Guatemalan Spanish feature #1

Guatemalan Spanish is filled with interesting, at least according to me, features. I’ll be trying to cover some features in this blog whenever I’m bored and have nothing else to do. I hope some people will find them interesting.

Feature #1: The word bien

Now, you’re probably thinking: Bien? Isn’t that word part of every Spanish dialect out there? Well, yeah, but in Guatemalan Spanish, this simple little word has an extra use. It can be used to answer negative questions in a positive manner, i.e. indicating the contrary of the question asked. Analogous to the German doch and the Norwegian jo.

Note: Just like these other words in other languages, it doesn’t necessarily have to be an answer to a question.


-¿Ayer no fuiste a la fiesta?
-Bien, pero llegué tarde.

-Eso no tiene ningún sentido…
-¡Bien! (Sí lo tiene)

I’ve yet to find another Spanish dialect that features this, though to be honest I haven’t tried to hard to find one. It probably is pretty unique, anyway!

First post!

It’s been a while since I’ve used ruby, so it took a bit to tweaking around to get it working (since most distros aren’t great at giving you a recent version). Jekyll has been kinda wonderful so far. I had only used it once before this time, and I wasn’t really familiar with it, and I guess I still aren’t, I just set up some posts and that was it.

First thing I’ll do is probably post something I had written before somewhere else, move it here, and that will probably be my first actual post.

This blog might actually make me want to start doing some other cool stuff with a domain I share with a friend… we’ll see how it goes.

Blog will most likely be about stuff I do during the day/week, depending on how often I update it, and the things I’ll be doing most likely will have to do computer science, linguistics, compling, bodyweight fitness, tetris …and that’s about it.

Check out the my Github page for more info on what I’ve done and what I like to do. I’d share some other accounts, but I don’t think it’d be worth and I’m not that comfortable with it either.