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If you’re traveling abroad, you might be wondering how to communicate with locals. You’ve probably heard about all the fun new slang words that are used in different cities and countries around the world. Well, here’s a list of 10 common travel slang words from Spain so that you can blend in like a local!

1. ¿Qué onda?

This is a great way to start any conversation with someone you don’t know. It’s also a great way to say hello to your new friends and acquaintances.

In Spanish, this phrase means “what’s up?” or “how are you?” It can be used in many different situations, including at parties and other social gatherings, when meeting someone for the first time, and generally when making small talk. In Spain, it’s common for people to say this as an expression of greeting when they walk into a bar or restaurant together or meet each other on the street.

If you’re traveling by yourself but want to practice your Spanish skills with natives while abroad, these expressions will help make sure that everyone feels at ease talking with you!

2. ¿Qué pedo?

Not only is this phrase a fun way to greet people, but it’s also an easy way to ask ‘what’s up?’ or ‘what’s new?’ when traveling abroad.

Translated as “What’s the matter?” or “What’s going on?” in English, this is a great question to ask after someone asks you how you are doing in Spanish (¿Cómo estás?). You can use it for any situation that requires some information or explanation from someone else—it could be something as simple as asking “How was your day?” or asking someone what they have been working on lately.

3. ¡Dame un break!

Dame un break. This phrase means “give me a break,” and it’s used to tell someone to stop asking you questions or to otherwise stop doing something. For example, if your friend keeps complaining about their job while they’re out having dinner with you, you can tell them dame un break! (which is similar to “no more!”) Or if your mom keeps asking when she can expect grandchildren, you could say dame un break mami! (which translates roughly as “stop nagging mom!”). The literal translation of this slang phrase would be something like ‘give me a break!’

4. Estoy hambrienta/hambriento.

I’m hungry, which means I need to eat something. This phrase is used when you need food and want to remind others that they should be hungry too. It can be said at any time of day, but it is most commonly used in the morning when everyone has just woken up and hasn’t had breakfast yet.

5. ¿Te parece?

This question means “what do you think?” and it is used when you want to get someone’s opinion on something. The word te means “you” in Spanish, so this phrase translates to “It seems to me.”

6. Tranqui, bro, o tranqui, hermana — hombre or mujer depending on who you’re speaking to

“Tranqui, bro” or “tranqui, hermana” is a common phrase that you’ll hear around the world in Spanish-speaking countries. It’s used to tell someone to calm down or relax.

It can be used between friends and strangers alike—just like when you say “chill out,” but in Spanish!

7. ¿Qué pasó?

Often in English, you hear friends ask each other “What’s going on?” or “What happened?” to ask about the latest news.

In Spanish, you can use ¿Qué pasó? or ¿Qué pasa? to say the same thing.

This phrase is perfectly safe to use in any situation and it’s great for when someone tells a story and at the end, you want to know what happened after that last sentence. For example: “I was walking down the street when I saw my ex-boyfriend/girlfriend coming towards me!” Your friend finishes their story by saying: “And then he/she started talking about how terrible our relationship was.” You can respond by saying: “¡Qué pasó! What happened after that? Did you talk things out?”

We hope you enjoyed learning about some of the most common words and phrases used in Spanish-speaking countries. We recommend that before traveling to a new country, it’s best to do some research on what slang words are common there so that you can avoid saying something offensive by accident!