Interestingly, in Spanish a “friki” can be anyone with an obsessive approach to a certain issue or subject (Am I right?). I often hear the word “friki” used in my classes and most Spanish people think that I should know what it means because I am English!
It is true that the word does have a connection with the word “freak” in English but a “friki” and a “freak” are not the same thing. A “freak” in English in someone who looks physically strange which is different to a “friki” in Spanish.
So now you are thinking: “So, how do you say “friki” in English? Well, that is an interesting question because the “friki” people we have in the UK are mostly connected with computing so our words to describe these types of people are connected to that context. They are: “nerd” or “geek”
I hope that helps!
Soy el director de Daniel Smith + Partners. Tengo más de 10 años de experiencia enseñando inglés a españoles.