3 MEANINGS AND
USAGES OF THE
MEXICAN SPANISH
EXPRESSION ¡ÓRALE!

BY:
SPEAKING
LATINO.COM
WHAT DOES ¡ÓRALE! MEAN?

It is an interjection accepted by the Royal
Academy of Spanish Language Dictionary
(DRAE) as a co...
1. TO EXHORT, TO
ENCOURAGE


Jorge Mejía Prieto in his book Así habla
el mexicano defines the interjection
¡órale! as an ...
2. TO EXPRESS AGREEMENT
3. TO INDICATE DISCOMFORT
OR SURPRISE


Roxana Fitch in her book Jergas de
habla hispana add two ...
EXAMPLE USES OF ¡ÓRALE!
 EXAMPLE #1: To exhort, to encourage. In this circumstance
similar expressions are “Hurry up” and...
EXAMPLE #2: To express
agreement. A good
equivalent expression is
“OK,” “I got it” or “De
acuerdo” in Spanish.

Source: h...
EXAMPLE #3: To indicate
discomfort or surprise. A
surprise expression in
Spanish can be similar to
“¡Genial!” or “¡Tremen...
1. Mexican Spanish slang bilingual
dictionary

• Quick Guide to Mexican Spanish
• Quick Guide to More Mexican
Spanish

2. ...
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3 Meanings and Usages of the Mexican Spanish Expression ¡Órale!

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Based on the original article by Jared Romey here: http://www.speakinglatino.com/3-meanings-and-usages-of-mexican-expression-orale/

What does the expression Orale mean? 5 different sources gives the answer of this Mexican Spanish slang word. Plus example sentences on how are they used.

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3 Meanings and Usages of the Mexican Spanish Expression ¡Órale!

  1. 1. 3 MEANINGS AND USAGES OF THE MEXICAN SPANISH EXPRESSION ¡ÓRALE! BY: SPEAKING LATINO.COM
  2. 2. WHAT DOES ¡ÓRALE! MEAN? It is an interjection accepted by the Royal Academy of Spanish Language Dictionary (DRAE) as a colloquialism from México and it is used “to exhort.” Source: http://www.speakinglatino.com/3-meanings-and-usages-of-mexican-expression-orale/
  3. 3. 1. TO EXHORT, TO ENCOURAGE  Jorge Mejía Prieto in his book Así habla el mexicano defines the interjection ¡órale! as an “expression used to encourage someone to do a certain thing.”  Diccionario breve de Mexicanismos by Guido Gómez de Silva includes this expression under the term ora that is a contraction of ahora (now). So, ¡órale! is formed by combining ahora + -le. His definition can be summarized as “to exhort.” Source: http://www.speakinglatino.com/3-meanings-and-usages-of-mexican-expression-orale/ ¡ÓRALE!
  4. 4. 2. TO EXPRESS AGREEMENT 3. TO INDICATE DISCOMFORT OR SURPRISE  Roxana Fitch in her book Jergas de habla hispana add two other meanings: interjection to express agreement and to indicate discomfort or surprise. The Diccionario de Americanismos published by the Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española pretty much gave us the same three meanings, but it includes an additional fact: the expression ¡órale! is also used in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Source: http://www.speakinglatino.com/3-meanings-and-usages-of-mexican-expression-orale/ ¡ÓRALE!
  5. 5. EXAMPLE USES OF ¡ÓRALE!  EXAMPLE #1: To exhort, to encourage. In this circumstance similar expressions are “Hurry up” and “Lets go.” Source: http://www.speakinglatino.com/3-meanings-and-usages-of-mexican-expression-orale/
  6. 6. EXAMPLE #2: To express agreement. A good equivalent expression is “OK,” “I got it” or “De acuerdo” in Spanish. Source: http://www.speakinglatino.com/3-meanings-and-usages-of-mexican-expression-orale/
  7. 7. EXAMPLE #3: To indicate discomfort or surprise. A surprise expression in Spanish can be similar to “¡Genial!” or “¡Tremendo!” Source: http://www.speakinglatino.com/3-meanings-and-usages-of-mexican-expression-orale/
  8. 8. 1. Mexican Spanish slang bilingual dictionary • Quick Guide to Mexican Spanish • Quick Guide to More Mexican Spanish 2. Mexican Spanish Resource Page • http://www.speakinglatino.com/learn-mexican-spanish-slang/ 3. Free handout: Mexican Common Spanish Phrases & Expressions • http://www.speakinglatino.com/mexican-spanish-bonus/ Mexican Spanish Resources
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