Spanish Word of the day: ‘Dieta’

This word is very similar to the word in English diet. However it has a few different meanings in Spanish.

Spanish Word of the day: 'Dieta'
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To be on a diet


  • Después de la última revisión el médico le puso a dieta para adelgazar.

               After the last checkup the doctor put him on an strict diet to lose weight.



Subsistence allowance


  • Dentro de su salario están incluidas las dietas.

               His salary includes the diets.



Legislative assembly


  • La dieta del Parlamento Europeo se reúne una vez cada 6 meses.

               The European Parliament comes together once every 6 months.


Compound forms


Balanced diet


  • Los niños deben tener una dieta equilibrada para crecer sanos.

               Children must have a balanced diet to grow healthy.



To break the diet


         – Una vez a la semana rompe su dieta  y come todo el chocolate que quiere.

           Once a month he breaks the diet and eats all the chocolate he wants.



Weight loss diet


  • La dieta reductora puede ser efectiva o no dependiendo del caso.

               The weight loss diet can be effective depending on the case.



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 families.

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Member comments

  1. “His salary includes the diets.” This makes little sense in English. Do you mean that his salary includes a meal allowance?

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Spanish Word of the Day: ‘Chachi’

Who would’ve thought that there’s a word used all the time in Spain that has something to do with Winston Churchill? Or so the story goes. 

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Chachi'

Chachi is a colloquial way to express approval for something or someone, in the sense of it/them being cool, awesome or great.

It’s mainly a word used by young people in Spain, so saying it to your bank manager or boss may raise an eyebrow or two, but it’s in no way derogatory or rude.

There’s even the expression ¡Chachi piruli Juan Pelotilla! that was popularised by a 90s’ kids show on TV called Telebuten, but it’s now a rather outdated way of saying ‘cool’ in Spanish. 

Chachi is certainly a rather bizarre sounding word and Spain’s Royal Academy actually has it recorded as deriving from chanchi (which nobody uses).

Linguists are not 100 percent certain about the origin of the word but there are two very interesting theories. 

The first is that chachi was first coined in the southern coastal city of Cádiz during World War II, at a time where hunger among locals and contraband at the port were both rife.

Smuggled goods from nearby Gibraltar were considered of the utmost quality as they came from the United Kingdom, and the story goes that Gaditanos (the name for people from Cádiz) referred to these bootlegged products as ‘charchil’, in reference to UK Prime Minister at the time Winston Churchill.

Over time, charchil became chachi, a slang word which (if the story is true) came to mean ‘cool’ across Spain.

Other philologists believe that chachi comes from Caló, the language spoken by Spain’s native gipsy or Roma population. 

Chachipé or chachipen reportedly means ‘truth’ or ‘reality’ in this language spoken by 60,000 people across the Iberian Peninsula.

This could’ve been shortened to chachi and gone from being used like chachi que sí/claro que sí (of course) to chachi to mean ‘cool’.

Whichever theory is true, chachi is a great word to add to your arsenal of Spanish vocab. 

There’s also the Spanish word guay, which has a very similar meaning to chachi; we reviewed it here.


Carlos es un tío chachi. 

Carlos is a cool guy.

¡Pásalo chachi!

Have a great time!

La verdad es que es juego de mesa muy chachi.

The truth is it’s a very cool board game.

¡Qué chachi! Van a hacer un concierto en la plaza.

How cool! They’re going to hold a concert in the square.