Panamanian Spanish: Speak like a Native!

Think you know Spanish? Think again! The moment you land in Panama you will be bombarded by local words, phrases, and sayings that will leave your head spinning. Come with us and discover what they are really saying. ¡Chuuuuuuleta!

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Start speaking like the natives

Greetings

¿Qué xopá?

To ask a Panamanian how he's doing, just say: ¿QUÉ XOPÁ? The locals created this variant by interchanging the syllables of ¿QUÉ PASÓ?, which literally means: What's happening?

Compliments

¡Tiene buco chen chen!

For the locals, CHEN CHEN means money. And BUCO, which came from the French BEAUCOUP, means a lot. Congrats if your INCHIPINCHI, your soulmate, is so endowed.

Local sayings

Tengo una mococoa.

Depressed? If so, locally you have a case of MOCOCOA. That will especially be true if you are ARRASTRANDO LA MANTA, literally dragging your blanket. That means you have no money.

What they are saying

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