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27 Popular Spanish Proverbs

Spanish proverbs are part of the basic traditional wisdom of the Spanish language.

Spanish Proverbs

They are also used as conversation "fillers" by native speakers, as a way of reasserting the thruthfulness of that wisdom as applied to particular situations.

Every language has proverbs. Sometimes they cannot be translated into another language without losing something in the translationn.

Some proverbs, however, have equivalents in other languages. This is the type of proverbs I've included in this page for you to learn: those that have an equivalent in English.

After all, why should you learn a zen-like saying or proverb that does not make sense to you? That will come with time, as you develop your Spanish speaking skills. It takes some time to do that.

An "equivalent" is not a literal translation of the proverb in question. Including a literal translation can end up confusing you.

Do not struggle to understand - at this point in time - why certain words are used and not others, nor why in Spanish some phrases are used in a different order than the one you expect.

Just learn how to say them, and use them in the same manner as you would use their English equivalent.

I have not included their profound meaning as their English equivalents should be already familiar to you.

101 Spanish Proverbs

101 Spanish proverbs is a great book to learn proverbs, not only with their English equivalents, but with literal translations AND contextual dialogues in Spanish.

Contextual dialogues help you understand when and how to apply each proverb in a given situation.

What makes this book so special is that it comes with a CD with 101 MP3 files with the pronunciation of these proverbs and their contextual dialogues. So, apart from reading them, you can transfer the MP3 files into your player or Ipod, and learn them as you go.

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For now, enjoy these easy Spanish proverbs!

27 Spanish Proverbs with Pronunciation and English Equivalents

1. Antes de hacer nada, consúltalo con la almohada.

It's better to sleep on it.

2. Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente

If you snooze it, you lose it.

3. Un lugar para cada cosa, y cada cosa en su lugar.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

4. A caballo regalado no se le mira el colmillo.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

5. De tal palo, tal astilla.

Like father, like son.

6. Niño que no llora, no mama.

The Squaky wheel gets the oil.

7. Nunca es tarde para aprender.

You're never too old to learn.

8. El que no oye un consejo no llega a viejo.

Advice when most needed is least heeded.

9. Árbol que nace torcido jamás su tronco endereza.

As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.

10. Hombre prevenido vale por dos.

Forwarned is forearmed.

11. El que ríe al último, ríe mejor.

He who laughs last, laughs best.

12. De noche todos los gatos son pardos.

All cats are gray in the dark.

13. Al César lo que es del César y a Dios lo que es de Dios.

Give credit where credit is due.

14. Aprendiz de todo y maestro de nada.

Jack of all trades, master of none.

15. Antes que te cases, mira lo que haces.

Look before you leap.

16. La unión hace la fuerza.

In unity there is strength.

17. Haz el bien y no mires a quién.

A good deed is never lost.

18. El amor es ciego.

Love is blind.

19. Con los años vienen los desengaños.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

20. En boca cerrada no entran moscas

A closed mouth catches no flies.

21. El que con lobos anda, a aullar aprende.

If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.

22. Mas vale malo conocido, que bueno por conocer.

Better the devil you know, than the devil you don't know.

23. No hay mal que por bien no venga.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

24. Amigo en la adversidad, es un amigo de verdad.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

25. Quien siembra vientos recoge tempestades.

You reap what you sow.

26. Más vale tarde que nunca.

Better late than never.

27. Matar dos pájaros de un tiro.

To kill two birds with a stone.

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