CHE: our Argentine Lunfardo word of the week


Discovering the world of Argentine Lunfardo.

What does CHE mean in Argentine Lunfardo?

It is similar to ‘HEY’ in English. It can be used in different contexts, but mostly to call other people’s attention. For example: “Che, ¿quieren ir al cine?“, which translates as “Hey, would you like to go to the movies?”

How frequently is this word used?

Che is a high frequency word. Argentinians bring up this word in almost every conversation.

Different uses of the word CHE

  • Call someone’s attention: Che, ¿querés ir al bar?
  • Ask how someone is doing: ¿Qué hacés, che? ¿Todo bien?
  • Scold someone: ¡Che! ¡¿Qué estás haciendo?!
  • Encourage someone to do something: ¡Dale, che! ¡Vos podés!

More examples

  • ¿Che, y si vamos a una parrilla?
  • Che, ya estoy cansado. ¿Vamos?
  • ¿Volvemos, che? Ya es tarde.
  • Gracias, che, sos una genia.
  • Tremendo postre, che. ¿Lo hiciste vos?
  • Dale, che, estudiá. No seas vago.
  • Che, no jodan. ¿Es en serio?
  • Che, ¿escucharon lo que dijo Matías?
  • No, che, ¿cómo vas a pensar eso?
  • Che, ¿por qué no me dijiste que tu amiga era tan linda?
  • No tengo más yerba. ¡Qué macana, che!
  • No sé, che. Creo que mejor no.
  • ¿Pero qué te pasa, che?
  • Calmate, che, que no es para tanto.

Other interesting facts about this word

Did you know Che Guevara’s name was actually Ernesto Guevara? He got the nickname “Che” because he was Argentinian.

In the category “Word of the Week” you will learn:

  • One Argentine Lunfardo word per week
  • The meaning of the word
  • Frequency of the word
  • Other usages for the word
  • Interesting facts about the word

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