¿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.

Caer como la patada
LITERAL MEANING: To fall like the kicking.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be extremely unpleasant.

A caer penca
LITERAL MEANING: To fall like a leaf.
ACTUAL MEANING: To lose by a large margin.

Como la gran flauta
LITERAL MEANING: Like the big flute.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be very angry.

Costar un bigote
LITERAL MEANING: To cost a moustache.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be very difficult.

Creerse la mamá de Tarzan
LITERAL MEANING: To believe yourself to be the mother of Tarzan.
ACTUAL MEANING: To think that you’re very important.

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