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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 9. In this lesson you'll learn Expressions to Describe a Low-Quality Item.
Eric: Be aware that you might offend someone by using these, so use them with caution.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Eric: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Laura: corriente
Laura: chafa
Laura: naco, naca
Laura: porquería
Eric: Laura, what's our first expression?
Laura: corriente
Eric: literally meaning "ordinary ." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "bad quality, cheap."
Laura: [SLOW] corriente [NORMAL] corriente
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Laura: corriente
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to describe something as cheap. Be careful when you use this word, it can be used to describe people but it is considered offensive.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Laura: [NORMAL] La ropa corriente se desgasta rápido. [SLOW] La ropa corriente se desgasta rápido.
Eric: "Cheap clothes wear out easily."
Laura: [NORMAL] La ropa corriente se desgasta rápido.
Eric: Okay, what's the next expression?
Laura: chafa
Eric: This word is originated from the Galician word
Laura: chafallada -
Eric: "to make something untidy, useless," and the Spanish verb
Laura: chafar -
Eric: "to mash, to ruin, to spoil." When it's used as a slang expression it means "lame, useless, cheap quality."
Laura: [SLOW] chafa [NORMAL] chafa
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Laura: chafa
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to describe something or someone as lame or useless.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Laura: [NORMAL] Los lentes de sol piratas son chafas. [SLOW] Los lentes de sol piratas son chafas.
Eric: "Knock-off sunglasses are lame."
Laura: [NORMAL] Los lentes de sol piratas son chafas.
Eric: Okay, what's our next expression?
Laura: naco, naca
Eric: When it's used as a slang expression it means "low-class person with bad taste or a low-class thing."
Laura: [SLOW] naco, naca [NORMAL] naco, naca
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Laura: naco, naca
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to point out that someone has bad taste. Be careful when you use this word, because it is always offensive and in some cases it is used to disparage indigenous or low income people. This word can also be used to describe an object that is in bad taste.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Laura: [NORMAL] La gente naca usa ropa muy llamativa. [SLOW] La gente naca usa ropa muy llamativa.
Eric: "People with bad taste wear flashy clothes."
Laura: [NORMAL] La gente naca usa ropa muy llamativa.
Eric: Okay, what's the last expression?
Laura: porquería
Eric: literally meaning "something pig like." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "filth, vulgar, nasty."
Laura: [SLOW] porquería [NORMAL] porquería
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Laura: porquería
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to express that you don't like something because you think that it is dirty, useless, or is of bad quality.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Laura: [NORMAL] La nueva película es una porquería. [SLOW] La nueva película es una porquería.
Eric: "The new movie sucks."
Laura: [NORMAL] La nueva película es una porquería.
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: You are on a train and a street vendor is selling some CDs, which for sure are..
Laura: chafa
Eric: "lame, useless, cheap quality"
Eric: Knock-off handbags can be described as..
Laura: corriente
Eric: "bad quality, cheap "
Eric: You just bought a really bad book, it is a..
Laura: porquería
Eric: "filth, vulgar, nasty"
Eric: Those flashy green and purple pants look..
Laura: naco, naca
Eric: "low-class person with bad taste or a low-class thing"

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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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

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Hola Mildred,


Gracias a ti!

Please let us know if you have a question or doubt.

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Gracia por las 4 parábolas.