How to curse in Spanish
Spanish is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable languages to curse in. Particularly for native English speakers. There is just something so immensely satisfying about shouting curse words, knowing that most of the people around you have no idea what you’re saying.
I picked up a decent amount of Spanish profanities working in a restaurant kitchen at a ski resort in Colorado, back in my early twenties. Each season, the resort hosted temporary staff workers from Central and South America that came on a working visa for three or four months. Most often, they were college kids on summer break. We’d work on the kitchen line all day, preparing food for tourists and teaching each other our native languages (at least the swear words).
A few days into the season, I was yelling “Pinche Madre” every time a drop of hot fryer oil splashed onto my arm. I had the crew chanting “Fuck that!” every time a customized order came in that slowed down the line in the middle of a rush.
By the end of the season we had a “Cuantos Burros?” list on the kitchen wall. The entire staff made the list.
Anyway, the point here is that maldiciendo es divertido. This article will get you up to par on cursing in Spanish so that the next time you’re in Mexico, Spain, or sitting near the kitchen door on a ski trip lunch break you can fire back and sound like a pro.
This information is ideal for jostling with friends on an upcoming trip. Maybe you’ll try the words on them over a casual night out, just to gauge their reaction and level of understanding. Learning Spanish is an admirable goal – and swearing is as much a part of the culture in Spanish speaking countries as it is in those speaking English.
Of course, there’s a strong chance no one at home will understand you should you.
Learning and memorizing the curse words is similar to learning and memorizing other aspects of the language. Take it slow and follow a step-by-step process. Repetition is key. Practicing with a tutor is highly recommended.
Hint: you’ll see the word “pinche” often with Spanish swearing. This word literally means “scullion,” which is basically a low level servant. However, it is translated to mean “fuck” quite frequently, as in “pinche madre” (see below).
Here we go:
How to curse in Spanish: A Sample
To Fuck: Cojer/Follar
Fuck off: Vete a la chingada/Que Te Follen
Motherfucker: Hijo de la chingada/Cabron
Go to hell: Vete a la chingada/Viete a la infierno
Ass: Culo, i.e. Hasta el culo/Metetelo por culo (Up your ass!)
How to curse in Spanish: Add visual elements
Conducting a search for Spanish curse words on YouTube will also get you several video results for both pronunciation and written forms of bad Spanish words. By viewing and reviewing the words you are more likely to remember them.
Here is a great (and quite hilarious) video on how to curse in Spanish:
How to curse in Spanish: Use cue cards
Cue cards are a great technique to use for general language learning. Add swear words, and the process gets that much more enjoyable. Adding visual cues to the bad Spanish words can help you learn them faster. Use white flash cards to memorize your vocabulary words.
Write the curse words on a cue card, with the English translation on the back side. This is a fun game to practice with friends. Soon, you’ll be calling each other Cabron more often than you call them by their actual name.
How often do Spanish speakers swear?
About the same amount as the average English speaker. Spanish curse words are used to express frustration, cause offense when needed, and be edgy. Most who speak Spanish won’t be shy about cursing right back at you – even if it’s in a friendly manner.
Putting It All Together
While studying Spanish curse words, go over each term, repeating it out loud. If you don’t remember what the vocabulary means look on the back of your cue card to see the English translation. Review the pronunciation by watching the YouTube video, clicking on the pronunciation in Google Translate or listening to online audio clips. After a few repetitions, while looking through the cards, you’ll remember the vocabulary through both the audio and visual associations. Continue repeating the vocabulary out loud until you memorize it.
Why not take it a step further and learn some more Spanish? It’s a beautiful language spoken by over 330 million people around the world. Our native Spanish speakers offer immersive lessons via Skype to get you speaking Spanish regularly.
As we noted earlier repetition is key to success. Use your key cards, practice with a friend, or better yet – do some Skyping with a fluent Spanish speaker. You two can swear at each other like one of you just punched the other’s son square in the face. Bet you never thought learning a new language could be so much fun!
The moral of the story is to just do it. Learn the words. Use the words. Then, expand your Spanish vocabulary to cover basic daily interactions and conversations. Practice every day and we promise – you’ll see some fucking results.