Chaval is a great word in Spanish that is frequently used – it means “kid” or young person.
- Era solo un chaval cuando me mudé a Madrid.
I was just a kid when I moved to Madrid.
- Había unos chavales organizando un botellón.
There were some youngsters organizing a street party.
It is also used as a familiar name for someone, similar to majo, when greeting them:
- ¿Qué tal, chaval?
How's it going, mate?
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 families.