The Language in Action

Here are some more fun instances of the paisa dialect in action:

Check out the video below! Notice how the “Y” sound (“LL”) changes to a “J” sound in the paisa dialect:

Want to hear some unique paisa sayings? Take a look at the video below, where native speakers share some of their favorite phrases:

In 2019, Colombian-Ecuadorian director Alejandro Landes created the film “Monos,” telling the story of military youth in Colombia. The term “mono” in Medellín is synonymous with “amigo” or “parcero” (meaning “friend”). Check out the following scenes to hear the dialect in action:

Notice how the children address each other and the nicknames (“apodos”) they use when interacting.
Take note of the group affiliation in the above clip. Being a “mono” provides a sense of identity and belonging.

Listen to the songs below to hear a few unique characteristics of the paisa dialect:

Notice how Kali Uchis pronounces the “s” as a “sh” and the “y” as a “j”
Listen to the pronunciation of “la luz” in this song
See if you can pick out the use of the diminutive throughout this song


Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Like most stadiums, Atanasio Girardot is regularly used for two kinds of mass celebrations: sports and music. As you can tell from this aerial photo, it is also used on a daily basis for a wide variety of other kinds of recreational athletic activity. There are several swimming pools, baseball fields, soccer fields, indoor volleyball and basketball courts, and is home to active tennis leagues for all ages. Most of the facilities of this sprawling complex of sports are available at low or no cost through INDER, Medellin’s municipal sports and recreation department (that in reality, does so much more).

We’ll start from these three dimensions of life that happen in and around the stadium itself to show how music, sports, and a recreation department with a broad vision of what it means to provide city people with places to play do for a city.

Like most large South American cities, Medellín is home to two major football (soccer) teams, perennial bitter rivals, and most residents of the city are ardent fans of either Atletico Nacional (green) or Independiente Medellin (red). Also similar to most cities with rival soccer teams, one is associated with the middle class and up (red), the other with working people (green.) When the teams play each other at Atanasio Girardot Stadium, traffic backs up for hours and the cars can be heard honking after every GOOOOOOOOOOOL.

One of Medellin’s most famous soccer stories came by way of a hero named Escobar. A world-class athlete who died tragically but left a legacy not far from Atanasio Girardot Stadium.

The sounds of soccer games are almost quiet compared to the carrying power of open-air concerts in the stadium, especially when they feature hometown heroes like Maluma