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21 Spanglish Words and Phrases You Need to Know

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Updated: 21 December 2017
We might not be able to pinpoint its origins (maybe as early as 1848 when Mexico ceded large parts of its land to the U.S., or in 1898 when the U.S. occupied Puerto Rico), but the meeting of Hispanic and American cultures has formed an in-between language that makes for comical mashups and shortcuts only bilingual Spanish and English speakers can understand. Brush up on these phrases!

Pero like

Roughly translates to the English phrase “but like”.

Conflei

Although it’s supposed to mean Cornflakes, Spanglish speakers use it to mean any cereal.

Pari

Party.

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Cojelo con take it easy

Cojelo con translates to “take it with” but it’s redundant since what it means is just “take it easy”. If someone tells you “cojelo con take it easy“, they’re telling you to calm down about a situation.

Frizar

To freeze. The correct term in Spanish is congelar.

Parquear

To park. The Spanish term for this is either estacionar or aparcar.

Los biles

The bills. In Spanish this is simply referred to as las cuentas or facturas.

Lonche

Lunch. The correct term in Spanish is almuerzo.

Sanweesh

Sandwich.

Jamberger

Hamburger.

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Victoria Fernandez / | © Culture Trip

Googlear

Means “Google it”.

Es un show

Means “it’s a show” or can be used instead of “that’s crazy!”

Bibaporú

Vicks VapoRub, which, according to many Hispanic people, cures everything.

Estoy full

Means “I am full”.

El parking

Is used to refer to a parking lot.

Chequear

Means “to check”.

Chequear el mail

An expression used to indicate a person is going to check their email.

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Diler

Car dealer, known as concesionario.

Typear

To type.

Espanish

Spanish

Rentar

To rent.