Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Aquí en El Salvador, dicen “Puchica” para exclamar algo bueno o malo. Por ejemplo,

“Puchica que Bonito!” or “Puchica vos! Que feo!”

You can use this Word to exclaim a good or bad thing. In Central and South America dicen “Vos” también. I don’t know if Melanie has brought this up in yall’s classes but it’s like usted or tu, but REALLY informal. The people that live in the country here in El Salvador say it a lot, but it’s so informal you really only use it with your friends. Many of the verbs are different in the present tense. Por ejemplo…

With the verb tener (to have) a question in the tu form would be…
Cuántos años tienes tu? * but you would not have to say “tu” because the verb in the tu form would imply that you are asking the person you are talking to directly.
In Usted form the same question would be...

Cuántos años tiene usted? *here you would more than likely need to say “Usted” to let the person you are talking to know you are asking him/her how many years he/she has. If you were to say “Cuántos años tiene el” for example, you would be asking the person you are speaking to about someone else, a male.

When you “vos” someone here it’s similar to “tu” in that you don’t need to specify who you are talking to, because it’s implied. The people here, however, say “vos” most of the time they use the verbs in “vos” form. Here is an example of “vos-ing” somebody with the verb tener.
Cuantos anos tenes vos?