¿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.

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

Sudar la gota gorda
LITERAL MEANING: To sweat the fat drop.
ACTUAL MEANING: To panic.

Tener cuello
LITERAL MEANING: To have neck.
ACTUAL MEANING: To have influence with people in power.

Tener la cantina abierta
LITERAL MEANING: To have the bar open.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To have your zipper undone.

Cuando eras huevo, yo ya volaba
LITERAL MEANING: When you were an egg I was flying.
ACTUAL MEANING:
You’re less experienced than me.

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