Competition to get and keep partners is fiercer here than in any other country I have experienced.
In many ways, the country still has a machista culture in which guys are very forward and the women get complimented / propositioned constantly.
The issue here is not so much the risk of causing offence – a risk which is, let’s face it, all but non-existent – but rather that it would just be a very full on thing to say.
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To help you take your first steps into this world, we’ll look here at a selection of the endless ways that Colombians talk about attraction, dating, getting together and falling apart.
Standard Spanish has a load of different ways to say somebody (or something) is beautiful or attractive.
A highly popular, if rude, way to describe amazing looking girls. A slightly less popular slang term for an attractive person, which can be used for both men and women.
Be warned, though, that it is used almost exclusively to talk about someone, rather than ever being said straight to their face.On reflection, that might be an overly romantic description for a term which is mainly used by guys talking about “conquering” somebody for one night.Rarely is it used to discuss them winning over the love of their life. “throwing the dogs”) is a very common expression meaning “to come on to someone” or “to try it on with someone”. Literally meaning “to throw oneself”, this is a wonderfully visual expression meaning “to make a move on someone” e.g.A number of other very similar words to “mamacita” and ”papsito” – like “mamasota” / “papasote”, “mami” and “mamita” – also have pretty much the same meaning. “Pintoso” is a label applied to a “good looking man” (use of the feminine version, “pintosa“, is much less common).
All these terms are a bit more light-hearted than “estar buena” and some girls can find it complimentary to be described as a “mamacita”. Unlike the previous terms, which are all laden with sexuality, this is a neutral term that does not necessarily mean the speaker is attracted to the person they’re talking about.Learn all the coolest lingo that you'll need to have fun with locals, but which the textbooks will never teach you.