Odd Spanish Expressions: Ser la leche

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It seems like the Spaniards feel pretty passionate about their milk. There is already a way to swear in spanish that involves taking a shit in some milk, but in this expression, milk can be a positive thing! To say that something es la leche could mean two different things: either it’s really good or really bad. That may seem confusing at first, but there are actually similar expressions in English. For example, when you say something is “sick” or “gnarly”, you are either saying it’s awesome or just plain disgusting. So in the end, it really just depends on your tone of voice or the subject you’re talking about.

For example:

Esa peli es la leche. (That movie is awesome, That movie sucks)

Siempre tengo tarea en esa clase, es la leche. (I always have homework in that class, it sucks)

Que tal el concierto?…Fue la leche, tio. (How was the concert?… It was awesome, dude)


– Justina

Leah has been living in and exploring Madrid since 2013 when she moved to the city for a simple summer abroad. After falling in love with Madrid, she started the Citylife Blog in 2014 with the goal to share everything there is to know about her favourite place on earth! In her spare time you will find Leah at some of Madrid's many museums and cultural exhibitions.

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