Marica, de pronto el chino tiene chichi.

Translate that into standard Spanish and you get something like:

Gay, suddenly the Chinese guy has a boob.

But those who know their Colombianismos hear:

Dude, maybe the kid has to pee.

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San Gil

This website is for those, like me, trying to wade the waters of everyday Colombian speech.

I’m Steve, an expat American living in Bogotá, a language nerd, a teacher, and a documentary filmmaker.

I’m the guy you see at the bar scribbling words into a notepad.

And for the record, all vocabulary and examples on this website are thoroughly reviewed and edited by my crack team of language experts — namely, my Colombian girlfriend Luisa.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. A mi también me encanta el lenguaje y la idea de hacer una colección de estos colombianismos. Yo soy de Colombia pero vivo en VT/EU. Me gustaría saber cómo te llamas. Estás en FB?

    • steve

      Great! Good luck. There are many of us here who took those first steps and are very happy. I will be doing a post soon with the MOST important words to know to survive your first week here.

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