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Category Archive: Sh** Colombians Say

Sh** Colombians Say, Part 9: Se pega el accento

*Warning: contains explicit language….in Spanish, so only The Bilingual need to cover their ears (eyes?) Whilst in Bogotá last month I heard a disgruntled cachaco say “malparido” in the street and my heart… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 8: Reading Between the “Vainas”

In the fall (I still operate on New England seasons, even if I don’t live them) people started asking me what I was doing the next year. Once I had committed to my… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 7

I miss you already, accent-less rolos. Mona Many people with basic Spanish knowledge will tell you that “mono” means monkey. They’re right…everywhere else. In Colombia, mono or mona is used to describe a… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 6: When will the Colombianisms end?

Uuuuuuuushhh!!! A drawn out, ooooooosh! sound indicates some kind of extreme. Surprise, danger, scandal, fear, excitement, upset, apprehension, joy – when you can’t find the words, “Uuuushhhh!” is appropriate. The best is when… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 5: No words, no problems.

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and around Bogotá, small towns or even the… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 4

Cascar means to peel or skin something. Bogotanos and Tabiunos use it to talk about beating something/one up, or something that’s worn out. As in, “Quería cascarlo!” (I wanted to kick the ish… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 3

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions that offer insight on the Colombian experience. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 2

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions that offer insight on the Colombian experience. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 1

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions that offer insight on the Colombian experience. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and… Continue reading

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