¿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.
El que va a la villa, pierda la silla
LITERAL MEANING: He who goes to the village loses his seat.
ACTUAL MEANING: You stand, you lose.
Zapatero a tus zapatos
LITERAL MEANING: Shoemaker to your shoes.
ACTUAL MEANING: Stick with what you know.
Colgar los tenis
LITERAL MEANING: To hang up the runners.
ACTUAL MEANING: To die.
Hacerse de la vista gorda
LITERAL MEANING: Take the fat view.
ACTUAL MEANING: To look the other way.
Meter la cuchara
LITERAL MEANING: To insert the spoon.
ACTUAL MEANING: To butt in to a conversation.