Proverbial Wishdom

1832
If your Spanish is more or less grammatically where you want to be, another step in expressing yourself fluently is to throw in an appropriate proverb in Spanish when the time is right.  A few favorites, and many include a historical reference which we don’t have the space to adequately explain here.  These are widely heard and easy to remember to incorporate into your conversations.

  • No se ganó Zamora en una hora.  Loosely – Take your time to do something right and win the battle.
  • Lo barato sale caro.  – Quality is worth the price, as something cheap won’t last or be effective.
  • En boca cerrada no entra mosca. Know when to keep your mouth closed.
  • Hay moros en la costa.  This isn’t a proverb, but it’s something you say to alert someone that there may be someone else overhearing your conversation.  I love the history on this one, as it refers to the Moors of Spain and locals trying to secure themselves from spies and invasions.
  • A pan duro, diente agudo.  When times get tough, the tough get going.
  • A buen hambre no hay pan duro. Hunger creates the best appetite.
  • De tal palo, tal astilla.  Like father, like son.
  • Del plato a la boca se cae la sopa.  There’s many a slip between cup and lip.
  • No hay que buscarle tres pies al gato. Don’t overcomplicate things.  Keep it simple.
  • Cada quien a su gusto.  To each his own.
  • Las cuentas claras y el chocolate espeso.  Keep your business matters transparent and your friendship matters thick.  Saying that you are un hombre de cuentas claras means that you’re on the up and up in business affairs.
  • Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente.  Out of sight, out of mind.

 

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