¿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’s topic: cyber Spanish by James Gray.

You know you’re fluent in Spanish when you can chat, SMS or e-mail using the fewest words or letters. Here are some tips to whipping off an e-communication that is dressed to impress.

Play with numbers and symbols

5000 = 5k 

a2 = adios 

además = ade+ 

saludos = sa2

siempre = 100pre

Rule: use “k” in place of “ca”

casa = ksa 

cada = kda

Leave off the vowel “e” after the letters because saying the name of the letter makes the same sound: be/bi = b, ce = c, de = d, ge = g, me = de, se = c, t = te
bebe = bb beber = bbr beso = b, bso bastante = bstnt bien = bn
decir = dcir de donde = d dnd escribeme = escribm fuerte = frt
gente = gnt te veo = tbo yo sé = yc

The “cu” in question words is replaced with the letter “q”
cuál = qal cuando = qndo cuanto = qnto

On words beginning with “es”, drop the first “e”
estar = star este = st éstres = s3

For the word “que” just write the letter “q” or “ke”
¿Que haces? = q acs? or ke acs?

Write the word “por” using the letter “x” – it works because you use the word “por” or the letter “x” in multiplication (e.g. 7 por 7 = 49)
por favor = x fa, pls (like in English) porque = xq or xke

Other miscellaneous examples
¿Quieres ir? = qirsir

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