Guatemalan Spanish: Speak like a Native!

Think you know Spanish? Think again! The moment you land in Guatemala you will be bombarded by local words, phrases, and sayings that will leave your head spinning. Come with us and discover what they are really saying. ¡Calidá!

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Start speaking like the natives

Greetings

¿Qué honda, vos?

To ask a Guatemalan how he's doing in an informal setting, just say: ¿QUÉ HONDA VOS? This means: Hey, how's it going? Or maybe even more like: WHASSSSUP?

Compliments

¡Qué chilera tu chumpa!

For the locals, a CHUMPA is a jacket. And CHILERO means beautiful. When you are happy about something, just give a hearty: ¡QUÉ CHILERO! It's like saying: Great! Wonderful!

Local sayings

¡Muchá!

Need to get someone's attention? Just say this. It means: Hey, guys! Maybe you can get them to HACERTE LA CAMPAÑA, which means, to do you a favor.

What they are saying

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