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MaryamMonday 16th of August 2004 11:10:33 AM
Spanish Proverbs - Those who would like an insightful view of the most common Spanish proverbs will find this site very useful as well as entertaining. It is said that in order to understand a country's culture, we should learn their proverbs and sayings. I agree. One proverb I like especially in Spain is: "No hay mal que cien años dure, ni cuerpo que lo resista." Translation: Nothing goes on forever.

Have a look:
zarkannMonday 16th of August 2004 11:55:45 AM
Wow thanks :) - Thats an awesome website but i'm stuck !! LOL i'm stuck to 201-285 .. Oh.. never mind.. i'm not stuck anymore lol

Well, there is alots of nice ressources in Spanish !

Thanks Maryam :)
eilla883Tuesday 17th of August 2004 03:46:09 PM
just wondering... - which ones of these proverbs are used the most...i know that in english we certainly do not use all these proverbs in colloquial conversation. so which do think are most common?
MaryamWednesday 18th of August 2004 08:55:20 AM
Smart question - Hello Eilla,

I am glad you came up with this question. Some proverbs are just in the memory from time to time or lost inside a shelf of memories. But we use many proverbs and sayings in our daily life.
The most common (from that list) are:

1. A buen hambre no hay pan duro (Beggars can’t be choosers.
For a good appetite there is no hard bread.)

2. A falta de pan, buenas son tortas (We’ll just have to make do.)

3. A la ocasión la pintan calva. Or: La ocasión la pintan calva (You have to make the most of the chances that come your way.
You have to strike while the iron is hot.)

4. A palabras necias, oídos sordos ( Take no notice of the stupid things people say.)

5. A rey muerto, rey puesto ( As soon as one goes out the window, another comes in the door.)

6.Amor con amor se paga. Y lo demás con dinero ( Love does much, money does everything.)

7. Como que dos y dos son cuatro ( As sure as eggs is eggs / (God made) little green apples / night follows day / the day is long. )

8. Como quien oye llover (It’s like water off a duck’s back. )

9. Consejo es de sabios perdonar injurias y olvidar agravios. (To err is human, to forgive divine.)

10. Cuando menos piensa el galgo, salta la liebre. (Things often happen when you least expect them to.
Where we least think, there goes the hare away.)

11. Da lo mismo - Da lo mismo una cosa que otra (It’s) Six of one (and half a dozen of the other).

12. De noche, todos los gatos son pardos.(No one will notice "in the dark".)

13. De todo hay en la viña del Señor.(There’s so queer as folk. )

14. Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres (You can judge a man by the company he keeps. )

15. El amor todo lo puede.(Love will find a way. )

16. El casado casa quiere (Married people need a home of their own.)

17. El dinero llama al dinero.(Money goes where money is.)

18. Errar es de sabios )To err is typical from wise people)

19. El éxito llama al éxito.(Nothing succeeds like success.)

20. El mundo es un pañuelo.(It’s a Small world!)

21. El que algo quiere, algo le cuesta. (He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.)

22. El que la sigue la consigue. (If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.)

23. A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda.(The early bird catches the worm.)

[quote]Originally posted by eilla883

which ones of these proverbs are used the most...i know that in english we certainly do not use all these proverbs in colloquial conversation. so which do think are most common?[/quote]
HayleySaturday 16th of October 2004 09:38:48 PM
- Whoa! For a Spanish beginner, those sure are confusing...I guess it's just the beauty of how different languages are. It's just hard sometimes when you translate a saying directly from English and then it makes absolutely no sense to a Spanish person! lol
ZelleThursday 02nd of December 2004 05:47:25 AM
gracias a Maryam -
Uno de mis favoritos qué puede ayudarte tambien: "Oír, ver y leer aumenta el saber."
MaryamThursday 23rd of December 2004 12:11:21 PM
- Pues sí, Zelle, y es una gran verdad.