Travel & Dive Girl suggested doing a weekly Spanish lesson post...I think this is a good idea, although I'm not sure how helpful it will be from a pronunciation standpoint. I will try to post a pronunciation explanation as best as I can. Also just keep in mind that ALL Spanish words pronounce EVERY letter, then you should do OK.~when I asked for post suggestions on Monday (lunes),
~I was planning to do these on Fridays (viernes) but then came up with that catchy name "te amo tuesday" (which means "i love you tuesday") and well, there are more readers on Tuesdays than Fridays anyway. my decision was made.
~I'll start today's lesson with some basics and also provide some slang and cuss words so that if you are ever in a situation where you are being cussed at in Spanish, you'll know exactly what they are saying to you and hopefully be able to respond appropriately.
~I will also try to gear these lessons towards language/phrases that are more commonly used as opposed to what you will see in textbooks. there IS a difference. i learned the language LIVING in Mexico and found out that alot of things you learn from the books are never spoken.
~I've also added a couple of Spanish/English books to my Astore in case you are interested --see link to the right-->
~the basics~ (lo basico)
hola ** ¿que onda? ** ¿que tal? ** ¿que pasa? = basic greetings such as hi, What's up? What's happening? etc. can be used interchangeably.
adios**hasta luego** = goodbye, see you later.
i'm thinking/hoping you knew most of these. if not, well, you do now.
~some of my favorites~
¿en serio? - seriously?
¡como no! - of course!
no tengo idea. - I have no idea.
¡callate! (kai a tay) - shut up!
me vale (may va lay)- i don't care (this is a really ugly way to say this)
no me importa - i don't care (nicer way to say this)
¡salud! - bless you OR cheers (now that's funny-say it when someone sneezes or slams a beer)
~18 and over~
pinche (pin chay)- lots of meanings here...and best used in conjunction with another word or a person's name, for example: pinche Oscar, nunca me ayuda en la casa - that means "damn Oscar, he never helps me around the house"
pendejo- *note* the "j" is pronounced as "h" (pen day ho) - asshole. by far one of my favorite Spanish cuss words...and widely used, so keep your ears open for this one.
hijo de puta (e ho day poo tah) - SOB
te voy a chingar (tay voy ah cheen gar) - i'm going to screw you over OR i'm going to beat the *&^% out of you.
mierda (me air da) - shit, so you can say "eres una mierda" = you are a piece of shit
As requested by Travel & Dive Girl:
stop being an idiot! - ¡deja de ser idiota! (day ha day ser id e oh ta)
you are a jackass! - ¡eres un bil burro! (air es un beel burro)
*finally O helped me with something. he made great contribution to this collection of Spanish cuss words.