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¿Qué Onda Vos? Speaking Guatemalan Spanish

So you’ve been to your Spanish classes and you know your subjunctive from your preterit. But next time you’re at the cantina you may notice that it is all USELESS. You’re drowning in a sea of slang and sayings. Someone calls you a huevón - do you buy them a drink or smack them in the face?

Relax. Here at XelaWho we’ve teamed up with the esteemed Juan Carlos Martínez, author of the most excellent ¿Qué onda vos? (i.e. What’s Up, Dude?), the definitive guide to Guatemalan slang and sayings. These handy little excerpts will help you fit in, stand out and generally make your vocabulary more…colorful.

Si and No

(published October 2010)

Just when you thought you had the basics down…

The vos command form

(published March 2010)

James Gray gets imperative, in a relaxed kind of way.

(published February 2010)

James Gray tries to get his head around the rather informal 2nd person presonal pronoun.

Bug Slang

(published January 2010)

James Gray checks out the creepy crawlies of the Guatemalan language.

Bajando Into Insanity

(published December 2009)

Steve Mullaney takes a stroll through the streets, where up is down and down is up. We’re down with that.

(published November 2009)

James Gray hears some stuff that really can’t be argued with.

(published October 2009)

James Gray is never… er… lost for words.

(published September 2009)

And you thought there was none. By James Gray.

(published August 2009)

James Gray maintains XelaWho standards.

(published July 2009)

James Gray drops his vowels, adds some numbers, does something weird with Q and still gets his msj across.

James Gray forsakes Spanish classes for sitting around chewing the fat with his girlfriend.

(published February 2009)

James Gray knows you want it.

(published January 2009)

Eggs. Not only are they an integral part of breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they also make for some great slang.

(published December 2008)

Thought you knew what it meant, huh?

(published November 2008)

We thought we’d throw this one out there (nyuk, nyuk).

(published August 2008)

Our guide to this and other indispensible local expressions.

(published May 2008)

Absolutely required reading before a night in a cantina.

(published February 2008)

Be prepared - the situation may well arise.

Funny Expressions

(published January 2008)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published December 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published November 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published July 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published June 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published May 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published April 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published March 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published February 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published January 2007)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published December 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published November 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published October 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published September 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published August 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published July 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published June 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published May 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published April 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published March 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published February 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published January 2006)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published December 2005)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published November 2005)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.

Funny Expressions

(published October 2005)

Every language has them. Guatemalans have loads.