CA Spanish

List of some words of guatemalan spanish (to be continued)

  • Chapin, Chapina / Guatemalan
  • Don or Dona / Sir or madam (most used among conservative people)
  • Indigena / Maya / Naturales = the natives
  • Ladinos / people of mixed origen (mostly spanish – indian)
  • Chirmol -/ tomato sauce with herbs (comes with all traditionel breakfasts)
  • Atol / turbid hot drink, salty or sweet against hunger. Made from corn, oats, rice, Incaperina or fruits (banano)
  • Frijoles volteados / Hash brown, mashed and fried black beans
  • Tortillas / from cooked corn. Always without salt. If yellow, they were cooked with lime, to reduce the cooking time. If grey, they were made from black corn.
  • Tortillas de Fabrica / Tortillas from the supermarket (thinner than the house made ones)
  • Platanos / plantain
  • Patojo, Patoja = boy or girl
  • chish pisto/ means: do not worry about the money
  • Xela / Xelahu = short for Quetzaltenango
  • Chima / short for Chimaltenango
  • Guate = short for Guatemala-City
  • cuate / pal
  • Patzi / short for Patzicia
  • Momos = Momostenango
  • Barbe = short for the city of Barberena
  • Bus de parilla/ Camioneta, chicken bus with porter on the rooftop
  • Coche / means pig not car as in spain
  • Camioneta, bus de parilla / Bus (Chickenbus)
  • Fijese, Fijate / means LISTEN (literally “hold on tight”)
  • Corrense / Run, said by the bus drivers assistants to tell you, you have to crowd!
  • casaca = lie
  • Talishte / flexible, resistant , with reference to persons = somebody who can cope with trouble
  • canche / people with blond or brown hair
  • quemarse / betray oneself
  • colgarse / to fall in love
  • fufurufo = elegant to the point of arrogance
  • shute or xute = means nosy
  • FORBIDDEN (but often used) SPANISH WORDS:
  • ¬†cerrote = means turd and is as heavy as motherf*****
  • pendejo = Idiot, dumbass
  • hijo de puta = son of a bitch
  • culo = ass, is a very bad word in centralamerica
  • bobo = fool