Mexican Slang 101

Want to know some Mexican slang words for your next trip here to Mexico? These top 25 slang words will have you speaking like the locals in no time. Or at least understand what they’re saying.

Once you know the slang, you’ll hear it all the time. So try some out and see how you go!!

There’s a few more vulgar words at the end too.

If you’re interested in learning Spanish, check out the How to learn Spanish page.

Wey/Güey – Means dude. The number one Mexican slang word. You will hear this word everywhere on the streets and in bars with locals, mainly amoungst men. Like, hows it going wey? What are you doing tonight wey? No wey, you can’t do that wey. You’re crazy wey. If you’re not hearing it, you’re hanging around too many tourist areas.

Que onda – How’s it going? Whats up? The most popular way to say ‘hows it going’ with friends. Can also use ‘Que tal?’ and ‘Que paso

No manches!! – ‘No way!’ or ‘You can’t be serious’. If someone tells you something incredible or bad has happened, or a story you don’t believe, you will say ‘No manches!

Aguas!! – Look out!! If you hear someone yell out ‘Aguas!!‘, they’re telling you something is about to hit you, or quick, get out of the way.

Estoy crudo – I’m hungover. Not slang, but one you will use if you plan on partying it up in Mexico and feeling a bit rough the next day. ‘Estoy crudo. Tomé desmasiado anoche‘ I’m hungover. I drank too much last night.

Que padre – That’s awesome/really good. If someone tells you some good news or shows you something good. Say, ‘Que Padre‘. Can also say ‘Que chido

Chingon – The informal/cool way to say something is awesome, the best or super good. ‘Es chingon‘ Its awesome. Used with friends.

Fresa – Also means strawberry, but is used talk about about a girl who is a bit stuck up, snob or who thinks she is a bit better than everyone else. Wears fancy clothes, eats at fancy restaurants, won’t take the bus, criticises people lesser than them. But sometimes used about men. ‘Ella es muy fresa. No quiere comer en la calla‘. She is very stuck up. She won’t eat street food.

Chela – Beer. ‘Quieres una chela?’ Do you want a beer?

Mande – Repeat that. When you didn’t hear what someone said to you.

Orale – Lets do it now/Hurry up/Amazing. It all depends how you express the word. If you say it with force its ‘hurry up’. If you say it casual, or stretch it out, it’ll mean ‘amazing’. Ooooraleeee, amazing.

Codo/a – Tight ass, someone who doesn’t like spending money. ‘No seas codo‘, Don’t be tight. ‘El es tan codo!‘, he is so tight!

Sale – To agree or to confirm. Pronounced sa-le.

Naco/a – To describe someone who is bad mannered, poorly educated or has bad taste.

No hay bronca – No problem, don’t worry about it.

Mota – Marajuana.

Andale – Hurry up! or to confirm/agree. ‘Andale!!‘ Hurry up. Or, The bar is just around the corner… ‘Ahhh si, andele


Vulgar/Swear words

These Mexican slang words aren’t recomended that you use just yet. Some may be taken the wrong way. But of course, knowing all the bad words in another language is fun. And for some reason they’re easier to remember.

No mames – ‘No way!’ or ‘You can’t be serious’ Exactly the same as ‘No manches‘, but a lot stronger! Only used with friends you know well.

Pinche – Damn. When using to describe something. ‘Pinche perros‘, damn dogs. ‘Pinche José‘. If used aggressively can mean ‘F#@?!¿g dogs’

Pendejo – Asshole

Pedo – Literaly means fart. But is used in many different ways. And is a very informal word and only to be used with people you know very well. For example, ‘Que pedo?’ Whats up?/ How’s it going?. ‘No hay pedo‘ No problem/no worries. ‘Estoy muy pedo wey‘ I’m very drunk.

Puta madre – Has both positive and negative meanings. ‘Esta de puta madre‘ That is super awesome. Or can be a cursing word if you have a car accident or drop a cup of coffee ‘Puta madre!‘ F%!king hell!!

Me vale madre – It’s the worst way to say ‘I don’t care’ or ‘I don’t give a shit’.


I can’t even start to explain Chingar. This is the king verb of Mexican slang. There are 100’s of variations and examples. There is even a whole book dedicated to the word Chingar called the Chingonario.

Here are a few examples…

Trabajar un chingo – To work too much.

Se chingó mi dinero – He stole my money

Vete a la chingada! – Go to hell.

Esta de la chingada! – My situation is really bad.

Hijo de la chingada! – Son of a bitch

Now you’ll be up to speed with the most common Mexican slang words and phrases. Hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to share.

If i missed out any other slang words, let me know in the comments and i can add them in.

And also check out the Quick guide to travel Spanish. and How to learn Spanish.

Happy Travels!!


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