“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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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.