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What people say and what they really mean in Guatemala

What people say and what they really mean in Guatemala

The meaning of what people in Guatemala say is often not straightforward. Public opinion is that the truth can be bent at least a little.

Though the following points do not apply to all Guatemalans (and most certainly not to us in OM), they are actually used by a large enough percentage to take them seriously (which means to not take them too seriously).

Here are ten things that people in Guatemala say - and also what they’re actually saying:

  • What they say: Yes
  • What they mean: Yes or maybe or no
     
  • What they say: I'll be there in a moment
  • What they mean: I'll be there in 30 to 60 minutes
     
  • What they say: I am here
  • What they mean: I am in a two kilometer radius of you
     
  • What they say: How are you?
  • What they mean: I don't really care, I am just polite
     
  • What they say: God bless you
  • What they mean: I simply have to end my conversation like that but, yes, God bless you
     
  • What they say: You are my friend
  • What they mean: I like you, but never ask me for a big favour
     
  • What they say: Brother / Sister
  • What they mean: We go to the same church, and I forgot your name
     
  • What they say: I promise
  • What they mean: I promise I will think about meeting that promise but probably can't
     
  • What they say: Can I help you?
  • What they mean: I will tell you later how much my help costs
     
  • What they say: I am a Christian
  • What they mean: It is popular to be a Christian, but rules like not stealing or not lying are more like suggestions to me
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