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¿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.

No tener ni conciencia buena
LITERAL MEANING: To not have even a good conscience.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To be completely without money.

No tener pelos en la lengua
LITERAL MEANING: To not have hairs on the tongue.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To speak one’s mind.

Pagar el pato
LITERAL MEANING: To pay the duck.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To pay for someone else’s mistake.

Pan comido
LITERAL MEANING: Eaten bread.
ACTUAL MEANING:
Easily done.

Ponerse las pilas
LITERAL MEANING: To put in the batteries.
ACTUAL MEANING: To get motivated.

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