¿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.

El que va a la villa, pierda la silla
LITERAL MEANING: He who goes to the village loses his seat.
ACTUAL MEANING: You stand, you lose.

Zapatero a tus zapatos
LITERAL MEANING: Shoemaker to your shoes.
ACTUAL MEANING: Stick with what you know.

Colgar los tenis
LITERAL MEANING: To hang up the runners.
ACTUAL MEANING: To die.

Hacerse de la vista gorda
LITERAL MEANING: Take the fat view.
ACTUAL MEANING: To look the other way.

Meter la cuchara
LITERAL MEANING: To insert the spoon.
ACTUAL MEANING: To butt in to a conversation.

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