22 Mar The 10 Best Andalusian Expressions
The Spanish Language shows an extraordinary wealth of words, expressions, sayings, and phrases. Like with any language, there are many colloquial terms used in different communities, provinces, cities, or even neighborhoods. Today we´re going to discover the favorite Andalusian expressions of the Centro MundoLengua team. If the following Andalusian expressions aren´t unknown to you, then you can be proud of yourself for being Andalusian!
No ni na – Nuria
This triple negation becomes a statement of affirmation that only happens in Andalusia, as a way of saying “of course”.
Quillo – Alejandro
Abbreviation of chiquillo/a (bro/dude). If you come to Andalusia, don´t be weirded out if you hear this wherever you go. It can also be used by an adult to address a child.
Ponerse púo – Noemi
We love good food, it´s just how we are! If you hear us say this, then you can imagine the awesome meal that we are going to have.
Mijita – María
This word has two meanings:
a) A small amount of something. Example:
¿Quieres probar el arroz? (Do you want some rice?)
Sí, ponme una mijita. (Yes, just a little.)
b) It can also be used to mean a sensitive person who is attentive to every little detail in order to reprimand others:
Me dijiste que me llamarías en un cuarto de hora y han pasado 20 min…
Madre mía, no seas mijita…
(You told me that you would call me in 15 minutes and it has already been 20…)
(Jeez, don´t be so sensitive.)
Arfavo – David
It means to do a favor. It would be impossible not to hear this word in the bars of Sevilla. The next time that you are in a restaurant, say to the waiter: jefe…arfavo, ponme unas aceitunas“.
(Boss, may I have some olives?)
Malaje – Yaye
An adjective that we use when we want to say that someone isn´t pleasant or nice.
Esta mañana fui a desayunar al café Manolo, y debo decir que el camarero es un malaje. Ya no vuelvo más.
(This morning I went to eat breakfast at Manolo café and I need to say that the waiter is very unpleasant. I´m never going back.)
Fíte! – Mario
It means fíjate (pay atttention), a term that expresses surprise, both positive and negative. I find it very funny.
Pesha – Stefanie
“Pesha” means a lot of something.
Example: “Vaya pesha de comer me dao.” meaning “I have eaten a ton”.
Bastinazo – Antonio
Bastinazo. An expression utilized throughout Cadiz and it means an exaggeration.
Example:¿Has visto el nuevo puente Carranza quillo? ¡Es un bastinazo!
(Dude, have you seen the new Carranza bridge? It´s insane!)
Alma de cántaro – Anabel
My favorite Andalusian expression is alma de cántaro, which means: someone who is teased due to their innocence.
Miarma – Aurore
I´m not sure how many times I have heard this Andalusian expression since I came to Sevilla and I always find it so funny! Miarma, “mi alma” (my soul), and is a familiar expression that means affection and caring. The Andalusians use it in many different contexts. For example, if someone from Andalusia says to you ¿Qué pasa, miarma?, it´s like saying, “What´s up, love” or “What´s up sweetie”.
Do you know any other Andalusian expressions? Let us know below!
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