¿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.

Tú crees que es solo de soplar y hacer botellas
LITERAL MEANING: You think you can make bottles just by blowing.
ACTUAL MEANING: You think that by just talking you’ll get things done.

Te voy a poner el dedo
LITERAL MEANING: I’m going to put the finger on you.
ACTUAL MEANING: I’m going to turn you in (to the authorities).

Es solo hacerlo y escupir en la calle
LITERAL MEANING: You just do it and spit in the street.
ACTUAL MEANING: Once it’s done, it’s done.

Eso lo hago con la punta del chile
LITERAL MEANING: I can do that with the point of a chile.
ACTUAL MEANING: That’s easy.

Eres pura lata
LITERAL MEANING: You’re pure tin.
ACTUAL MEANING: You’re a pain in the ass.

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