Posted by: powellsinsantacruz | September 12, 2010

Idioma numero uno

Learning a language (idioma) still feels like a new experience for me. I’d like to let you know how I’m finding it and to start off, here are a few of my favourite Latin American Spanish phrases:

Con sueno- literally ‘with dreams’ but used to mean feeling sleepy or tired.

Mas o menos- literally ‘more or less’, used to mean okay or nearly. This phrase can be used loads!

hay pan- literally ‘there is bread’. To be seen in shops or on the outside of peoples houses where they are selling bread. It sounds kind of like an existentialist thing- bread exists. We don’t know where it came from or how long it will be here, but it is here now.

si no- literally ‘yes, no?’ Used as a question- do you agree?

rompecabeza- literally ‘break head’ but is the word for jigsaws.

aqui no mas- literally ‘here, no more’. Useful in taxis to ask them to stop at a certain point and not go any further. Sounds best said in an offhand manner, maybe missing the s off the end.



  1. That sounds like a psycho jigsaw!
    I really like Con sueno…will have to adopt that one…which leads me nicely on to your previous post – really interested in your thoughts on that. Our friends recently went to Cambodia where the missionaries there had also adopted. It is amazing that we are adopted as sons into God’s family

  2. Thanks Ben, loved this blog – laughed & laughed, can’t wait to hear you demonstrating all this lingo latino!!

  3. Hey,
    Did you go to New Frontiers in Exeter? I went there when I was doing Relay with UCCF in Exeter 2 yrs ago. I remember there was talk of a couple going to South America. I have just come back from being in Peru for a year – its brilliant and yet very hard! πŸ™‚ The language stuff is fun – have you come across the buses/combis yet? In Peru they always shout “baja” to get down and “sube” to get up!! Its funny when they say it really fast πŸ™‚ I hope you are coping with the culture and everything. Just an encouragement – you will get to points where you think learning the language is impossible and too hard, but keep going – you will pick it up and God is always with you πŸ™‚
    Espero que tengas un buen tiempo en Bolivia… πŸ™‚
    Dios te bendiga
    Cat xx

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