How to Speak Like a Mexican: Engentarse

When I first came to Mexico, I had a hard time expressing myself 100%. I always wished I could speak English, which gave me more opportunities to use more colorful expressions.

After a few years in Mexico, however, I’ve become familiar with using many of the local idioms and expressions used here, which allows me to express myself sometimes even better than an English!

One of my favorites is “engentarse”. (You probably won’t find this in a dictionary.)

When conjugated to “Me engento”, it roughly translates to “being in a crowd of people really puts me in a bad mood”.

It comes from the word “gente”, which means “people”.

I use this one a lot. It’s the main reason I avoid concerts and why I always want to leave nightclubs early.

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s going grocery shopping. I don’t mind making my list, picking things out, pushing the cart around, or waiting in line. What really bothers me is the massive amount of people, and weaving my way through masses of shopping carts. I will do everything I can to get out of Walmart as quickly as possible.

I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to Jorge for being mean at Walmart last night… and pretty much every time we go grocery shopping. Jorge, you should be able to buy oranges, a chocolate bar and even hot dogs without me rolling my eyes. Thanks for loving me anyway.

Me engento.

My Walmart face.

16 thoughts on “How to Speak Like a Mexican: Engentarse

  1. Huh! I’ve never heard this before, but how perfect. I always felt like “guacala” helped me express myself better than I could in English…haha.

    • I’m not a fan of grocery shopping there either. We used to go to another grocery store, but for some reason they stopped accepting my grocery card from work a few months ago.

  2. awesome! Be glad you weren’t here last weekend – when news broke about the blizzard coming on Saturday – EVERY.ONE. rushed to the grocery stores to ‘stock up’ on supplies.. you know, cause life ends with a little bit of snow! ugh. I feel your pain lady… deeply.

  3. I have been wanting to comment on this post for two days now… I love this word! I was in walmart the day you posted this and I kept thinking about that picture you posted and that’s exactly how I felt!

  4. I LOVE when you do these kinds of posts. This one is a funny one. I have a love -hate with crowded places. I love the thrill and charged energy of them but obviously hate lines and navigation.

    As for rolling your eyes at Jorge- that had me in a laugh. I suppose couple always have those loving irks. πŸ˜‰

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