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

Cumpla yo y tiren ellos.

 

English Equivalent

Do what is right, come what may.

 

Literal Translation

Of the musician, the poet and the lunatic, we all have a little bit.



Spanish Saying

Dime con quien andas, y te dire quien eres.

 

English Equivalent

You can judge a man by the company he keeps.

 

Literal Translation

Tell me who you walk with and I tell you who you are.



Spanish Saying

El mejor halago es que lo imiten a uno.

 

English Equivalent

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

 

Literal Translation

The best compliment is when they imitate you.



Spanish Saying

El que algo quiere, algo le cuesta.

 

English Equivalent

He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.

 

Literal Translation

If you want something, something it will cost you.