Word Wednesday: Chancleta

Posted on 11/12/2013


Today’s Colombian Spanish word I want to share with you is “chancleta.” Chancleta means “flip-flop” or “sandal” and is a very common word in Colombia, especially on the coast where chancletas are used every day. Very similar to chancleta is the word “chancla,” which is a shorter word that means the same thing.

Even so, while these two words are VERY Colombian, you may hear them in other Spanish-speaking countries– maybe chancla more than chancleta. In fact, there has even been a YouTube video made about the “Legend of the Chancla,” as many Hispanic moms are famous for using these shoes to mantain order with their children! I’ve included this video for you below:

Happy Wednesday,