it when it’s said.