So here’s how you should talk about it: No doubt you’ve heard the word “conquistar” in the context of the Spanish “conquistadores” who invaded Latin America several hundred years ago.

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.

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Weirdly, Colombians use the terms for “little mum” and “little dad” as slang for an attractive woman or man.

This is by no means universal: others find it patronising and lacking class. Perhaps it’s like describing a man as “handsome” or “good looking” as opposed to “hot” or “sexy”.

Unsurprisingly, guys would again be thrilled to be called a ”papasito”. Even straight Colombian men can be heard using this phrase to (begrudgingly) admit that one of their male friends is good looking.On reflection, that might be an overly romantic description for a term which is mainly used by guys talking about “conquering” somebody for one night.Rarely is it used to discuss them winning over the love of their life. “throwing the dogs”) is a very common expression meaning “to come on to someone” or “to try it on with someone”. Literally meaning “to throw oneself”, this is a wonderfully visual expression meaning “to make a move on someone” e.g.A highly popular, if rude, way to describe amazing looking girls. A slightly less popular slang term for an attractive person, which can be used for both men and women.Given that “chimba” is also a slang word for the female genitalia, it is obviously not the most romantic description, but it is widely used nonetheless. More literally, a “bollo” is a foodstuff, a sort of bun made from yucca, potato or corn.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.