¿Qué Onda Vos? A Series on Speaking Guatemalan Spanish

“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month we’re looking at funny expressions.

Hacerse un queso
LITERAL MEANING: To make a cheese of one’s self.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To dance wildly.

Levantarse con el pie izquierdo
LITERAL MEANING: To get up with the left foot.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To awake in a bad mood.

Mover el esqueleto
LITERAL MEANING: To move the skeleton.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To dance.

No poder ver ni en pintura a alguien
LITERAL MEANING: To be unable to even see a picture of someone.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To hate someone.

No saber ni papa
LITERAL MEANING:
To not know even a potato.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To know nothing about a subject.

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