Argentinian Spanish: How to Sound Like a Native Speaker (Phrases Included!)


¡ Hola, che! ( Hey, dude!) Do you wish to speak like a world champ? If the response is yes, you’re in the ideal location.

Argentina is understood worldwide for its expertise in fútbol— its soccer group most just recently won the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Its status as ruling champ, however, is just the idea of the iceberg. From the mountains of Patagonia to the beaches of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a gorgeous location to discover yourself. Individuals behind its gorgeous and lively culture are similarly fantastic, and worth learning more about in every corner of the world, from Argentina and beyond.

To feel ideal at house with Argentina and its culture, it assists to comprehend the subtleties of Argentinian Spanish. From pronunciation to vocabulary, there are particular aspects that vary from basic Latin American Spanish. With the assistance of this guide, you’ll be speaking Argentinian Spanish like a rioplatense in no time.

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Why is Spanish spoken in Argentina?

Before we discover what makes Argentinian dialects so special, let’s speak about the language that many greatly affected Argentinian Spanish: Castilian Spanish

Juan Diaz de Solis was the very first Spaniard to reach Argentina in 1516. From there, Castilian Spanish gradually surpassed what as soon as were prevalent native languages, like Quechua, Wichi, and Kolla.

Between the late 19th century and early 20th century, Argentina was the wealthiest nation on the planet in regards to GDP per capita; immigrants from all over the world showed up in Argentina with their own languages, culture, and dialects, the latter of which affected Spanish. Argentinian Spanish has rather the melting pot of impacts, and as such, sounds unique from other Spanish dialects. Do not fret– your understanding of basic Latin American or Peninsular (European) Spanish will still come in helpful!

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How lots of individuals speak Spanish in Argentina?

As Argentina’s main language, Spanish is spoken by approximately 90 percent of Argentina’s 47 million residents. It is a little various from basic Latin American Spanish. For beginners, over 60 percent of Argentina’s population can trace their roots back to Italy– now you understand why numerous of your preferred Argentine sportspersons like Fangio, Maradona, Ginobili and Messi, or tango artists like Astor Piazzolla or Santos Discepolo, all have Italian surnames. You’ll observe in the vocabulary notes listed below that lots of words or expressions special to Argentinian Spanish resemble their Italian equivalents.

As such, the 2nd most spoken language in Argentina comes as not a surprise: it’s Italian. Numerous in Argentina mature finding out Italian along with Spanish, and might even speak the language in the house.

Argentina brings in a varied series of individuals– Buenos Aires is thought about the world’s most popular city for digital wanderers!– and you’re most likely to discover pockets of Chinese, Arabic, German, English, French, and even Welsh speakers.

What does an Argentinian Spanish accent seem like?

Spanish accents vary in between nations, however they likewise vary in between areas. You might observe a minor distinction in the Spanish spoken at the northern most idea of Argentina to what is spoken further south. Socioeconomic and geographical elements interact to affect how Spanish noises.

However, the huge bulk of speakers seem like those belonging to its capital, Buenos Aires. This accent is closest to a Neapolitan Italian accent. If you’re preparing to go to Argentina and occur to have some understanding of Italian, you’ll have a certain benefit!

You’ll discover that many Argentinian Spanish speakers usually pronounce y and ll like the English sh noise. In this manner of speaking begun in less wealthy communities however was quickly embraced by the remainder of the population, ultimately ending up being associated with the noise of the porteños (individuals from Buenos Aires).

In parts of Northwest Argentina, accents tend to be a little more boring. The y and ll are pronounced like an i— not unlike what you will hear in lots of parts of Central America.

Another accent worth pointing out is the accent from Córdoba, which lengthens the syllable preceding an accented syllable. When pronouncing the word chegusán (” sandwich” in Argentinian Spanish), you would extend the syllable gu

If you invest a prolonged amount of time in Argentina or around Argentinian speakers, you might naturally embrace their accent. Please– there’s no requirement to copy it! Prevent the uneasy area and just speak Spanish to the very best of your capability.

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Is it hard to discover Argentinian Spanish?

Learning Argentinian Spanish can be both difficult and satisfying, specifically if you’re currently acquainted with other Spanish dialects. While the basics of the language stay the very same, the special accent and vocabulary utilized in Argentina can position a knowing curve for some.

However, with the ideal resources and practice, anybody can end up being skilled in Argentinian Spanish! With a higher difficulty comes a higher benefit, which is how you will feel when you begin embracing the lovely and extremely musical Argentine accents.

An excellent suggestion is not to fret excessive about seeming like a regional: welcome the method you sound! Welcome it much like the immigrants to Argentina welcomed it, given that we would not be speaking about the originality of Argentine Spanish if it weren’t for the immigrants welcoming their own. Concentrate on being comprehended, and let time do the rest: discover whichever musicality and noise fit you, and bear in mind that we utilize language to interact, not to sound a particular method.


What are the distinctions in between Argentinian Spanish and Latin American Spanish?

Argentinian Spanish boasts numerous distinguishing characteristics that set it apart from the Spanish dialects spoken in the rest of Latin America. Here are some significant distinctions:

” Y” and “ll” pronunciation (Sheísmo)

As pointed out above, lots of areas of Argentina, especially in Buenos Aires, the y and ll noises are noticable as sh, looking like the English sh noise. This specific method of pronouncing these 2 noises is referred to as sheísmo pollo

( chicken) is noticable

posho, yo is noticable sho

and ella
( she) is noticable ” esha
Use of vos
( Voseo) In Argentina, like in a couple of other nations and areas inside Latin America, the casual second-person particular pronoun
vos is frequently utilized rather of
This variation consists of special verb conjugations, which you will see below, and looks like the conjugation of vosotros. Its primary distinction in conjugation in relation to
is that we worry the last syllable.
Spanish English
Yo estudio I research study
Vos estudiás You research study
Él/ ella estudia He/ She research studies
Nosotros/ nosotras estudiamos We research study

Ustedes estudian You (pl.) research study Ellos/ ellas estudian They research study Spanish English Yo como I consume Vos comés You consume Él/ ella come

He/ She consumes Nosotros/ nosotras comemos
We consume Ustedes comen
You (pl.) consume Ellos/ ellas comen
They consume Note that given that the tension is on a various syllable with
voseo , you do not require to alter the stem of the verb. If you take a look at how
querer and
poder are conjugated listed below, you’ll observe that their stem-changing qualities do not get
vos or
nosotros kinds.
Spanish English
Yo quiero I desire
Vos querés You desire (casual, Argentina)

Él quiere

He desires Nosotros/ nosotras queremos We desire Ellos/ ellas quieren They desire


English Yo puedo
I can Vos podés
You can (casual) Él/ ella puede
He/ She can Nosotros/ nosotras podemos
We can Ellos/ ellas pueden They can What expressions or words should I understand if I’m taking a trip to Argentina?
This is where the enjoyable starts! In this list, you’ll discover expressions and words you can utilize for discussions around travel, dining, and more. Practice stating these expressions out loud if you desire to sound like a real porteño
Some expressions on this list originated from Argentinian slang referred to as lunfardo
, which is a mix of Italian, Spanish, French, and native words. These can improve your understanding of daily discussions in Argentina and impress the residents. Greetings and individuals
Spanish English
¿ Qué hacés? What’s up? (Literally, “what are you doing?”)
¿ Todo bien? Everything good? (comparable to “How’s it going?”)
che dude/ woman (casual interjection)

boludo/ boluda

” Dude.” This is a colloquial term utilized to describe somebody in a friendly method. It can be equated to “dude,” however it can likewise be utilized as an insult, so beware with its use! It originates from the term utilized to explain the soldiers at the extremely cutting edges, who were equipped with boleadoras
chavón guy (casual) el loco/ la loca guy (actually: “insane”) el flaco/ la flaca
guy (actually: “thin”) el chorro/ la chorra burglar la yuta cops el vago
lazy individual la mina
woman (casual) el pibe/ la piba
kid (casual) Verbs Spanish English
parlar to talk (from Italian


and French parler
) manyar
to consume (from Italian mangiare
and French manger
) morfar
to consume bardear
to provoke or tease laburar

to work (alternative to

trabajar )
chorear to take
Money and purchasing Spanish
English mango/ sope peso (slang) gamba
100 pesos (slang) luca 1,000 pesos (slang) trucho phony or fake cheto
classy or snobby, utilized for both products and individuals la rata scrooge Travel


English el bondi
bus el tacho
taxicab (actually: “garbage can”) el subte train (brief for subterráneo
) la ventanilla teller window (the word ventana
with the small suffix – illa
) el quilombo turmoil or mess (If you go to downtown Buenos Aires throughout heavy traffic, you will comprehend the real significance of quilombo.
) Food and beverages
Spanish English
el asado conventional Argentine barbecue
la birra beer (from Italian:
birra )
la muzza/ la muza pizza (brief for “pizza de



el mate

conventional Argentine organic tea (likewise the name of the gourd where you put it)


sandwich (all the syllables for (*) sánguche(*), however out of order)(*) zapi(*) pizza (the letters for “pizza” however out of order and without a double z)(*) feca(*) coffee (the letters for “café” however out of order)(*) la gaseosa(*) soda water(*) la coca/ la coquita(*) soda (no matter brand name, comparable to what some individuals would state in Atlanta)(*) la coca de 500/600(*) soda with its approximate volume in milliliters (comparable to 20oz and 16oz, respectively) (*) el chori(*) chorizo sausage or choripán (chorizo sandwich)(*) Explore Spanish in every area with Rosetta Stone(*) By acquainting yourself with the essentials and welcoming the special accent and expressions of Argentinian Spanish, you will unquestionably have a more improving and immersive experience throughout your check out to this fascinating nation. Whether you’re preparing a journey to Buenos Aires, imagining drinking mate in the forests of Palermo, or simply wish to get in touch with Argentinians on a much deeper level, mastering the regional terminology is the crucial! And what much better method to do it than with Rosetta Stone?(*) Our language finding out program is created to provide you more than simply words. Rosetta Stone’s bite-sized lessons and finding out tools use you a ticket to immerse yourself in your target culture and check out the body and soul of a location through its language, much like we did today. Plus, TruAccent can assist you nail your pronunciation, so you can feel great and discussion all set in no time. (*) Written by Diego Rodríguez(*) Polyglot copywriter, linguist, multi-instrumentalist, and Rosetta Stone user himself, Diego has actually worked as language coach and copywriter for business such as Coca-Cola, Turner Broadcasting, Rolls Royce, and more. After a brain growth almost eliminated him and left him not able to speak, his drive to relearn his 5 languages concurrently left him a restored enthusiasm for them, along with a much deeper understanding of how they relate and work to one another.(*)


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