Spanish Pig Latin: Idioma Efe
In English, we have a few gibberish languages. The most popular is, “Pig Latin”, which is an alternate way of speaking English in “code”, usually for fun, or to make it harder for others to understand. While there are variations, the biggest rule of “Pig Latin” is that you move the initial consonant sound to the end of the word and affiix an “ay”, (Pronounced like the first letter of the English alphabet.)
“Ide-hay e-thay ookies-cay. E-thay ids-kay are-ay oming-cay!”
Which means, “Hide the cookies! The kids are coming!” (See, I gave you a very useful phrase.)
Well, English isn’t the only language with a gibberish version. French, Hebrew, German, Swedish, Italian and Spanish are just a handful of the languages that have something similar to “Pig Latin”.
In Mexico and Central America, “Idioma F”, “Idioma Efe”, “Lengua F”, and “Lengua Efe”, (which all basically mean “F Language”), or simply “Efe”, is their version of “Pig Latin”. The rules are as follows:
• First, divide the syllables of the word.
• Second, to each syllable, take off the consonant and replace it with “F”.
• Third, put the original consonant back where they belong.
For example, the word, “Hola”:
Break into syllables: Ho – la
Replace consonants with “F”: Fo – fa
Then put the original syllables back where they belong.
Combined, you have the result: Hofolafa
Still confused? Me, too. Don’t worry about it. Here’s a song sung half in Spanish, half in Efe, by Chicano rappers, “Akwid”. The song is called “Sifi Ofo Nofo”, which means “Si o No”.
(Warning: Very explicit lyrics.)