*saber: Spanish word meaning to know pronounced sah-bear. This word is commonly used in Guatemala pronounced “saaaah-bear” meaning “who knows?” The longer you hold the sah, the more clueless you are about the topic at hand.
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Tagged as Guatemaltequismos, saber
Your definition and commentary are spot on! I was born in Guatemala and lived there until I was 9. Then my parents and I moved to the US. I went back to my extended family’s home every summer until I started college and then it wasn’t financially feasible any more. I’ve been back since and love our idiosyncratic way of speaking.
I am glad you think so I am slowly picking up all of these phrases and I think that saber is one of my favorite!
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