Spanish Sayings

My collection of 400+ Spanish Sayings

 

When learning Spanish, or any language for that matter, it is absolutely essential to get to "what makes a language unique". Learning Spanish sayings is by no means a thing that only advanced spanish speakers should do. It is fun for everyone!

The list of Spanish sayings below is arranged such that there is always an English equivalent of the Spanish saying. This makes it fun to compare and you can then read the literal translation to see whether you have understood the difference. Sometimes the sayings are strikingly similar in different languages! The fact is, that much of the Hispanic cultures is actually expressed with sayings. You will notice that when people are asked about sayings in their own language they feel priviledged to have that knowledge.

If you know of a Spanish or an English saying that you would like to add to the list please let me know. Alternatively, you can share your knowledge with more friends on Spanish Word-a-Day via the Facebook page. That way we all learn together! You can also check out this great collection of Spanish quotes.

I hope this will help you learn Spanish online and is a good source for you to learn Spanish for free!

Have fun! Saludos, Chris

Spanish Saying

Quien compra ha de tener cien ojos; a quien vende le basta uno sólo.

 

English Equivalent

The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one.

 

Literal Translation

The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one.



Spanish Saying

Quien con perros se echa, con pulgas se levanta.

 

English Equivalent

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

 

Literal Translation

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



Spanish Saying

Quien espera, desespera.

 

English Equivalent

Hope deferred makes the heart sick.

 

Literal Translation

The one who waits will dispair.



Spanish Saying

Santa Rita, Santa Rita, lo que se da ya no se quita.

 

English Equivalent

Give a thing and take a thing, to wear the devil's gold ring.

 

Literal Translation

Santa Rita, Santa Rita, what you give you don't take back.