¿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.

Quemar el rancho
LITERAL MEANING: To burn the ranch.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To cheat on your lover.

¿Qué mosca te picó?
LITERAL MEANING: Which fly bit you?
ACTUAL MEANING:
What’s wrong with you?

Sacar las palabras con cuchara
LITERAL MEANING: To extract the words with a spoon.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To drag information out of someone.

Ser como los de Coban, que sólo comen y se van
LITERAL MEANING:
To be like those from Coban, who only eat and go.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To eat and run.

Ser de la vida alegre
LITERAL MEANING:
To be in the happy life.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To be a prostitute

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