Spanish is one of the richest languages all over the world and it has many variants depending on the country or culture. We are able to understand each other but there are many words, languages and dialects influencing Spanish speakers’ lexicon.
Mexican Spanish is one of those variants and it is defined as one of the most colourful languages and even as a machista Spanish due to the importance given to the masculine genre. It is also the most common Spanish used for media and voice recordings for Latin-American countries as it is considered that it has a neutral accent that makes possible to understand it without any difficulty.
Mexico itself divides Spanish in 2: “español fresa” (literally translated as strawberry Spanish) and “español naco”. This is not an official variant but it is based on social and economic factors of Mexican population mostly related to level of education. Fresa refers to upper class and naco usually applies to lower education and poor usage of proper Spanish. Outside Mexico, these 2 categories DO NOT exist!
Apart from this, Mexico has different accents as well, depending on the zone (north, centre and south) and the indigenous influence makes the language of the whole modern Mexico one of a kind.
Main characteristics of Mexican Spanish
- “La Chingada”: Is one of the most popular Mexican words. It is classified as offensive and impolite. If you ever visit Mexico and you hear this word or any other derivation, you can be sure it is nothing nice!
- Words taken from English: Mexico has one of the most powerful nations as a neighbour and just as there are thousands of Spanish speakers in the US; our Spanish has adopted some words such as sandwich, football, OK, bye, goal, among others.
- Albur: Refers to words or phrases that express double meaning and mostly related to sexual matters.
- Seseo: “S”, “c” and “z” are pronounced as S. Mexicans do not mark the difference in the pronunciation and this is also common for “b” and “v” sound (they both are pronounced as b).
- Nahuatl: Before the Spanish came to the American continent, there were several indigenous civilizations and nahuatl was one of the languages spoken by them. Today it is one of the oldest languages in Mexico and its influence in Spanish can be seen through words like chocolate, chicle (gum), chipotle (chilly), guacamole (Mexican sauce), etc.
More popular words
- Chavo: Refers to teenager or any young man or woman.
- Chicle: Gum.
- Güey (wey) : Used to call friends or trusted people surrounding us. Sometimes acquires an offensive tone but it is commonly accepted as any other word.
- Onda: the expression ¿qué onda? Means what’s up?
- ¡Guácala!: To express when something is disgusting or gives you an unpleasant feeling.
- ¡Órale!: 100% Mexican word used to express agreement to any situation or idea.
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