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Your ticket to Mexican Slang: 37 Words To Make You Sound Like A Local & Have Colorful Conversations!

What are Mexican slang words you need to know? I lived 3 years & half in Puerto Vallarta teaching Art at the American School, and later managing an Art Gallery. These are the words and expressions I learned. I hope this will help you to make friends and to better understand local Mexican Spanish that you won´t find in books. Andale! Let´s go!

1. Güey — say it like way!!!

This word is at the forefront of Mexican slang. Similar to “dude” in English, “güey” is commonly used for friends or acquaintances, and in some unpleasant situations, refers to strangers in a sarcastic way. Pronounced like “whey” in English.

Mira güey, ¿salimos hoy o que? – Hey dude, wanna go out today?

2. Neta

This is another one of those words that you will hear in movies, tv shows, or from some Mexican friends. It usually means “the truth”, but when used interrogatively, it’s understood as:

¿Neta? – For real?

You can also refer to someone great by saying: