10 Mexican Spanish words and expressions

Once, I said ‘¡Que guay!’ to one of my Mexican friends and he told me that they never use that sentence. They use ¡Que chido! instead.

As you might now, there is no one way to speak Spanish. There are about 20 Spanish talking countries and every country has its own Spanish dialect. People from Spain talk slightly different than people from Mexico.

Mexican Spanish is a variety of the Spanish dialects, which has the highest amount of native speakers. It has approximately 103 million native speakers from Mexico and from some parts of the United States and Canada. A couple of words and expressions are commonly used by these Mexican Spanish speakers.

Read the 10 Mexican Spanish words and expressions to make sure you are prepared to talk with them!


#1 ¡Que chido!

I already used ¡Que chido! in the introduction. This expression means something like cool, attractive or fun.

There is a song called ‘Que chido’ from Frederico Vega. A part of the song is cited as an example:

Que chido estar contigo
Que chido estar aquí
Que chido es conocerte

Other Spanish talking countries will use ‘Que guay’ instead.

#2 ¿A poco?

‘¿A poco?’ means ‘really?’. It can also be used as an exclamation of surprise/incredulity.

‘¿Realmente? and ‘¿En serio? are commonly used instead in other countries.

#3 Ahorita

‘Ahorita’ is a diminitive of ahora and means literally ‘right now’. It is used in Mexican Spanish to say ‘soon’ and ‘in a moment’.

For example, Ahorita que acabe = As soon as I finish (this). 

#4 Hablar con

‘Hablar con’ is used to say ‘to talk with (on the telephone)’ instead of the standard llamar.

#5 Órale

Órale is similar to English ‘Wow!’, ‘Okay’ and can be an exclamation of surprise.

A strange fact: the word’s origin is a shortening of ahora added with the suffix –le. It is also used often in the pop and music culture for titles of movies and songs (see also Wikipedia).

#6 ¿Qué onda?

¿Qué onda? is used to ask ‘What’s up?’. Literally, it does mean: ‘What’s the vibe?’. It is used in informal circumstances.

¿Qué pasa? has a similar meaning and is used as an alternative.

#7 ¿Mande?

¿Mande? literally means ‘command’. It is a polite way of saying ‘what?’ or ‘pardon?’ and is also used to answer the phone.

#8 Güey

Güey is also spelled guey, wey or we. It means literally ‘ox’. It can be used as ‘dude’ to refer to a person or as an insult.

Examples with güey:

  • Ese güey = that dude, a friend
  • ¿Qué hay güey? = what’s up dude?
  • Que güey que eres = you’re such an idiot.

Words as ‘hombre’ and ‘tío’ are in other countries used to refer to a person.

#9 Este…

Este… is a filler word, similar to ‘um’ in English. Literally, it does mean ‘this’. This word is also used some in other countries.

#10 Güero/a

Güero/a is also spelled like huero, guero or wero. It is used to refer to a ‘light-haired and/or light-skinned person’. Güero/a is opposite to moreno/a which is used for people with a dark skin tone and a dark hair color.



More Mexican Spanish words and expressions?

Do you want to know more about the Mexican Spanish dialect and the words and expressions? Take a look at the pages on Wikipedia and Veintemundos.


Which Mexican Spanish word do you use often?


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