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    Default Heard a phrase and cannot translate

    I heard one of our mexican guys at work say "Chansa que si"
    I was thinking this meant "There is a chance"
    But Chansa means joke I think.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Hello daniels012,

    "Chanza que sÝ", "chance y sÝ", "chance...", etc. are expressions that we use in Mexico to mean maybe. (Or like you said, there is a chance.)

    A joke is a broma or a chiste, not a "chanza" (at least as far as I know).

    To play a joke = Jugar una broma
    To tell a joke = Contar un chiste

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    Xˇchitl
    Last edited by Xˇchitl L.; 09-18-2011 at 07:50 PM.

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    Hey Daniel! Beware that Xˇchitl used a z for your s (chanza). I seem to be listening to that nice musical tone that Mexicans use for their idioms! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gentle View Post
    I seem to be listening to that nice musical tone that Mexicans use for their idioms! ;-)
    Oh, yeah baby!! Mexicans are very musical. At least I am.

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