URUGUAYANS HAVE A VASTLY DIFFERENT SPANISH from the Spanish used in other Latin American countries or in Spain. Uruguayan-isms can be hard to understand to the untrained ear. As a half-Uruguayan, half-American living in Madrid, Spain, I was often questioned and made fun of for using Uruguayan idioms. Spanish waitresses refused to give me change when I asked for plata. They laughed and said “Why not ask for gold?”
Read on for the most useful, awesome, Uruguayan phrases. For even more inspiration check out the Twitter feed dedicated to Uruguayan idioms, Uruguayismos.