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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 ser chicha ni limonada
LITERAL MEANING: To be neither corn liquor nor lemonade.
ACTUAL MEANING: To not have a religion.

No tener ni donde caer muerto
LITERAL MEANING: To not even have a place to fall dead.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be broke.

Por si las moscas
LITERAL MEANING: For if there are flies.
ACTUAL MEANING: Just in case.

Taparse con la misma chamarra
LITERAL MEANING: To cover themselves with the same blanket.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be alike.

Tener los ojos secos de no ver a alguien
LITERAL MEANING: To have dry eyes from not seeing someone.
ACTUAL MEANING: To not have seen someone for a long time.

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