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Spanish proverbs

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25th September 2013

Emily Robertshaw

Check out these Spanish proverbs below and see how many you can guess from the literal translation.

If you have any more to add to the list, do let us know!

 

Spanish saying/proverb

Literal translation

Equivalent proverb in English/other meanings

 
Corto de luces

 

To be short of lights

 

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer

 

Tiene más lana que un borrego

 

 

He has more wool than a sheep

 

To have a lot of money

 

En boca cerrada no entran moscas

 

 

Into a closed mouth flies will not enter

 

Think before you speak

 

En martes, ni te cases ni te embarques

 

On a Tuesday, don’t get married nor get on board

Tuesday is an unlucky day in Spanish culture – Tuesday 13th holds the same connotations as Friday 13th in the English speaking world

 

El hijo de la gato, ratones mata

 

 

The son of a cat kills mice

 

Like father like son

 

No todo el monte es orégano

 

The whole hillside is not covered in oregano

 

All is not as it seems

 
Tomar el pelo

 

To take hold of the hair

 

To pull someone’s leg

 

Las mentiras tienen las patas cortas

 

 

Lies have short legs

 

The truth will out

 

Más vale pájaro en mano que cien volando

 

 

A bird in the hand is worth more than 100 flying

 

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

 

Yo tengo una tía que toca la guitarra

 

 

I have an aunt who plays the guitar

 

What’s that got to do with the price of fish?

 

Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda

 

If you dress a monkey in silk it will still be a monkey

 

 

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear

 

No hay mal que por bien no venga 

 

 

There is no bad of which good does not come

 

Every cloud has a silver lining

 

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