Argentine Spanish

Castellano Argentino

Introduction

Introducción

Often called Rioplatense Spanish (castellano rioplatense), the colloquial language of Argentina and Uruguay is one of the most unique dialects of Spanish. The most noticeable difference is its use of vos in place of tú. Along with this comes the voseo style of conjugating verbs in the second-person present tense and imperative mood. These conjugations form come from Old Spanish and are often similar to the vosotros conjugation used in Spain.

Present Tense Examples:

poder (to be able)
tú puedes
vos podés

tener (to have)
tú tienes
vos tenés

salir (to leave)
tú sales
vos salís

Imperative Mood Examples:

venir (to come)
tú ven
vos vení

decir (to say)
tú di
vos decí

soltar (to let go)
tú suelta
vos soltá

Argentine Spanish also employs local slang called lunfardo. These words often come from Italian - due to the historically large number of Italian immigrants - as well as Portuguese and native languages such as Guaraní and Quechua. This lesson includes some of the most common slang word you’re likely to encounter as well as an introduction to the voseo.

For a more complete collection of Argentine Slang words, check out our app Porteño Spanish.

Vocabulary

Vocabulario

Play quilombo
a big mess Argentina chaos Argentina a mess or chaos Argentina
Play chamullar
to exaggerate oneself Argentina to brag Argentina to smooth talk Argentina
Play copado
cool Argentina
Play milonga
fast tango music Argentina tango dancehall Argentina fast tango Argentina a tango dancehall Argentina

Phrases

Frases

Play Detenieron a dos chorros a noche robandole a una abuela.
The arrested two thieves last night who were stealing from an old lady.

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