If you’ve ever tried to chat with a Spanish speaker online and run into a language barrier, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Here’s 11 phrases of gay Mexican slang for flirting and hooking up.
Google Translate can be a handy resource when flirting, but it only goes so far because it doesn’t really pick up on subtle gay nuances in language. Pepe, the international YouTube sensation from Pepe y Teo, will advance your flirting game much more than Google Translate ever could.
But be careful: While all the phrases Pepe suggests are in Spanish, some of them are particular to Mexican Spanish rather than all Spanish speakers in general. ¡Cuidado!
Enjoy this video of gay Mexican slang, amigos!
Why you should learn gay Mexican slang
Clearly communicating your needs, interests and desires are important when making a connection. It helps you have control over a situation and is instrumental when talking about sexual health.
You might already know that in Spanish, “pasivo” (passive) means bottom and “activo” (active) means top. Those are good examples of how language can prop up sexist ideas around sexuality. We’ve got a long way to go to dismantle the silly notion that being a bottom is passive, weak or less than. Thankfully, our community has a number of out-and-proud power bottoms who regularly challenge gender norms and sexual stereotypes by showing just how active they really are.
If you’re experienced or well-traveled, you may already know some useful phrases in different languages for helping you find what you need — whether that’s in a bar or online. But if you don’t speak the language, then you may have to rely on body language and eye contact. Sometimes that can work in your favor and result in a sexy outcome, but other times it can be a recipe for disaster. Pepe hopes to save you from any awkwardness.
In the U.S. it’s just good common sense to know some basic Spanish. It improves your communication skills, can demonstrate that you are making an effort to welcome others, and in Trump’s America, speaking Spanish has become a political act of resistance. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Obama’s catchphrase was “Yes we can” which translated into Spanish as “Si se puede!”
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