Since 1985

Spanish School Blog

The 'Fijese que ...' expression in Spanish Language

If you are planning on visiting Antigua Guatemala to learn Spanish, then you should know that there is a very much used expression you will hear guaranteed (at least once) if you stay for a little while, and this is ‘fijese que…’.

The ‘fijese que’ expression literally a ‘notice’, it has different meanings depending on the situation; and it is commonly used here in Guatemala when you will hear bad news or some sort of negative answer on something you are waiting or requesting for there are exceptions of course.

To understand clearly, ‘Fijese que…’ is an excuse or pretext for not doing something that you are waiting for, and followed by an explanation.

Another common use for this is to tell a story… perhaps a gossip, or when someone what to exaggerate something.

To illustrate how this expression is used, will share a few examples below:

1.- If you visit a traditional candy store in Antigua, you wish to taste the popular ‘canillitas de leche’ but you do not see it at the counter ... then ask the atten for it. She or he might look if there is any to then return and say ‘Fijese que… we are all out of canillitas right now’.
So you would expect that a candy store would have such popular candies, but there is none.

2.- If you are visiting an office or a business place to look for some sort of service, and they tell you ‘Fijese que… we have no system and our computers are not working, we can't help you right now’... 

3.- If you go to a store, and ask for a tool (for instance), they could say ‘Fijese que… we don't have that, but you could consider taking this other one with you’. 

4.- Let's pretend that you are looking to find your way to the local market to buy fresh vegetables, and ask someone about it… they could say ‘Fijese que… there is a popular vegetable store on the east side of the market to find organic vegetables at very low prices’.

You could translate it like ‘Well, you see..’ or ‘So, you see…’ in English.  

So…. ‘Fijese que… this article includes a few examples of many many ways to use and apply this popular expression. When visiting Antigua Guatemala, try to pay attention to how this is used and try to use it yourself. ‘Fijese que … it is fun !

Latest Posts

  • Anniversary 33 Years
    - Dec 12, 2018

    We are proud to say that we have been teaching Spanish language in Antigua Guatemala for over 33 years, working hard and with dedication, striving every day to improve our work.

  • Traditional Christmas Guatemalan Tamales ( recipe )
    - Dec 10, 2018

    Like the traditional Guatemalan tamales, the Guatemalan Christmas Tamales are an essential dish on the table for Christmas Dinner in Guatemala, a culinary gift to share with family and loved ones.

  • Las Posadas - Christmas Tradition Antigua Guatemala
    - Dec 03, 2018

    The Christmas Posadas tradition (Las Posadas de Navidad) in Antigua Guatemala is another strong tradition in Guatemalan culture and it is part of the end of the year holiday celebrations. Las Posadas begin on December 16th ton end on December 24th (nine nights before Christmas).

Go to Blog Mainpage


  • December 2018 (3)
  • November 2018 (6)
  • October 2018 (5)
  • September 2018 (5)
  • August 2018 (4)
  • July 2018 (6)
  • June 2018 (4)
  • May 2018 (4)
  • April 2018 (5)
  • March 2018 (5)

  • Tags

  • guatemala culture (33)
  • antigua guatemala (26)
  • guatemala (13)
  • learn spanish (10)
  • guatemala arts (5)
  • cuisine (4)
  • places to visit (3)
  • recipe (3)
  • ruins (2)
  • maya (2)
  • Spanish Online

    We are happy to announce our spanish clases online through Skype. If you are not coming to Antigua Guatemala, or wish to get started. Please let us know.

    Get in touch

    1a Calle poniente # 10 Antigua Guatemala GT 03000

    Have a question? Contact Us


    Join in with us to the experience of cultural and language growth.

    Newsletter Subscription