This word means foreigner, similar to the way gringo/a is used in other Spanish speaking countries.
No, this word doesn’t mean Coke. It’s the word for a line, as in “I’m waiting in line”, which is something that you’ll encounter often in Cuba! 🙂
Also known as flip-flops.
This is Cuban slang for eyeglasses–kind of like “spectacles”.
What you’d call an attractive person (of either gender). Example: Orlando Bloom es un mango.
This is a t-shirt!
Cuban (sort of anglicized) slang for “shopping”.
8. Fruta Bomba
Important: this is what papayas are called. Do not call it a papaya (that word is slang for a female body part in Cuba).
Good ol’ skivvies, or underpants.
How most Cubans say “goodbye”.
This isn’t actually slang, as linda/o does mean “pretty” in Spanish, but it’s very commonly used there versus in other Spanish-speaking countries. Also often used by the men who shout piropos at pretty young ladies, as in “hola, chiquitita linda, ¿tienes novio?”
Two words for the classic American cars that are prevalent in Cuba. Maquina, more specifically, refers to the ones that are used as very cheap taxis.
This word technically means “jockey”, but in Cuba it’s used for someone who makes money off of tourists. The male term (jinetero) usually means a cab driver or a cigar-hawker, and the female (jinetera) often means someone who works in the sex industry.
14. ¿Qué bola? / ¿Qué vola?
This is used in Cuba to ask how things are going or “what’s up?”.