Latin America

How to say “hey mate” in Spanish

If you are from Australia and you want to travel to Latin America, you have to learn how to say “hey mate” in spanish, and the differences in each country of the continent first!

How to say mate in spanish
Mate in Spanish

Hey mate in Argentina

In Argentina, you can say hello to a friend by saying “Che boludo” or “Che boluda”. Remember that in spanish, the nouns have a gender, and that is why when it’s a male we write it with an “o” and if its a female with do it with an “a”. Also, you can use the same expression directly with “amigo/a” which means friend.

If you are interested in learning more about the Argentinean slang, visit this other!

Hey mate in Colombia

The colombians use “parce” to refer to a friend, it comes from the word “parcero”. They would say hello with the phrase ¿Quibo, parce? that means how you going mate? Moreover you can hear another expressions such as Compa’e, Socio, Cole to refer to a mate too.

Hey mate in Chile

In Chile, people use the the phrase “Oye weon” to say “hey mate”. It comes from the word huevon, which has a similiar meaning to the argentinean word boludo (big balls). Both words could be used as a friendly way to say hello to a friend but also as an offensive word, depending on the context. Other words used in Chile to call a friend are cabro or yunta.

Hey mate in Mexico

Mexican people usually refer to a mate as “wey” so they will usually say “oye wey, ¿que tranza? ” which means hey mate how you going?. You can also hear the words “carnal” or “valedor” as synonyms of friend.

Some other examples are the word “Pana” in Venezuela or “Pata” in Perú. As you can see, you have as many variations of how to say hey mate in spanish, as countries, that’s why this language is so rich and very interesting to learn. Check out this other video to learn how to say “hang out with friends” in Latin American Sapnish, that might be usefull if you are looking to travel there!

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