Five Panamanian Spanish Phrases for Party Animals

Want to be the life of the party? Then check out these five Panamanian Spanish party terms.

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šŸ„³ READY for a party? Who isnā€™t? Then letā€™s get festive with five Panamanian Spanish phrases and other terms that will break the ice and have you speaking like a native.

1. Eres como culei

This literally means: You are like Kool-Aid. Kool-Aid? Yes, some years back this just-add-water drink used to be the beverage of choice at most social gatherings, thanks to its bargain basement price. So if you were like Kool-Aid, that meant that you were a social butterfly.

āš½ Ese buay es como culei. EstĆ” en esta fiesta tambiĆ©n.
šŸˆ That boy is a social butterfly. I canā€™t believe heā€™s at this party too!

Iā€™ll drink to that.

2. Eres como carne en palito

Word for word this phrase means: You are like meat on a stick. At Panamanian gatherings, typical shish kebabs are standard fare. Once again, just like Kool-Aid above, it became synonymous with the party animal.

āš½ Esa man es carne en palito.Ā No se pierde ni una.
šŸˆ That girl is a party animal. Sheā€™s at all of them.

Mmmmā€¦ Iā€™m sorry. Iā€™m suddenly feeling very hungry. Could you pass theā€¦?

3. arranque

In Spanish motor de arranque is the term for a starter, like the one in your car. But for Panamanians it is the start of something far more exciting: a party.

āš½ El gobierno se va de arranque la Ćŗltima semana de diciembre.
šŸˆ The governmentā€™s going to party the last week in December.

4. arrepinchoso

Are you the life of the party? Then, this is your word. One man tweeted:

āš½ Realmente el panameƱo es arrepinchoso. No hay lluvia que lo detenga para cualquier evento.
šŸˆ Panamanians are such party animals that not even rain can keep them from showing up at an event.ā€

5. rumbero

Locally, a party is known as a rumba. If, then,Ā you are a rumbero, youā€™re a partier.Ā One man posted:

āš½ No soy rumbero, pero la soledad me obliga.
šŸˆ Iā€™m not a partier, but loneliness compels me.

Another man wrote:

āš½ Algunas personas tienen un rumbero interior por descubrir.
šŸˆ Inside some of us thereā€™s a party animal waiting to get out.

Learn more Panamanian Spanish

So live a little. Let that party animal escape once again ā€”Panamanian style. Want to learn more? Then check outĀ 20 Ways to Speak PanamanianĀ Spanish.


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