Advice for finding written material where alot of slang is used

A major obstacle I find is listening to content where a lot of slang or vulgarity is used since books and articles lack this kind of language but is very common in everyday speech, especially around certain types of people. Reading to learn the vocab first definitely lessens the difficulty curve. Anybody have any idea where an abundencia of this type of content can be found or any creative ideas on how to find it at all? Thanks again!

You’re asking for Spanish, right? Well, I’m not sure what exactly you’re looking for but when it comes to everyday speech, the Easy Spanish street interviews are a great source and have accesible transcripts for what I know. You could also import the script of a Netflix show or any Youtube video with CC subtitles in Spanish.

Actually a lot of novels use slang and common speech, it just depends on the kind of story they tell. For Mexican Spanish the Olly Richards 101 dialogues in Mexican Spanish are actually a good showcase of how Mexican Spanish is spoken on the streets of Mexico City.

Another source might be social networks, memes and chat groups.

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reality tv. I got a lot in French by watching e.g. The Circle on netflix.

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Dear Hagowingchun,

I think you are studying Spanish, correct me if I am wrong.

If you tell me which variety of the language (European Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Argentinian…) you are interested in, I may be able to help you.

Slang is the one part of Spanish where each variety diverges greatly, so for this specific subject, it matters a lot. (In other languages it happens this way as well)

I think movie scripts would be the place to go. Something like “9 Reinas” for the variety of Argentina for instance, or “cine quinqui” about drug dealers in the 80s in Spain for European variety. Also certain novels, like “Historias del Kronen” set in Spain in the 90s…

If you let me know the specifics I will try to help more

Cheers,

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I mainly care about Mexican spanish but I care about all of them argentenia, spain, DR, and friends (and yeah im studying spanish haha) Some words are easy but I was listening to mexican spanish and a la verga (was being used in good situations, bad situations, and exciting situations) so its very complex or eres mas pendejo (you are the most bada**) even though pendejo means like dumba**/idiot etc. But yeah mainly mexican spanish (i live in the US) but spain is 2nd place cuz they are very prominent as well. I will note down your reccomendations for Argentinian Spanish also cuz there are alot of them on youtube.

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If you want Mexican slang: Telenovelas are filled with slang. Netflix also has some good shows. There is one I enjoyed set in Mexico city kind of fantasy/horror called “Diablero”.

Here’s some Mexican slang:
“mugrero” means mess.
“pinche” means “shitty”.
“guerco” means “brat/kid”
“guerro” means “blonde”
“que onda guey?” means “how’s it hanging, bro?”
“me cae bien gordo” means “it annoys me a lot”
“largate” means “get lost”

^^^ all of these I picked up from telenovelas

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You’re right, but these two are normal in European Spanish as well:

“me cae bien gordo” means “it annoys me a lot”
“largate” means “get lost”

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Cool. I don’t watch much Spanish Spanish so I don’t really know their slang at all.
Makes sense though. Some slang is shared across the anglo-sphere.

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I’m afraid I do not have good recommendations for learning Mexican slang unfortunately.

When I was a kid growing up in Spain, the classical Mexican movies from “Cantinflas” were often displayed on our TV channels, but his speech was regular colloquial Mexican Spanish rather than slang. Still, they were nice family movies if you want to watch something in that variety. (He also played a role in some English language movies like this one Around the World in 80 Days (1956) - IMDb )

But here you have quite a nice list of mexican slang words, perhaps you can save that as a dictionary resource:

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Oh kk ill check out the spanish dramas its good to hear that they are used in those a lot for mexican variety.

The reccomendations you gave on the first post are the best for spain spanish? I will definitly check those out btw Thank you if you have more that come to you let me know!

You are lucky! Just today Olly Richards shared a link in his newsletter for knowing 20 Mexican slang Words.

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For slang of Spanish from Spain:

some movies:

a book:

a list of words:
https://www.wikilengua.org/index.php/Jerga_juvenil/España

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The podcast “No Hay Tos” has a lot of Mexican slang, and their patreon has pdf transcripts that I import as lingq lessons with a few minutes of format fixing.

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That’s a really good one. I can definitely imagine reality TV shows working well.

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