15 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.

2. Taggear – to tag someone on social media.

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Seriously? Taggear is becoming a word? What’s next, “posteando” statuses?

3. Yarda – a yard or lawn.

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“Mami, Luis and his friends won’t let me play en la yarda.”

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4. Flirtear – to flirt.

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It’s been so long since some flirted with me, but I’m pretty sure that isn’t the right word.

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

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We also use this to talk about estoqueando on Instagram.

6. Marqueta – the market.

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This is lazy. Mercado is shorter and it’s the proper word.

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

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I’m almost there. Estoy parqueando.

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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 proper vocabulary. I’m just saying…

10. Bildin – a building.

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Or edificio. It isn’t that hard people.

11. Lonche – lunch.

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

Me: Nada. And when did you learn lonche?

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.

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13. Lockear – to lock.

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Because atrancar is so 2014.

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. I don’t care unless the word gets rid of the damn task all together.

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