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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.

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.

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