Today, I have 7 Spanish words for conversational Spanish for living in or traveling to Latin America You will not find these words in in your typical Spanish course. But I assure you from personal experience that they are used in Latin America in a typical normal, everyday conversations. I always find it amazing that in Spanish you can add the ending “ada” or “azo” to the name of a body part to describe a “blow” or “strike” to that body part. Or in some cases, you can add “ada” or “azo” to the name of a body part to describe a “blow” or “strike” using that body part.

How To Say Punch In Spanish

1. “Puño” is the Spanish word for fist, but if I add “azo” I get the word “puñetazo” – which means punch.

7 Spanish words for conversational Spanish

Yo le di un puñetazo
I gave him a punch.

 

How To Say Slap In Spanish

2. “Palma” is the Spanish word for palm, but if I add “ada” I get the word “palmada” which means “slap.”

Ella le dio una palmada.
She gave him a slap.

7 Spanish words for conversational Spanish

 

3. “Cachetes” is the Spanish word for cheeks, but if I add “ada” I get the word “cachetada” – which means “slap or smack to the cheeks using the back of the hand.”

By the way “cachetes” is the Spanish word for “cheeks” that you are likely to hear in Colombia. In other Spanish speaking countries, you may hear them say “mejillas” instead of “cachetes.” But in most parts of Latin America, they are familiar with the term “cachetada” which means a “slap or smack to the cheeks using the back of the hand.”

Ella le dio una cachetada.
She gave him a back hand slap to the cheeks.

 

How To Say Spanking In Spanish

 

4. “Nalga” is the Spanish word for buttocks, but if I add “ada” I get the word “nalgada” – which means “spanking or a strike to the buttocks area.”

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Le diste una nalgada.
You gave him a spanking.

 

How To Say Kick In Spanish

 

5. “Pata” is the Spanish word for foot, but only the foot of an animal. The foot of a human is called a “pie” in Spanish. If I add “ada” to the word “pata” I get “patada” which means “kick” or a “blow with the foot.”

Le dimos una patada.
We gave him a kick.

7 Spanish words for conversational Spanish

 

How To Say Elbow In Spanish

 

6. “Codo” is the Spanish word for elbow, but if I add “azo” I get the word “codazo” – which means a “strike or blow with the elbow.”

Ellos le dieron un codazo.
They elbowed him.

 

How To Say Knee In Spanish

 

7. “Rodilla” is the Spanish word for knee, but if I add “azo” I get the word “rodillazo” – which means a “strike or blow with the knee.”

Ustedes le dieron un rodillazo.
You guys kneed him.