Chevere…

Chevere

The word chevere is used a lot in Colombia. It roughly means cool, good or cute. You can use “chevere” when describing clothes, a beautiful view, a good time you had with your friends… the list goes on.

Here’s a sample conversation:

Person A – How was the movie?

Person B – Chevere!

Person A – Oh good. Can you show me the new hat you bought?

Person B – Sure, here is it (shows the new hat).

Person A – Oh, how chevere! I love it.

**Colombian friends – Please tell me if I’m getting this wrong in any way!**

Advertisements

Arequipe…

Arequipe

Arequipe can be translated as dulce de leche or caramel.

I came to know this word when I was traveling through a nearby city. I was hungry and cranky, and all I wanted was a chicken parm sandwich. Of course, there was nothing of the sort nearby. In fact, there were only vendors selling sweet things around me. Due to the lack of options, I begrudgingly walked up to a little old lady selling arequipe. She pulled our a large, paper-thin sheet of wafer cookie and smeared on a healthy portion of arequipe and whipped cream. As soon as I took the first bite of this, I was in heaven. While it didn’t fully satisfy my hunger, it did make be a bit less cranky.

See a picture of the snack here: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm4v9pfppH1qfvdizo1_500.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/arequipe?language%3Dpt_PT&h=406&w=500&sz=61&tbnid=BsNo4pgK30QobM:&tbnh=100&tbnw=123&zoom=1&usg=__YYR8B6mzb063cHqBa50qktTmxbM=&docid=eVzxoWkUtl5WtM&sa=X&ei=hI3yUeDiDuPkyQH_koAQ&ved=0CDcQ9QEwAw&dur=461

A la orden…

A la orden

You’ll hear this from nearly all the vendors as you walk down the street here. I think the translation would be something like “at your service.” The vendors or salespeople will say this to invite you into their store or to buy their products – from juice, to candy, to handicrafts. Salespeople and vendors will also say “a la orden” as a form of “you’re welcome.”