¿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.

Dejar con los colochos hechos
LITERAL MEANING: To leave with the curly-haired people
ACTUAL MEANING: To stand someone up

Echar chispas
LITERAL MEANING: To give off sparks
ACTUAL MEANING: To be pissed off

Sacar las uñas
LITERAL MEANING: To take out one’ s fingernails
ACTUAL MEANING: To show one’ s true colors

Ser como los de Cobán, quein solo comen y se van
LITERAL MEANING: To eat and run
ACTUAL MEANING: To be like the people from Coban, who only eat and go

Comerse el mandato
LITERAL MEANING: To eat the order
ACTUAL MEANING: To have premarital sex

Ser muy viernes
LITERAL MEANING: To be very Friday
ACTUAL MEANING: To be really old

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