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17 Spanish Words that Don’t Technically Exist but We Use Every Day

Being bilingual is a blessing – and confusing. What happens when you can’t exactly translate a word? You make up your own. Here are a few we’ve spanglishized and use all the time.

1. Chequear – to check something, like a reference.

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If you chequé the dictionary you will not find chequear. However, we all know that the word is one of the most commonly used words in our modern vocabulary with our elders.

2. Taggear – to tag someone on social media.

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Seriously? Taggear is becoming a word? What’s next, “posteando” statuses? As the nature of technology evolves, we have to come up with ways to create language around them.

3. Yarda – a yard or lawn.

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“Mami, Luis and his friends won’t let me play en la yarda.” It is not at all a real word in the proper sense but it is a real word to us and that is what really counts.

4. Flirtear – to flirt.

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It’s been so long since someone flirted with me, but I’m pretty sure that isn’t the right word. However, it very well might be the right word if someone was willing to flirt with me.

5. Estoquieando – stalking, you know, like most of us do.

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We also use this to talk about estoquieando on Instagram. There is something so satisfying about being able to dig deep into your crush’s Instagram and figuring out their likes and dislikes.

6. Marqueta – the market.

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This is lazy. Mercado is shorter and it’s the proper word. However, it is a word we have all used because it just comes out that way an that’s just fine.

7. Parquear – to park, usually like a boss.

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I’m almost there. Estoy parqueando. What makes this even funnier is that whoever says this has likely not even left the house yet

8. Chance (chan sey) – chance

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If you can’t make up a word just give the English word a Latino pronunciation. That usually does the trick.

9. Bloque – a neighborhood block.

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If only we all lived en el mismo bloque as Mr. Roger, we’d all have a proper vocabulary. I’m just saying. But, given our fun loving culture, I’m sure Mr. Roger would have understood the playful language.

10. Bildin – a building.

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Or edificio. It is kind of amazing when you realize that we have created a language out of two langauges in an attempt to better talk with our family. Sometimes it is the little things like that that can make a relationship with your abuela that much more special.

11. Lonche – lunch.

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Abueltia: ¿Qué comiste para la lonche hoy, mija?

Me: Nada. And when did you learn lonche?

Isn’t it sweet when your family takes an extra step to make sure everyone is included in the conversation.

12. Mopear – to mop.

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I don’t even care that this word exists, tbh. Nothing can make this chore anymore fun. Call it what you want…like torture. You will never know the terror of mopping in a frenzy before mom gets home.

13. Lockear – to lock.

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Because atrancar is so 2014. Honestly, though, who else grew up with this one? It seems like a really common word when it comes to Spanglish-speaking families.

14. Carpeta – a carpet.

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Wait? Haven’t we been making fun of people for making words Spanish by adding an ‘o’ to the end? When did we become just like them?

15. Vaquear – to vacuum.

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This is like mopear. We don’t care unless the word gets rid of the task altogether. Unfortunately, it won’t so we will just keep mopeando and vaqueando until mom is satisfied.

16. El Tiki Tiki – any electronic device from a GameBoy to your phone.

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Our abeulas and parents are quick to just call any handheld electronic device el tiki tiki. It’s a lot like how every game system is called a Nintendo.

17. Echoping – shopping

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Shopping with mom can be crazy hectic. But we all know that she will do whatever she can to spoil her babies and that is what we are all here for.


Be honest, how often do you use these words? Share this story with your friends so we can make this language mainstream, bro.

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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In case you haven’t heard, Bennifer 1.0 is back. The famous early-2000s couple has been spotted spending time together in the wake of JLo’s split with A-Rod and Ben Affleck’s split with Cubana Ana de Armas. The news about their reconciliation is surprising the general public, as it’s been 17 years since the Hollywood power couple split up.

Needless to say, many fans have mixed feelings about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck getting back together, seeing as their 2004 split up was so messy the first time around.

But more than anything, fans have jokes. Here are some of the funniest tweets about Jlo and Ben Affleck getting back together.

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

A year in quarantine has led so many of us to doom scroll and get lost in social media. As a result, some people are getting more recognition and one person who should be getting your attention is Jenny Solares, or @es_jenny_solares on Instagram.

Jenny Solares is here with the relatable content we all want.

The Guatemalan content creator knows what the people want to see. How many times have you heard someone say that they like a woman who can eat? Well, as Jenny urges, prove it, y’all. Take your lady out and get her all of the food that she wants. Let’s go!

Now, that’s how you add salsa to someone’s food. If you didn’t already think this way when adding salsa to your tacos, you definitely will now. It’s just impossible not to.

We also love seeing her collaborating with Estefania Saavedra, a fellow Latina creator. A rising tide lifts all boats so we appreciate seeing these Latinas working together.

Solares is even creating brand new identities.

Cholas will forever have a place in our hearts. We know cholas. We love cholas. We are related to cholas. Solares’ creation of the glola is truly a work of art. Just because you’re a chola doesn’t mean you can’t love glitter and colors.

She’s even got some of the Covid humor in check.

There are going to be so many school assignments about this year in the coming years. Kids will be learning about the time the world stood still as we battled an out-of-control virus. It is going to be us having to tell the little ones about that time and it’s going to be rough. Get ready to reliving everything we have been dealing with for the last year.

On top of all of the comedy, Solares is ready to show her fans some real love for their support.

“Thank you all for letting me be me. Thank you for appreciating my silliness, my craziness, my songs, my dances, my imperfections,” Solares tells her fans in a year-end video. “Thank you for letting me be myself. This year was full of so much sadness, uncertainty, frustration, and, for a lot of people, loneliness. Thank you all for not letting me feel that loneliness.”

Thank you, Jenny. Your comedy has been a bright spot for so many during an incredibly hard and sad year.

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