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Popular words and sayings in Lima; people in Lima use a lot of local slang, and different sayings, whatever social class they belong to. Here are some of the words that you may hear while here, just to make sure you know what?s going on around you.

They call money ?plata?, or ?bille?. If they say ?no tengo plata? or ?no tengo bille? it means they have no money. A useful phrase when shopping, to ask if the seller has change, is ?tener sencillo?. Sencillo refers to small change, coins.
A ?carrera? refers to a taxi ride. The police are normally called ?jefe? (boss) out of respect.
?Cancha? can be a sports field or pop corn.
Other phrases that you should understand are:
When someone says ?Guarda? is means be careful.

?Un toque? means please wait a moment. However Peruvians can be unpunctual so a moment can be more than one moment!
Something that is ?Caleta? tends to be something hidden or discreet and a ?jerma? is a woman.
Apart from in really high society or in formal business meetings, Limeños tend to use the more informal ?tu? instead of the formal ?usted?. Older people, however, don?t like to be called ?tu?, they use ?usted? as well; in Lima they don?t use ?vos? or ?vosotros? (all different ways of saying ?you?).
Be very careful when using expressions like ?indio?, ?cholo?, ?cholito? and ?chola?. Due to the mixed races and the culture barriers that have existed since the time of the Spanish conquest, there are many resentments and hidden feelings between the races and social classes. This has got a lot better and not been as violent or prominent as in other countries like South Africa or USA, but it is still best to beware of the words we use. In fact ?cholo? and ?cholita? can be used as terms of endearment between friends or a couple, but from a foreigner it would not be understood as such, therefore it is best to just not use these terms.
There are many sayings in Lima; we will keep updating this page now and then again.


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