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20 Spanish Expressions to Learn Before You Go to Honduras

20 Spanish Expressions to Learn Before You Go to Honduras
Honduran Slang

What Are Slang Words?

Slang terms are words and phrases that are favored over the common vocabulary of a language by its speakers. Slang words vary from country to country, and sometimes from region to region. If two countries speak the same language, they will have different slang words. For instance, slang words in the United States are different from the common slang terms that are used in England. Sometimes, the slang terms are different from region to region within the same country. Despite that, every country has a few terms and phrases that are spoken and understood nationally.

Spanish in the Americas:

The Spanish language is recognized officially in over twenty countries. The majority of Spanish speaking population is not in Europe but in the Americas. Almost all the countries in the Americas speak Spanish as their native language. In all the Central American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Honduras different varieties of Spanish are spoken. But despite the differences, these varieties of Spanish are collectively known as Central American Spanish. There are a few cultural similarities in the region that have also influenced the native language of Central American countries.

Spanish Expressions to Learn
Spanish in the Americas

20 Spanish Expressions ( Honduran Slang ) to Learn Before You Go to Honduras:

The variety of Spanish spoken in Honduras is known as Honduran Spanish. It shares a lot of features with the varieties of Spanish spoken in El Salvador and Costa Rica. But the Honduran Slang is pretty unique. It is also quite common in the country. People all over the country prefer using slang words in their everyday conversations. So, if you are planning to visit Honduras, learning a few basic expressions can be a good idea. You may not be able to understand Honduran Spanish in its entirety but being able to use a few common expressions will help you connect with the natives. The people of Honduras would appreciate the efforts you made to learn their common expressions. Here are 20 Honduran Spanish expressions that you should learn before visiting Honduras:

1. Vaya Pues. It is a very common word in Honduras. It can be used to end a phone conversation. But Vaya Pues is also used to tell someone that you are listening to them like ‘uh-huh’ or ‘right!’

2. Catracho. Like Costa Ricans, Hondurans love their nicknames. Catracho is their own nickname for themselves and they use it with pride.

3. Charrula. This word is used to refer to ‘an irresponsible person’.

4. Chele. This is the word the speakers of Honduran Spanish use to refer to White people.

5. Cheque. No, this cheque does not refer to the cheque you are thinking of. It is used as a positive reaffirmation word. Whenever you have to say ‘okay’ or ‘alright’ in Honduras, you can use the word cheque to do so.

6. Que Pepsi. This is quite a unique expression. It translates to ‘how Pepsi!’ but the meaning of the phrase is ‘that’s cool’. So, you can use Que Pepsi to express your amazement.

7. Chuco. This word can have many meanings in Honduras ranging from muddy and stained to dirty. The real meaning depends on the context.

8. Mi Amor. Even if you don’t know a single Spanish word, there is a high chance that you are familiar with this phrase. Mi Amor means ‘my love’. It is not only limited to Honduras. It is used in all the countries where Spanish is an official language including El Salvador and Costa Rica.

9. Cipote. It is a word for small children that only elders use whenever they need to get the attention of a kid.

10. Jilote. Jilote is another Honduran word for people with dull and slow brains. You can use the word to refer to someone who can’t understand things easily.

11. Macizo. The literal meaning of this word is ‘solid’. You can use it to describe the quality of products.

12. Que Mas Hizo. The phrase is used like ‘Que Pepsi!’ but more emphatically. Que Mas Hizo also means ‘that’s cool!’

13. Maje. If you think that maje looks like the English word mate then you won’t be wrong. It means ‘bro’ and is only used between two close male friends.

14. Los Chepos. This term is used in Honduras to refer to the police.

15. Pijin. It is the Spanish language word for ‘party’. If someone invites you to a Pijin, get ready to have fun.

16. Pulperia and La Trucha: Both these words refer to a ‘corner shop’. Corner shops have become quite common in Honduras, which is why there are special terms for them.

17. Yuca. It can refer to a rigid person, as well as, a tough situation that a person can’t get out of.

18. Mara. Mara is a fascinating term. It can either mean a gang of criminals from Central America or your close friends. In either case, it refers to a crew.

19. Enchufado. When you are in the zone or too focused on something, Enchufado is the word you can use to describe the state of your mind.

20. Alero. It is the best word in Honduran slang Spanish to describe your best friend. Its literal translation is ‘the one on your wing’.

Now that you know twenty basic Spanish expressions, you can start preparing for your trip to Honduras. Don’t forget to impress the natives by inserting Honduran slang in your conversations from time to time.

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