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"Want to learn "Cuban Spanish"? 
This page will teach you the REAL words 
used on the island"

I suggest that you carry a pocket dictionary or electronic translator to communicate with the Cubans. 

In the hotels most of the staff speaks English, but in the shops and on the streets a basic knowledge of Spanish can be very useful.

Take in consideration that Spanish is spoken in many countries and that a lot of Latino people live in the United States.

CUBAN LANGUAGE

One of the most important words in Cuban Slang is money,
in Spanish : DINERO 
Local dialect for money :
moneda, baro, chavito, divisa, fula, dolars, peso, plata, melon, moni, guanikiki, lana, pasta, yira.

Frequently used words:

  • Asere : friend, mate ( qué bola asere = how are you mate)
  • Ajustador : bra
  • Babaloa : Santeria priest
  • Baro : money
  • Bemba : lips - Radio Bemba : Gossip, Grapevine
  • Bici : bicycle
  • Bici-tax : bicycle taxi
  • Bodega : ( state owned) grocery store
  • Bollo : vagina (vulgar expression)(pronounced: boljo)
  • Bolsa negra : black market (translated: black bag)
  • Borracho : drunken
  • Blumer : knickers
  • Bruja : without money, broke, I have no money
  • Bisnero : business man ( hustler)
  • Campesino : farmer
  • Camello : camel bus
  • Cardosa : sopa (Spanish) soup
  • Carro : car
  • Carnet (de identidad) Cuban identity card
  • Chancletas : flip-flops
  • Chebi : taxi ( official state taxi)
  • Chica : girl
  • Chopin : shopping ( refers to dollar shop , tourist shop)
  • Chocolate : a mobile telephone with a glider..
    Because it is more expensive and the latest, the Cubans call it "Chocolate" as something more valuable and expensive:....a chocolate.
  • Chulo : pimp
  • Cojones : bastard (vulgar expression)
  • Cola : Cuban queue
  • Comemierda : bastard, stupid (translated : eat shit) (vulgar expression)
  • Compay : companion (compadre) buddy, comrade
  • Coño : Bastard, Shit (vulgar) Spanish: esta mierda (see also Pinga)
  • Consorte : friend
  • Chao : (good) bye
  • Chivato : squeaker, police informer
  • Cuarto : a room (in a hotel) (Spanish: habitación)
  • Dale : go for it, it's OK - also used Vale : it's OK
  • Delgado : slim person
  • Descarga : jam session
  • Entufado : drunken (also borracho)
  • Espejuelos : glasses (Spanish anteojos - gafas)
  • Fardo : pants, trousers
  • Filtro : smart person
  • Fiana : police
  • Fosforera : lighter (Spanish: encendedor)
  • Frigi : refrigerator (from frigidaire)
  • Fuki-Fuki : having sex (vulgar)
  • Gallego : bad lover - bad sex
  • Ganso : gay (also: Maricon)
  • Grilla : bad woman, cheap vulgar prostitute,
  • Gringo: foreigner (also: Yuma)(yuma is more used)
  • Guapo : good looking, afraid of nobody.
  • Guagua : autobus (also: Rufa)
  • Guajira : peasant - farmer (female) Guajiro (= male)
  • Guayabera: loose men shirt also named Mexican Wedding shirt
  • intima : sanitary towel
  • Izquierda (translation=left) : por izquierda : through the black market (with the left hand = black market or bolsa negra)
  • Jama: food (jamar: to eat)(Spanish: comer)
  • Jamonero: Cuban slang word for a guy who groped chicas on a crowded camello (camel bus)
  • Jinetera : escort girl, part-time prostitute
  • Jaba : plastic bag (to carry groceries)
  • Joder : fucking (vulgar) No me jodes : don't fuck me up
  • Jodido : fucked up (vulgar)
  • Jeva : woman (Spanish: mujer)
  • Kiosko : little shop
  • Mala Hoja : a bad lover - bad sex
  • Mami : mam (used when addressing a woman) Mamita: (expression used to address a woman with affection)
  • Mangon / Mango : good looking, pretty
  • Maricon : gay, queer (vulgar)
  • Máquina : car (Spanish: coche, carro)
  • Maté : deep kiss, French kiss, (Spanish: beso largo)
  • Monado : police
  • Moni : money
  • Moreno or prieta : black people, (Spanish los negros)
  • Mulatón : a mixture of mulata and black race
  • Ohrishas : the Gods (religious)
  • Paguete : bad lover - bad sex
  • Papi : dad ( used when addressing a man)
  • palestino : stupid, retarded ( used by people from Havana to refer to farmers from Eastern Cuba)
  • Padrino : Santeria priest, counseller
  • Págaro : gay, homosexual
  • Pato : gay
  • Paton : bad dancer
  • Pasta : fiancee (Spanish: novio or novia)
  • Pipo : chap (used when addressing a waiter)
  • Pinga : penis (vulgar expression), shit (also "Fuck off") Esta de Pinga: it's shit Pinguero : male prostitute (derived from the word "pinga")
  • Pinchar : to work (Spanish: trabajar)
  • Playero : beach shirt (similar to guayabera but more colorful)
  • Pulover : T-shirt
  • Queik : cake
  • Quimbar : having sex
  • Rascabuchador : voyeur, Peeping Tom
  • Singao : bad person
  • Sardina : slim woman
  • Singar : having sex
  • Suerte : good luck, happiness
  • Socio : budy , mate
  • Tacos: shoes (women) (also: llanta)
  • Taxi Colectivo : a shared taxi for Cubans only
  • Tenis : sneakers, training shoes, sports shoes
  • Temba : a person over 40 (he/she is over the hill)
  • Tortillera : lesbian (Spanish lesbiana)
  • yin : (blue) jeans
  • yuma : foreigner
  • Zafra : the sugar cane harvest
  • CUBAN PHRASES

    Love and Care Expressions

  • Cariño : love, darling, affection, tender
  • Amor : love, sweetheart
  • Linda : Beauty
  • Mi Vida : my love, my everything (translated : my life)
  • Cuidate : take care
  • beso: kiss - besito: little tender kiss
  • Con todo mi Corazón: with all my heart
  • Frequently Used Expressions

  • Hola : Hello
  • Chao : Goodbye, Bye
  • ¿Que bola? : How are you? (Spanish : ¿Como esta?)also ¿Que vola?
  • No es fácil : It's not easy (translated) Life is hard (the living is difficult)
  • Disculpe , permiso : Sorry
  • ¿Te gustas? : Do you like it? (used for a drink or meal)
  • No sé : I don't know
  • ¿Cuánto cuesta? : How much is this?
  • Ser un punto : being stupid, weird
  • Tener un peso suerte : to find an lost or forgotten peso (dollar) in your pocket ( translated: to have a lucky peso or dollar) ¿No tiene un peso suerte? Do you have an accidental peso?
  • Estar a dieta : without sexual contact
  • Bailar con los 5 latinos : masturbation (translated: dancing with the five latinos)
  • Rayar la pintura : unfaithful, cheating (translated: scratching the paint)
  • Quemar petróleo : a white person making love/sex to a black person (translated: burning oil)
  • Estas comiendo mierda : You're eating shit
  • Ese huevo quiere sal : this egg wants salt (expression for wants sex)

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