¿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 entre la miel anda algo se le pega
LITERAL MEANING: Something sticks to those who walk in honey.
ACTUAL MEANING: People take on the habits of those around them.

Lo que de noche se hace, de día aparece
LITERAL MEANING: What is done in the night appears in the day.
ACTUAL MEANING:
Secret deeds always come to light.

Llevar bien puestos los pantalones
LITERAL MEANING: To have the pants firmly in place.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To be in charge.

Aplanar calles
LITERAL MEANING:
To flatten streets.
ACTUAL MEANING: To weander aimlessly.

Estar como los ocho cuartos
LITERAL MEANING: To be like the eight quarters.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be very angry.

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