Mexican Survival Guide 2017-07-13T22:00:14+00:00


Having a great time in Mexico is very easy to do. The people are incredible, the temperature is idyllic, and the food & drinks are delicious.

While most people speak enough English for you to be comfortable, knowing a few basic words, phrases, and a bit of slang can exponentially enrich your experience in México. You can easily elicit a smile and make a new friend with just a few Mexicanisms:

“Getting the Slang of it”

Uniquely Mexican expressions that will win you points…
*means it it might not be appropriate infont of all audiences

Cool  – Chido
Dude  –  Güey
*No way! –  *No manches
*No ay, dude!  – *No manches, güey
Brothwer  –  Mano / Carnal

Are you serious? – ¿Neta?
F**k Yeah!  –  *Chingón
Hell yeah!  – *A huevo!
Beer – Chela
Let’s go drink!   –  Vamos a chupar
That’s awesome!   –  ¡Que padre!
Be careful!  –   ¡Aguas!
Right on!  –   ¡Orale!

The basics:

Hello – Hola

Good morning – Buenos días
Good afternoon – Buenas tardes
Good evening – Buenas noches

How are you? – ¿Cómo estás?
I am fine, and you? – Estoy bien, ¿y tú?
What is your name? – ¿Cómo te llamas?
My name is… – Me llamo ….
Where are you from? – ¿De dónde eres?
I am from… – Soy de…

Thank you – Gracias
Thank you very much – Muchas gracias
Thank you very very much – En verdad, muchas gracias

Where is the…? – ¿Dónde está …?

Hotel – el hotel
Resturant – el restaurante
Beach – la playa
Store – la tienda
Best ice cream in san pancho – el mejor helado en San Pancho
ATM – el cajero automático
Hospital – el hospital
Taxi stand – un sitio de taxis
Bus to San Pancho – el camión para San Pancho

Could you give me a shoulder rub? – ¿Me podrías dar un masajito en los hombros?


Could you rub some suntan on lotion on my back? – ¿Me podrías untar bloqueador en la espalda?

I’m hungry for… – Tengo antojo de…

Tacos  –  Tacos
A grilled fish – un pescado a la parrilla
Something Mexican I never knew existed – algo mexicano que no sé que existe.

I’m thirsty for – Tengo sed de…

Fresh made juice – Jugo fresco
Tequila – Tequila
Beer – Chela
A Gin & Tonic by the beach – Un gin & tonic en la playa

One fresh coconut please! – Un coco, por favor

Can I see the menu please? – ¿Me permite la carta, por favor?
What do you recommend? – ¿Qué recomienda?
This is delicious! – ¡Está delicioso!

Want to go…. – ¿Quieres ir a…

Swimming? – nadar?
Surfing?- surfear?
For a coffee? – por un café?
For a drink? – por un trago?

Dance terminology

Would you like to dance? – ¿Quieres bailar?
That was a great dance, thank you! – ¡Qué buen baile, gracias!

How do you like your swing outs – Swedish style or with some whip? – ¿Cómo prefieres los swing outs, estilo savoy o con un poco de látigo?

Do you like this song? – ¿Te gusta esa canción?

I am the best dancer on this beach, who cares if I’m dressed like a taco! let’s swing out! – Soy el mejor bailarín de la playa, a quién le importa si me visto de taco! ¡Hagamos unos swing outs!