Yesterday I crossed the border into El Salvador from Guatemala. The process only took 20 minutes and I was in my 41st country! I will truly miss my guides Laura, Rita and driver Wandemar. Now I’m traveling in a new trio- with guide Benjamin and driver Helson. I knew when I met them that these next 12 days would be a blast. I haven’t been here long, but I am starting to get a feel or El Salvador slang words.
It’s no secret that Central America is a tapestry of different cultures and languages, but in the first few hours of being in El Salvador I noticed that there were different words being spoken. I am fluent in Spanish, but even I couldn’t tell what people were saying, so I decided to compile fourteen El Salvador slang words that you may find helpful when speaking to locals.
1. Chivo– ok, fantastic, nice, amazing
2. Bolado– anything
3. Chero or Chera– friend (m) or (f)
4. Bicho or Bicha– little kids (the meaning of “bicho” varies in every Spanish-speaking country.)
5. Cipote or Cipota– teenager or young person (m) or (f)
6. Vea– for real
7. Tierno– newly born
8. Dundo– dumb
9. Baboso– dumb (can also be loosely translated into “drooler”)
10. Chucho– dog
11. De Choto– for free
12. Salu– good bye
13. Chuco– dirty
14. Puya– wow
For now these are some common day-to-day words that I picked up. I will keep posting as my knowledge of El Salvadorian Spanish expands. Here is another few words:
15. De Choto– for free
16. Chucho– dog
17. Guebiar– rob
18. Puchica– damn
19. Chele– white person
20. Pisto– money
My guide told me that in the southern parts of the country, the people use J (jota) in every word and I will film this as soon as I get there in 5 days.
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Here are the top 5 tours I recommend in El Salvador:
- Half-Day Transit Tour: The Mayan Route
- San Salvador Half-Day City Tour
- Boqueron Volcano & Santa Tecla Tour
- Ilamatepec: Full-Day Hiking Tour
- Cerro Verde National Park: Volcano Complex & Coatepeque Lake
Special thanks to the El Salvador Tourism Organization.