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Peruvian Spanish, particularly in the Sierra and jungle, is pronounced much less clearly than European Spanish and Spanish from other Latin American countries, especially Mexico, Colombia and Chile. People don't tend to speak too fast, although in coastal areas, especially Lima, people speak considerably faster than in other areas, and they also use slang quite liberally. On the whole, Peru is a good and cheap place to embark on Spanish courses (once you are there).

Some slang terms:

chévere, bacán, cool.

chela (Cerveza), a beer.

Me da cólera, Me llega, it pisses me off.

Ya, right, sure (sometimes "ok" or "yup").

Loco, crazy person.Usually said in a friendly manner, also means "mate, friend, buddie"

Tombo, is cop (and cops don't like hearing it).

Chibolo(a), a kid.

Bamba fake, counterfeit goods & products

Money is often referred to as plata (as in silver). Mucha plata = too much money ("that's expensive!").

Some slang terms come from Quechua:

Que piña: means 'what bad luck' even though 'piña' in Quechua means 'coraje' or in English 'infuriating'.

Tengo una yaya: means 'I'm injured'. In quechua 'yaya' means injury. And 'yawar' means blood.

Arranca arranca no mas: means 'get the hell out'


source: Wikivoyage

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