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The Dictionary of Malaga – 10 words typical to this city

The Dictionary of Malaga – 10 words typical to this city

10 Words Typical to Malaga

Have you ever actually thought what language you really speak? Let’s take English as an example to make clear what I mean. English is spoken in many places. What is the real English? The Americans will say it is American English and the Brittan’s will say it is British English. So what is it? Not one language in the world is spoken and used in the same way in the whole country. There are differences, from village to village, from city to city and from north to south. We already knew that the Malagueños order coffee in their own way and you know what? They also have a pechá of words only used in Malaga.  Let us introduce you 10 words that are typical to this city…

1. Perita

A ‘perita’ is a person or a thing that is cool, nice, funny or hip. In Spain they often use ‘guay’, but in Malaga the word perita can also be used. The majority of the Malagueños use this word to refer to a nice person “Tú eres una persona perita” (You are a good person).

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2. Pila/Pechá

This is another word for ‘un montón’ in Spanish, meaning ‘a lot’. You can for example have “pechá de comer” (a lot of food) or “pechá de dinero” (a lot of money).

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3. Chalao

Use ‘chalao’ to say that something or someone is crazy or idiot. It is another word for the Spanish word ‘tonto’.

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4. Chorraera

This is another word for ‘tobogán’. The definition of both words is: a slide.

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5. Chorra

‘Chorra’ is another word for the Spanish word ‘suerte’, which means luck… “Qué chorra!”

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6. Mocito feliz

El mocito feliz’ is someone from Malaga who is a little bit obsessed by being on pictures with celebrities. Every time a photographer tries to make a picture of a celebrity he tries to be on the background. ‘Mocedad’ means youth and refers to his childish behaviour.

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7. Un campero

Un campero’ is a word from Malaga referring to a sandwich with ham and mayonnaise. Some places add more things, like salad, tomato, cheese and chicken. The funny thing is that it is often so big that people cannot finish it since it is so big.

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8. Bulla

“Tienes prisa?”  Then you can also say that you have “bulla”. Bulla simply is a word of Malaga used to say that you are in a rush or need to hurry.

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9. Boquerón

Boquerón? Those are those little fishes that are fried and eaten in Malaga right? Precisely! A typical dish in Malaga and loved by the malagueños. Therefore they call the malagueñosboquerones”.

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10. Mijilla

A ‘Mijilla’ is the contrary of pila or pechá that we have seen earlier in this list. Mijilla means something small or just a little. Malagueños often say “Esperate una mijilla” (Wait a minute!)

There are many more words typical to Malaga! Check them all out and learn how to speak as a real malagueño. Your neighbours and friends will be surprised when you talk Spanish with words typical to Malaga! What is your favourite word malagueño?