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Old February 03, 2019, 11:07 AM
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Besides the well known languages from the pueblos originarios like Kechua and Guarani, we have Mapuzungun, Q'om, Aymará, Mocoví and a dozen more, and lots of vocabulary from those entered the language (pampa, cancha, chacra, ñaupa, yapa, locro, chauchas, guano, garúa, zapallo, pilcha, pucho, poncho

But most of the languages that are natively spoken in Argentina come from the Old World. Maybe 1 in 150 native speaker of Welsh live in Argentina, however there are other languages spoken in large numbers like French, Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Plautdietsch or Yiddish. All dialects in Italy are represented and there are numerous groups who speak Lao, Farsi and many more.

Lots of slang words come from those languages, and English speakers surely (or probably) would understand these very common ones: tuje(s) (the arse, the buttocks, from Yiddish "tuches"), bondi (bus, from English "bond" -financial term-), bacán (rich person, from English "back hands"), chimichurri (from "Jimmy" Curry, official from the 71th Regiment on Foot); or contemporary, like chatear (just last night I heard estandapero -stand up comedian- for the first time).
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