¿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.

Es la tos con flema
LITERAL MEANING: It’s the cough with phlegm.
ACTUAL MEANING: It’s awesome.

Ser cabrón para…
LITERAL MEANING: To be an asshole for…
ACTUAL MEANING: To be good at…

Andar de rollo
LITERAL MEANING: To walk from roll.
ACTUAL MEANING: To do nothing.

Cagarse en la olla

LITERAL MEANING: To shit oneself in the pot.
ACTUAL MEANING: To ruin everything.

Me la pela
LITERAL MEANING: It peels me.
ACTUAL MEANING: It doesn’t matter to me.

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