¿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.

Estar chucho por…
LITERAL MEANING: To be puppy for…
ACTUAL MEANING: To really like…

Estar pilas para…
LITERAL MEANING: To be batteries for…
ACTUAL MEANING: To be good at…

Vos sos pura lata
LITERAL MEANING: You are pure can
ACTUAL MEANING: You’re an ass

Ser codo
LITERAL MEANING: To be elbow.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be stingy.

No te hagas!
LITERAL MEANING: Don’t do yourself!
ACTUAL MEANING: Don’t bullshit me!

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