If you have no idea what anyone is saying at first, don't worry: it takes the ear a little while to adjust. Of course, they could also be speaking Cubañol. These Cuban Spanish phrases will help you make your way.
What's up?: ¿Que bola, acere?
What’s your name?: ¿Como se llama?
My name is _____: Me llamo _____ .
Thank you: Gracias
Sorry: Lo siento
Let's go: Dale
More or less: Más o menos
The bus : El guagua
Where is ____?: ¿Dónde está ______ ?
La Yuma: America - it can be pejorative or cheeky.
La Revolución: The 1959 Revolution.
Crema: soup (sopa is understood, but not used as commonly.)
Ropa vieja: Local shredded beef specialty. Literally "old clothes."
Arroz morro (sometimes just "morro"): Black beans and rice.
Fruta bomba: Papaya ("papaya" is slang for female anatomy.)
Mani: Peanuts (street vendors sell them in small white paper cones)
Palomitas, short for palomitas de maiz: popcorn (street vendors sell it in larger white paper cones)
Cajita: Literally a little box, usually contains a delicious cheap lunch of rice, beans and fried chicken.
________ Napolitano: In red sauce, e.g. spaghetti.
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