Have you been promising yourself that you would spend some time to learn more Spanish before visiting Mexico City, but you just haven’t gotten around to those Rosetta Stone CDs ? Have you been living in DF for a few years but still have no idea what your taxi drivers are saying while they’re talking on their cell phones? Have you been too lazy to read through the Effective Swearing in DF blog, or even to watch Werevertumorro on YouTube?? (Thanks Alice for the video tip!)
Finally there exists what you’ve all been waiting for: an iPhone app for learning Chilango slang & obscenities! Güey Spanish promises to help you “Learn the Mexican slang needed to speak like a Chilango verdadero.” Here’s the link to their iTunes app as well.
Although I am living in the dark ages with neither an iPhone nor an iPad, I was able to test out Güey Spanish last night on my computer– the app is also available on their website for anyone still trapped in the olden times of laptop use. I tallied up 50 correct answers & 17 wrong answers during my extremely scientific analysis of the program (a.k.a. how long does it take me to get 50 answers right). The terminology covered on the site definitely skews in the direction of “words I wouldn’t use around my Mexican grandmother unless I wanted to be beaten with a day-old tamale because of my foul mouth”. But the obscenities are interspersed among other abuela-friendly words that you will hear all the time in polite conversation here & probably have no idea what they mean, like fresa, lana, porfis, etc. I hope they continue expanding the vocabulary, because right now I reckon you could cover most of the terms while on a taxi ride from the airport to Polanco during rush hour.
¡Chécalo, güey! ¡Órale!
Hat tip to Arturo for the alert!