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The issue here is not so much the risk of causing offence – a risk which is, let’s face it, all but non-existent – but rather that it would just be a very full on thing to say.
Women sometimes describe attractive men with the phrase “estar bueno”, but again are unlikely to say this directly to the guy’s face.The literal translation of the expression is “rice on a low [heat]”.In other words, it means that the girl will show the guy just enough interest to keep him ticking over, but without ever really escalating things (or, to extend the metaphor, supplying enough heat to keep the rice simmering, without bringing it to the boil). After having his advances repeatedly rebuffed by a girl, a cocksure Colombian man might comment to a friend: “Sé que yo le gusto.It’s difficult to imagine a group of guys hanging out, drinking a few beers, saying this about a girl.It would be so formal that it’d actually sound a bit weird.In the world of Colombian dating, bad Spanish does not serve as much of an aphrodisiac.
Winning someone’s affections requires you to be charming, funny, complimentary and smooth – none of which is possible if you’re stuttering away in heavily-accented Spanglish.
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Weirdly, Colombians use the terms for “little mum” and “little dad” as slang for an attractive woman or man.
It refers to those guys that the girl isn’t really immediately interested in dating, but whom she also doesn’t want to dismiss outright.
One day, she might find herself a bit bored and will call on one of these gents to take her out.
Often has it been said that the best way to improve in a foreign tongue is to start dating a local. Even students who, in the classroom, can barely be bothered to string together a coherent sentence, suddenly have boundless enthusiasm for improving their language skills as soon as they chat to a guy or girl they like.