“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month we’re looking at funny expressions.
A la fuerza, ni la comida es buena
LITERAL MEANING: Forced, not even food is good.
ACTUAL MEANING: Don’t get pressured into doing things.
A la ley de Cristo (cada quien con su pisto)
LITERAL MEANING: The law of Christ (each with their own money).
ACTUAL MEANING: For each person to pay their share.
A la madrugada, Dios ayuda
LITERAL MEANING: In the early morning, God helps.
ACTUAL MEANING: Getting up early leads to success.
A cada coche se le llega su sábado
LITERAL MEANING: To each pig arrives their Saturday.
ACTUAL MEANING: You get what you deserve.
El pez por su boca muere
LITERAL MEANING: The fish dies by its mouth.
ACTUAL MEANING: To say something you shouldn’t.