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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, and welcome back to SpanishPod101.com. I'm Eric.
Laura: And I'm Laura!
Eric: This is Must-Know Mexican Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 8. In this lesson you'll learn Old-fashioned Mexican Slang Expressions.
Eric: These are the types of expressions that older people are fond of. But if you feel like saying them, go ahead, because young adults use them once in awhile as well.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Eric: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Laura: a todo dar
Laura: hacerse pato
Laura: sepa la bola
Laura: pan de Dios
Eric: Laura, what's our first expression?
Laura: a todo dar
Eric: literally meaning "in full swing." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "the best, likable."
Laura: [SLOW] a todo dar [NORMAL] a todo dar
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Laura: a todo dar
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to express that something or someone is the best or likable.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Laura: [NORMAL] ¡El concierto estuvo a todo dar! [SLOW] ¡El concierto estuvo a todo dar!
Eric: "The concert was great!"
Laura: [NORMAL] ¡El concierto estuvo a todo dar!
Eric: Okay, what's the next expression?
Laura: hacerse pato
Eric: literally meaning "to make yourself a duck." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "wasting time ."
Laura: [SLOW] hacerse pato [NORMAL] hacerse pato
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Laura: hacerse pato
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to say that someone is procrastinating or acting like a fool.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Laura: [NORMAL] Le gusta hacerse pato cuando es hora de limpiar. [SLOW] Le gusta hacerse pato cuando es hora de limpiar.
Eric: "She likes to waste time when it's time to clean."
Laura: [NORMAL] Le gusta hacerse pato cuando es hora de limpiar.
Eric: Okay, what's our next expression?
Laura: sepa la bola
Eric: literally meaning "the mass knows." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "who knows, I don't know."
Laura: [SLOW] sepa la bola [NORMAL] sepa la bola
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Laura: sepa la bola
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to express that you don't know. It is mainly used when it is assumed that the question is too difficult or something is not sure or certain. Be careful when you use this expression; it isn't a respectful way to answer a question posed by an older person or a superior.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Laura: [NORMAL] Sepa la bola cuando va a dejar de llover. [SLOW] Sepa la bola cuando va a dejar de llover.
Eric: "Who knows when it will stop raining."
Laura: [NORMAL] Sepa la bola cuando va a dejar de llover.
Eric: Okay, what's the last expression?
Laura: pan de Dios
Eric: literally meaning "bread of God." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "a very nice and good person."
Laura: [SLOW] pan de Dios [NORMAL] pan de Dios
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Laura: pan de Dios
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to say that someone is a very nice and good person.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Laura: [NORMAL] Mi abuela es un pan de Dios, siempre me ayuda. [SLOW] Mi abuela es un pan de Dios, siempre me ayuda.
Eric: "My grandmother has a heart of gold, she always helps me."
Laura: [NORMAL] Mi abuela es un pan de Dios, siempre me ayuda.
QUIZ
Eric: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
Eric: A member of your team is not helping at all.
Laura: hacerse pato
Eric: "wasting time "
Eric: It’s your day off, the weather is great, everything seems..
Laura: a todo dar
Eric: "the best, likable"
Eric: She always lends you a hand when you need it. She is a..
Laura: pan de Dios
Eric: "a very nice and good person"
Eric: Someone just asked you who you think is going to win the coming elections.
Laura: sepa la bola
Eric: "who knows, I don't know"

Outro

Eric: There you have it; you have mastered four Mexican Spanish Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at SpanishPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Laura: Hasta pronto.

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