Priya Larson returns to our blog with more of what she’s discovered while in Guatemala!
Things Guatemalans say and wear (that weren´t in Spanish class):
“Fíjese que…” – They use this a lot. It sort of means ¨note that,¨ and you can conjugate it in all forms (Fíjate, fíjense).
“No tenga pena” – A new way for me to say “don’t worry”
“Feliz día” (or tarde, or noche) – Happy day! (afternoon, night)
“Nos vemos” – ¨See you later,¨ rather than “hasta luego”
“Como te (le) fue?” – Just a new way (for me) of saying “how’s it going with you?”
After a meal, you say “gracias” and everyone else says “buen provecho” – Kind of like bon apetit, but after the meal!
Usted (the respectful way to refer to you) – They more often use it instead of tú, the less formal word for “you”
“Pase adelante” – Come in (and look at my products! (at the market))
Women’s traje (outfits) of the Maya peoples
- Huipil (blouse with a pattern unique to its area of Guatemala – Check out WK’s Traje Tuesday on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about this!)
- Corte (a long piece of cloth wrapped around to form a skirt)
- Faja (a belt without a clasp to hold the other two together, just tucked in and cinched)
- Delantal – a frilly yet functional apron over the skirt – very beautiful!
The rare traditional men’s trajes I’ve seen have:
- Patterned pants
- A shorter skirt or cloth
- A colorful ¨cowboy¨ style shirt
- Of course, a sombrero.