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Talk Spanish Colloquially: Common Spanish swear words and insults

Street Spanish – Common Spanish swear words and insults

This lesson is part of my “Street Spanish” course which is aimed at giving you all of the necessary Spanish vocabulary and expressions for speaking colloquially in Spanish.

In this lesson we will learn various common Spanish swear words and insults such as “¡Mierda!” (S**t!), “¡Joder!” (F**K!) or “¡Cabrón!” (Bastard!).

Click here to see the video for this lesson that will help you to swear with the correct Spanish pronunciation.

The Spanish vocabulary and expressions that you will find in this course are not the kind that you will find in regular textbooks and some should be used with caution as they are quite vulgar, but I want to give you an insight into exactly how Spanish people really speak on the street.

I would like to invite you to add you own additional Spanish phrases relevant to this topic. I have listed here the Spanish phrases that I can think of, but for sure there are many many more and I would love to hear your suggestions. Please use the comment form below….

Common Spanish swear words and insults:

*Everything in this section is vulgar so use with caution. However, these Spanish swear words are much more widely used metaphorically in a naughty rather than rude sense and are nothing like their literal translations in English which sound much much harsher and more aggressive*

¡Joder!: F**k!

¡No me jodas! – You’re kidding, right? / Don’t f**k with me!

¡Que te jodan! / ¡Jódete! – F**k off! / F**k you! / Go f**k yourself!

Follar: To f**k

¡Que te follen! : F**k off!

¡Hostia!: F**k!

Ser la hostia: To be incredible

¡Cabrón!: B**tard! / Motherf**ker!

¡Qué Cabrón!: What a rotter!

¡No seas tan cabrón!: Don’t be such a w**ker!

¡Coño!: Dammit! / Bloody Hell! (literally translates to “c**t”, but “Coño” sounds much milder in Spanish and is used in a different fashion)

¡Gilipollas!: D**khead! / Jerk! / Idiot!

¡Manda huevos!: F**king hell!

¡La madre que me/te/los parió!: For goodness sake! (literally: “the mother who gave birth to me/you/them”)

¡Hijo/a de puta!: Son of a bitch!

¡Hijo/a de la gran puta!: Son of the biggest bitch!

¡Tu puta madre!: Your f**king mother!

¡De puta madre!: F**king brilliant!

¡Qué putada!: How annoying!

Puteara alguien: To do something bad to someone

Ser el puto amo: To be the best

¡Me cago en …. la mar/la leche/la hostia/tu puta madre/Dios/todo!: Wow! What bad luck! (literally: “I s**t in …)

¡Mierda!: S**t!

¡Vete a la mierda!: Go to hell!

¡Tonto del culo!: Stupid idiot!

¡Capullo!: A**hole!

¡Que te den por culo!: Get f**ked!

¡A tomar por culo!: Whatever! / I/We don’t give a s**t! / What the hell!

Click here to see the video for this lesson that will help you to swear with the correct Spanish pronunciation.


  1. Can someone tell me – my roommate, even though she is south american, she did not understand – she was insulted by a guy in spanish – he yelled at her:

    Cono! Criqua!

    she knew what Cono meant, but does not know Criqua – does anyone know? (not sure if it is spelled correctly)

  2. “Coña” is used in two ways in spanish. “Dar la coña” is to disturb someone, “No me des la coña” -> Don’t disturb me. Also “coña” can be a joke, “Es una coña” -> It’s a joke or “Nos lo tomamos a coña” -> It’s like talking about nothing serious.

  3. Hey Mike!
    I am not Mexican, but in my opinion the verb “chingar” is the most important word in Mexico. It is so important that there is a book called “El Chingonario” (the name of the book comes from chingar + diccionario) that explains many colloquial expressions. I was impressed when I read it because some have a negative meaning and other no.

    Regarding the word “coño” I never heard that word in feminine.

  4. One addition and one question here:

    1) I have heard some Mexicans insult each other by saying “chingate su madre” — and the biggest insult there is anything related to la chingara so I would assume this roughly translates to “rape your mother”

    2) Why is cono sometimes said as cona instead? English speakers have such a hard time with masculine/feminine words.

    Thanks for your site!! It is excellent… I have been able to read some spanish for awhile but I can’t have any sort of a conversation with anyone. This site is exactly what I need.

  5. Pinche doesnt really have a “set meaning” its like other swear words its more of a slang. When used though it is commonly translated to “darn”/ or ‘f**king”. When used; (depending on HOW its used) the word can be good or bad.

    for example:
    Calla la pinche boca!…. Shut your damn mouth!
    Pinches gringos!…. Those darn gringos!

  6. Thank you very much for lessons
    I’ve been using a good talk with people always
    Thanks to God

  7. Laura, I love everything that you do on this site. This entry in particular made me laugh. Truly, this is a lesson not to be found in books.

    The only other phrase I could think of is “pinche”, which in Mexico, means something despicable, or poor quality. Double-checking my understanding on the internet, I find that “pinche” is not necessarily so gruff a word in Spain where it is to mean a cook’s assistant; or in Chile where it is to mean a certain hair accessory.

    • Hi Michael,
      I am really pleased that you enjoyed this post. I hope I am not leading you astray with these horrible phrases!!
      I have heard of “Pinche”, but like you say it is not really used in Spain and I am not 100% sure of its meaning or in what context it is used.
      I will listen out for it though if I ever make it out to Mexico!
      Have a great day,


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