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A friend of mine from Argentina keeps saying to me "a la orden" and I asked her what it meant and she couldn't explain it. What does it mean? My guess it means okay?

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Yes Masta!, Aye Aye Captain!, Whatever you say! –  dockeryz Apr 22 at 16:36
You speak some German right? It's the same as "jawohl!" –  Jubbat Apr 22 at 19:15
As for German similarities, what came to mind to me was, "In Ordnung!" –  B. Clay Shannon Nov 6 at 19:48

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"A la orden" is a military phrase meaning "At your command", used to express the willing to serve to an official.

From there, the phrase slipped into the non-military language with almost the same meaning: the willing to make something requested by somebody you care about: a boss, a client, a friend or a relative.

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In México means something like "at your service" or "at your command".

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Or "At your orders" / "At your disposal". She can use it when you order him something. –  AlexBcn Apr 21 at 19:13
It's the same meaning in Argentina. The friend is likely quoting some character's phrase, for it is not a commonly used sentence outside perhaps the military. –  Adriano Varoli Piazza Apr 21 at 19:17

In Guatemala is mostly used as a way to thank and denote that the speaker is willing to help either by doing or facilitating something.


Guatemalan Spanish

A: Felicidades por tu nuevo carro!

B: A la orden!


A: Congratulations on your new car!

B: Thanks! Whenever you need it just let me know.

Guatemalan Spanish

A: Este fin de semana me voy a mudar. Me ayudas?

B: A la orden!


A: I'm moving out this weekend. Do you want to help me?

B: Off course! || Sure thing! || Definitely!!

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