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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbelt Publications; 2 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093265360X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932653604
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

It would be impossible to discuss Spanish slang in totality, since there is different slang in every country and region. Mexico alone has a rich and multi-leveled idiomatic vocabulary of thousands of words, and many terms that are used colloquially in Chiapas are never heard in Veracruz. Furthermore, there are Dantesque levels of societal usage, some obscure or unknown even to Mexicans. However, our concern here is not esoteric folklore, but standard Mexican slang, words that are widely heard or read in comic books, TV shows, and rock music.

About the Author

Elizabeth Reid began learning Spanish in Junior High School at the age of twelve. She has lived near the Mexican border most of her life. She went native in 1985, moving to Rosarito, Baja California, where she taught English to the locals for eight years. Her love affair with the Spanish language includes a fascination for the customs of the people and an appreciation of their culture. Dr. Reid is the author of Spanish Lingo for the Savvy Gringo a guide to language, culture and slang, as well as Native Speaker, a guide for traveling anywhere in the world and earning your way by teaching English.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Froburg on May 21, 2010
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I bought this book once before I moved to Mexico, and it quickly made the rounds between my ex-patriot friends. I had to purchase it again because it eventually migrated out of my circle of friends...

Anyways, this book contains authentic Mexican slang, and is a blast to read with a Mexican, because they will be laughing at your gringo accent speaking their slang. It's also great because you can then let your Mexican friend in on the English equivalents. This book provided hours and hours of back and forth laughs.

The book covers casual business appropriate (safe for work) slang down to the most raunchy gutter talk. It also tells you where each phrase or word can be used, which is useful, since they often have different euphemisms to say the same things, depending if you are in church, playing poker, out in mixed company, or playing pool in a smokey bar. The book does this creatively by introducing each word or phrase through a fictional character who would typically use each incarnation. For example, Omar Onda (Omar good vibes) uses slang that is acceptable in polite company, but Beto Boca de Basura (Beto "Trash mouth") conveys the same idea, but in a vulgar manner. The book also shows the difference between juvenile speech, and adult slang.

Along the way, you are introduced into the bits of history that contribute to each colloquialism, and the cultural aspects that make each insult particularly insulting, or compliments particularly flattering to a Mexican, rather than any other Latino.

I would highly recommend anyone spending time in Mexico to pick this up, more so if you spend more than two weeks. You will be surprised how many doors speaking the local slang can open!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Coyotetraveler on February 18, 2007
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I live in Southern California, I brought this to work and all the hispanic folks loved this thing. One guy said "wow, we use that all the time and this is the first time I really know what it means, now I can tell my kids" Very neat book, very useful, muy bueno.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raoul Mohammed on December 20, 2010
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This is a very interesting book if you are interested in learning Mexican slang. You should be aware that this book doesn't only cover ordinary slang. There is also some very vulgar slang including references to the female and male anatomy. Besides learning several different ways to say the buttocks in Spanish, I also found the author's drawings and calligraphy quite interesting.

My favorite book for learning Mexican Slang is Speaking Spanish Like a Native

Here's my list of 3 of my favorite 7 products for learning Spanish. You can refer to one of my previous reviews if you would like to see all 7. As you can see from many of my recommendations, I enjoy reading stories in Spanish because I believe reading stories really makes the language stick in your head.

1. Easy Spanish Reader w/CD-ROM: A Three-Part Text for Beginning Students (Easy Reader Series)
I enjoy learning Spanish by reading because I believe reading helps make the language stick. Make sure that you get the version of this book that comes with the additional CD which contains recordings of passages from the book so that you can download them to your Ipod or mp3 player and improve your ability to understand the language when you hear someone speak it.
2. Spanish Stories / Cuentos Españoles (A Dual-Language Book) (English and Spanish Edition) This is my second favorite Spanish reader.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Nguyen on January 8, 2004
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I love this book. It will introduce you to the real, homemade language of the Mexican people. Have you studied Spanish for ages, yet when you hear young Mexicans talking to each other on the street you have no idea what they're talking about? Well, it's probably because you aren't familiar with the Mexican slang, which is real important in understanding everyday Mexican speech. This book shows you how Mexicans actually speak. It's got all of the most frequently heard words and phrases like "guey," "chingon," and "canton". It omits some common slang like "No manches" and "orale" but other than that I highly recommend this book.
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