All the Spanish Text Message Slang You'll Need to Send Gr8 Texts 2 Ur BFF (2023)

All the Spanish Text Message Slang You'll Need to Send Gr8 Texts 2 Ur BFF (1)

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Can’t understand your Spanish friends’ Facebook statuses, or having trouble compressing what you want to say into 140 Spanish characters on Twitter?

Learning to read and write in Spanish isn’t as easy as it used to be.

In this world of tweets and text messages, you’ll need to learn Spanish text slang to follow what’s going on.

Contents

  • Why You Need to Learn Spanish Text Message Slang
  • The Characteristics of Spanish Text Message Slang
    • Omitting letters
    • Switching letters
    • Abbreviations
    • Numbers and Symbols Used in Spanish Text Slang

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Why You Need to Learn Spanish Text Message Slang

It’s not just a case of keeping up with the cool kids.

There are several practical reasons why learning Spanish text message slang is useful for anyone.

If you hear the “no credit” beep in your dreams (or nightmares), it’s probably time to cut down your text messages and make them shorter.

You can simply saylessin your messages, or you can use fewercharacters to say the same thing. I think you’ll agree that the second option is more appealing. Cutting down on characters will save you money on texts in the long run and your friends will be glad to no longer receive your four-message-long essays.

Squeezing what you want to say into one text message is also great practice for when you want to make your Spanish debut on Twitter.

Even if don’t regularly write text messages in Spanish, Spanish text slang is used across social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as on messaging services like WhatsApp. Using and understanding this slang will make you sound like an authentic member of the Spanish-speaking community.

Which you are, of course. Right?

Deciphering all those signs and symbols can be a fun way to use the Spanish you already know in a new way.

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So, chic@s, let’s get intosome Spanish text slang.

The Characteristics of Spanish Text Message Slang

Omitting letters

Like in English, omitting vowels (vocales)is one of the easiest way to shrtn wrds.Genialbecomesgnl,for example.

Losing consonants works too.Ahorais often written asaora.

But of course, it’s not always just a simple case of getting rid of the vocales.

When a word begins with es, drop those first letters. So estoybecomes toyand estabecomes ta. Ta bmeans esta bien. Aren’t you glad you started reading this guide already?

It’s suddenly all becoming crystal clear…or perhaps just about as clear as mud. Stick with it to avoid being a total stick in the texting mud.

Switching letters

Another Spanish text slang characteristic is switching letters. For example, the letters qand c bothchange to k, so quierobecomes kiero, aquibecomes akiand clasebecomes kls.

Note that the word queon its own can either change to kor q.

X is another letter that’s used a lot in Spanish text slang. Xusually symbolizes por, so por favor(please) becomes xfa.Porqueandpor qué?(because and why)become xqand xq?,respectively.

As por and para are similar (though sadly not exactly the same!)parabecomes xa. Para qué? (another version of “why?” or “what for?”)becomes xa q?

The third and final way you can use the Xin Spanish slang is toreplace ch. For example, muchobecomes mxoand chaubecomes xau.

Abbreviations

In English we have FYI, LOL, ROFL and various other abbreviations. In Spanish there are plenty of phrases that work in a similar way.Te quiero mucho becomes tqmor tkm,for example.

A basic chat message might start like this:

In “normal Spanish” this means:

Hola(Hi)
¿Qué tal?(How are you?)
Bien, gracias ¿y tú?(Good, thanks. And you?)
Bien.(Good.)

Have lots of jajajaja in the middle while you chat about silly things and have fun.To “laugh” in Spanish, you can use jajaja, jejeje orjijiji.

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An end to a chat might look something like this, assuming you guys like each other:

The “normal Spanish” translation for this one looks like:

Te quiero mucho(Love you)
Yo también(Love you too)
Besos(Kisses)

You can also end a text with bst (which means besito, or “little kiss” in English) and a scattering of emoticons won’t hurt matters either.

Along withTQMandTKM, another popular slang phrase isTAM, which doesn’t refer to the Brazilian airline but stands for: te amo mucho.

The equivalent of FYI (for your information) is PTI (para tu información).

It’s important to note that some Spanish speakers, especially young people, may use the English phrases instead of the Spanish equivalent. For example, they might use LOL (laugh out loud) or OMG (oh my God) in their English forms,sincemost people already know what they mean in English.

Got all that? Still can’t understand the text message you’ve just received from your Spanish-speaking friend? Here are a few more words and phrases to fill in the gaps in your slang knowledge:

kn = quien = who

tonces/ntnc = entonces = so, then

gnl = genial = great!

k risa! = qué risa = that’s so funny!

kyat! = cállate = shut up! or be quiet!

fin d = fin de semana = weekend

q/k acs? = ¿qué haces? = what are you doing?/what are you up to?

KO = estoy muerto = I’m in trouble

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vns? = ¿venís? = are you coming?

tqi/tki = tengo que irme = I have to go

npn = no pasa nada = it’s ok/don’t worry/nothing’s happening

Numbers and Symbols Used in Spanish Text Slang

In English, we might end a text with “cul8r.”

We can also say something is gr8!

The same concept of using letters for the way they sound applies to Spanish words. What do you think salu2means?

Salutwo?

No, remember, that we’re speaking Spanish here so 2 is pronounceddos.

Saludos!

There you go. You can now send greetings to people in your text messages.

Otherphrases using numbers are:

re100 = recién (recently)

100pre = siempre (always)

You could end your text message with: Tqm xa 100pre.

That would mean, te quiero mucho para siempreor “I love you forever.” Or simply end withSalu2, to play it a bit cooler.

Symbols can also be used in fun ways to make phrases.

How do you think you would say “me da igual” (I don’t mind)?

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You could choose from:

MDI

me da =

da =

(= is pronounced igual in Spanish).

The phrase más o menosisused a lot in Spanish, to mean “so, so,” “sort of” or “kind of.” Mathematical symbols are used here (más = plus, menos = minus) so the phrase becomes:” + 0 – “

Yes, you read that right.

You might have also noticed that some Spanish speakers use the @ sign in words like amig@s or chic@s.

This isn’t just to look cool, but rather it’s a way of representing that the friends or people could be boys or girls, (where they’d usually be either amigos or amigas)and making Spanish more gender neutral. Got that,+ o –?

You’ll also notice that, to save space, the upside-down question and exclamation marks aren’t used in Spanish text slang.

So there you have it, you should be able to impress your Spanish-speaking friends and bombard them with tweets, Facebook messages, hashtags and WhatsApp messages. And of course now your text messages will be much shorter.

Next on your list should be spoken slang. That’s basically like audio text messages, right? Okay, maybe that’s a stretch. But if you want to sound natural in Spanish, it’s always a good idea to learn some common slang that’s actually used by Spanish speakers.

One way to learn useful Spanish slang is on FluentU, where you can hear it in use through authentic videos like movie clips, music videos and vlogs.

You can check the definition of any word from the video’s subtitles, and these definitions are contextual. That means you’ll see if a word is being used as a slang word (or if it’s just a regular word you haven’t heard before). Plus, you can save words as flashcards and make entire decks dedicated to slang study.

Go for it,chic@s! Bst!

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FAQs

What does x2 mean in Spanish slang? ›

x2 = x2 is the Spanish equivalent of “same.” (Use this texting code to express that you relate to the other person's situation or feeling.)

What is Spanish slang for friends? ›

camarada

The word camarada (comrade), can be used practically in every Spanish-speaking country to refer to your friends and pals, informally.

What are Mexican slang words for friends? ›

Cuate, Compa, Cabrón & Carnal

Cuate is slang for 'friend', as is compa, carnal and cabrón. They tend to be used to varying degrees depending which part of Mexico you're in, and cabrón can also be used as an insult at times. Context is everything!

What does BB mean? ›

It's occasionally used as an acronym for basketball and bye-bye. More commonly, however, bb is short for baby as an affectionate term used of lovers, partners, friends, and even pets. Fans on social media may even gush over their idols by referring to them as bb.

What does BF mean slang? ›

(Internet slang) Initialism of boyfriend. (Internet slang) Initialism of best friend.

What is number 2 slang? ›

to do a "number one": to pee, to urinate. idiom. to do a "number two": to poop, to defecate. idiom. "Number one" and "number two" are expressions often used by parents and children when talking about going to the bathroom.

What does 2x mean in text? ›

2x means “2 times x”.

What does 2L mean in slang? ›

1L, 2L, 3L: In undergrad, your year in school is usually referred to as freshman, sophomore, etc.

What is Kiki Spanish? ›

n slang for sexual intercourse

Synonyms: casquete, follada, follaje, jodedera, jodienda, polvo Type of: ayuntamiento, coito, concúbito, congreso, copulación, cópula, parentela.

What is a Pendeja slang? ›

Noun. pendejo (plural pendejos) (US, slang, derogatory) A stupid person.

What is Spanish slang for bro? ›

Carnal. Literally means “brother,” but as with “bro” in English, it's used to refer to good friends, too. María, te presento a mi carnal. María, this is my bro.

What is the slang for BFF? ›

The meaning of bff

Bff is an initialism of the phrase best friend(s) forever, and it's a term of endearment used for selected close friends. It's been in use since at least 1996, although the concept of having a “best friend” predates the phrase.

What is Spanish slang for girl? ›

Instead of using muchacho or muchacha or niño or niña, try out the Mexican slang term for “boy” or “girl,” which is chango or changa.

What does YK YK mean? ›

What is the meaning of the expression “ykyk”? The literal meaning of “ykyk” is “you know you know”. The acronym “ykyk”, is relatively simple to utilize in messages and due to its catchy nature, it is often used in hashtags and captions on social media platforms.

What does BBB mean from a girl? ›

What does BBB mean from a girl? "Bored Beyond Belief" is the most common definition for BBB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

What does BP girl mean? ›

beautiful people; beautiful person.

Does bae mean BF? ›

BAE is an abbreviation for baby or babe. BAE refers to a person's significant other. It can be used as a term or endearment or as an adjective.

Is bae a boyfriend? ›

While originating in Black slang, bae has become widespread in youth culture, on social media, and in online popular publications as an affectionate way to refer to a significant other, especially a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or other romantic partner.

What's CF stand for? ›

Cf. is an abbreviation for the Latin word confer, meaning "compare." Cf. is a signal indicating that the cited source supports a different claim (proposition) than the one just made, that it is worthwhile to compare the two claims and assess the difference.

What does it mean to say 2 3? ›

2/3 is equivalent to the fraction two-thirds, which means it is equal to 66.66666667 percent. When converted to a decimal, 2/3 is . 666666667. In other words, two-thirds of something is equal to two out of every three parts of that thing.

What does a 2 and 8 mean? ›

(Cockney rhyming slang) A state (of upset, worry). quotations ▼ I didn't get home until two in the morning, and me missus got herself into a right two and eight over it!

What does 23 mean in slang? ›

For some time past there has been going the rounds of the men about town the slang phrase "Twenty-three." The meaning attached to it is to "move on," "get out," "good-bye, glad you are gone," "your move" and so on.

What does 1174 mean in texting? ›

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Here's a good example: "1174." Do you know what "1174" stands for? Neither did I. It apparently means "party location" (yeah, I don't know why either).

What does x2x mean? ›

x2x allows the console (keyboard and mouse) on one X server to be used to control another X server.

What does 3x mean? ›

@3x means a new “triple” retina resolution, where each user interface point is represented by three display pixels.

What does y4 mean in texting? ›

Other words for a very uncomplimentary remark: SLAM.

What does 4L mean in text? ›

4L stands for “for life”, meaning forever. The 4 stands for “for” and the L stands for “life.”

What does RL mean in texting? ›

Updated on 12/10/19. The abbreviation RL stands for "real life" in the truncated parlance of the internet. It is used to reference "my other responsibilities" or "what I do when I am not on the computer." A variation is IRL, which stands for "in real life."

What gender is kiki? ›

Kiki is a unisex given name, a nickname and a surname.

What does Moony mean in Spanish? ›

Español. moony adj. (person: dreamy, listless) distraído/a adj. soñador/a adj.

Is kiki a girl name? ›

Kiki is a feminine name with Spanish, Egyptian, French, and Japanese connections. With meanings like, in Spanish and Egyptian, “from the caster plant” and, in French, “double happiness,” it is fair to say that this multicultural moniker is associated with the finer things in life.

What is Punta slang? ›

punta f (plural puntes) point, tip. pinch, bit (small amount)

What does pucha mean in Spanish slang? ›

Interjection. pucha. (Argentina, Chile, Peru, colloquial) expresses pity, disappointment, sympathy quotations ▼synonyms ▲

What does Cucho mean in Spanish slang? ›

(= deprimido) gloomy ⧫ depressed.

Does Papi mean bro? ›

What does Papi mean? Borrowed by English, papi is a Spanish colloquialism for “daddy,” extended as a general term of endearment like “buddy” for a friend or “my man” for a romantic partner.

What do Mexicans say homies? ›

Ese, amigo, hombre. Or, in English slang, dude, bro, homey. Ese is a Mexican-Spanish slang term of address for a fellow man.

How do you say LOL in Spanish slang? ›

Well, in the digital world you will encounter many Spanish speakers using LOL, but the most popular way to express laughter is jajaja.

How do Mexicans say wow? ›

¡Guau! This interjection is an anglicism, as it's the Spanish spelling of the English word “wow!” It's used to express surprise, admiration, or even disappointment. ¡Guau!

Is Pendeja a swear? ›

Pendejo

‍This is another common dirty Spanish word used in Mexico. It literally means 'pubic hair' which has no direct reasoning of why it's a swear word. Normally it's used at someone to call them a coward or moron, depending on where you're using it specifically.

What does jajaja mean in texting? ›

quicklist: 2title: Jajajaja text: Although the h and j are close together on your keyboard (we know you're looking), jajaja is definitely not a typo. It basically means the person is laughing in Spanish. BUT, don't be mistaken and read it out loud as yayaya, make sure you have strong j's.

What are slang words in Spanish? ›

General Spanish slang phrases
Spanish slang phraseSpanish pronunciationEnglish meaning
Echar una manoEh-chahr oo-nah mah-noTo help someone
Dejar plantadoDeh-har plahn-tah-dohTo stand someone up
Caer gordoKah-ehr gor-dohTo dislike someone
Mala pataMah-la Pah-tahBad luck
2 more rows
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What does XD mean in Spanish text? ›

Spanish-language Internet slang for "por Dios", a rough equivalent to "OMG" in English.

How do I convert my text to Spanish? ›

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