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Guatemalan expressions

This video gives you some background information about Guatemala in relationship to its neighbours. All the expressions you will learn in this video have been recorded by one of our Guatemalan tutors so you can listen to a Guatemalan accent as well. Below is an example of the expressions you will learn about in this lesson:

A la ley de Cristo cada quien con su pisto.

'Pisto' is a colloquial way of saying 'money'.

We use this expression when people go out in a group to a restaurant or café but each person pays a part of the check.


Jorge: Hey chicos ¿qué les parece si vamos a comer a Pollo Campero?

Pablo: Hmmm... ¡Qué delicioso!!! ¡Si, vamos!!!

Martha: ¡Uy!! Sí, yo tengo ganas de comer medallones de pollo.

Jorge: Ok, vamos pero a la ley de Cristo, cada quien con su pisto.

'Pollo Campero' is a restaurant in Guatemala. It is very famous as it is a popular chain of restaurants in Central America and other countries like Spain, Indonesia, China and United States.

Common colloquial expressions in Guatemala - video by 121 Spanish

Guatemala is located in Central America, and it is bordered by Mexico, Belize, the Caribbean, Honduras and El Salvador. The capital is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.

The Mayans also lived in this territory, and you can visit many archaeological sites to see the ruins of the Mayan Civilization. Landscapes are varied.... forests, oceans, rivers, lakes....

The Guatemalan population is divided in two big parts. Ladinos (or Mestizos = a mixture between races, specially between a European and an Amerindian) and Criollos (European descendants) who are 60% of the population, and Amerindians (which are more than a 40% of the population). Antigua Guatemala is a beutiful city to visit, located in the central highlands of Guatemala and famous for its Spanish and Baroque architecture. It has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.