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32 Expressions You Should Use During Your Erasmus in Madrid

Cristina Bragana

Have you ever wondered what on earth your Madrilenian friend is saying? Is your Spanish improving since you first arrived for your Erasmus in Spain but you feel you need to start from scratch when you get to Madrid and hear certain unknown expressions? If so, don’t worry: our Madrid Dictionary is here to clear things up!

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Madrilenian 
Spanish → English

  • Peluco → Reloj → Watch
  • Chupa → Chaqueta de cuero → Leather jacket
  • Gayumbos → Calzoncillos → Underwear
  • Piba / pibe → Chico / Chica → Boy / Girl
  • Sobar → Dormir → Sleep
  • Adobarse → Autoinvitarse → Self invite
  • Esfumarse → Escaparse → Run away
  • Molar → Gustar → Like
  • Darse el piro → Irse → Go away
  • Bule → Autobús → Bus
  • Tek i → Taxi → Taxi
  • Buga → Coche → Car
  • Está fetén → Está bien→ Smashing
  • Ir cuezo → Ir borracho → Get hammered
  • En 0 coma → Muy rápido → Very fast
  • A pachas → A medias → (To go) halves
  • A cholón → A saco → Go all out
  • Ser un bragas → Calzonazos → Wuss
  • Mazo → Muy/Mucho → A lot
  • Un moco → Una borrachera → Drunkenness
  • Estar al loro → Estar atento → Be aware
  • Guindilla → Policía → Cop
  • Keli → Casa → House
  • Quedado → Ser un notas → Attention seeker
  • Pirao → Loco → Crazy
  • Chachi → Superior → Top
  • Macaco → Feo → Ugly
  • Pipa → Tonto → Silly / Fool
  • Jeta → Cara → Face
  • Napia → Nariz → Nose
  • Jero → Culo → Ass
  • Mini → Vaso de 750ml → 750ml glass

So the next time you’re on a date with a pibe and you realise you’ve lost your wallet, you’ll piss your gayumbos and be forced to go a pachas with her and report it to the guindilla.


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