guatemalan slang terms


This is how Guatemalan’s refer to a friend. It’s used very casually, and if you’re social during your stay, you’ll make a few “cuates” yourself.

For example:

Voy al cine con mis cuates. — I am going to the cinema with my friends.


Yes (sí). Despite being longer than the word it signifies, this is the common way to say yes, or to agree with something, in Guatemala.

For example:

¿Estás bien? ¡Simón! — Are you okay? Yes!


This is the common slang term for money, particularly cash. You’ll need some “pisto” for beer, food, or to get into the museum.

For example:

¿Traes pisto para el taxi? — Do you have cash for the taxi?

Dos que tres

More or less.

For example:

¿Estuvo buena la fiesta? ¡Dos que tres! — Was the party any good? More or less!


Be careful, when advising someone or giving advice.

For example:

Aguas con el perro. — Beware of the dog.

slang terms from cuba

Chapino, chapina, or chapines

People from Guatemala called themselves chapines.

For example:

Los chapines son muy gentiles. — Guatemalan are gentle people.

A huevos

This one doesn’t mean “to eggs” as it might first imple. Instead, it’s “of course” or “exactly”.

For example:

¿Vamos al a fiesta esta noche? ¡A huevos! — Shall we go to the party tonight? Of course!


Goodbye, used casually in conversation with someone you know or work with.

For example:

Orale, María. — Bye, María.


Bus, a common form of transport here and a term that many locals will use with a sarcastic dose of disdain.

For example:

Agarra la burra para llegar a casa de tu tío. — Take the bus to get to your uncle’s house.


Snacks or nibbles served before lunch or dinner.

For example:

Tenemos servicio de boquitas y banquetes. — We have snacks and catering service.

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