Spanish Word of the Day: 'Guay'

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Spanish Word of the Day: 'Guay'
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Our Spanish word of the day today is more informal, but something you'll hear constantly in Spain.


Why have we chosen the word?

“Guay” is a colloquial expression that is used by people young and old (but not something you'd probably hear the older generation use). It is considered a type of slang, indicating that something is 'cool'. It can be used as either an adjective or an interjection.

So, what does it mean?

Guay can be translated as cool, great, or awesome (depending on where you're from and your age!). Nowadays (mainly young) Americans would say “lit” but it's mostly translatable as cool. You can use it in a few contexts:

As an interjection:

  • ¡Gané un viaje a Francia!
  • ¡Qué Guay!

I won a trip to France!

That's amazing!

  • ¿Quieres venir al cine conmigo?
  • ¡Vale, guay!

Do you want to come to the movies with me?

Okay, sounds good!

As an adjective:

  • Llevas una camiseta muy guay.

You’re wearing a really cool (t-)shirt.

  • Tus amigos son muy guay.

Your friends are really cool.

And finally as an adverb:

  • Nos lo pasamos guay en la fiesta de Juan.

We had an awesome time at Juan’s party.

Check out our other word of the day posts

This word of the day has been contributed by LAE Madrid, the leading Spanish academy in Madrid. Accredited by the Insitituto Cervantes, it offers Spanish courses for all levels and also has Spanish classes for kids and familiesRead their blog for more Spanish!





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