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

Muerto el perro, se acabó la rabia.

 

English Equivalent

The best way to solve a problem is to attack the root of it.

 

Literal Translation

Now that the dog is dead, the rabies is finished.



Spanish Saying

No hay mal ni bien que cien años dure.

 

English Equivalent

Nothing goes on forever.

 

Literal Translation

There is nothing bad or good that lasts 100 years.



Spanish Saying

No hay miel sin hiel.

 

English Equivalent

No bees, no honey; no work, no money.

 

Literal Translation

There is no honey without bitterness.



Spanish Saying

No sólo de pan vive el hombre.

 

English Equivalent

Man cannot live by bread alone.

 

Literal Translation

Not only of bread can live the man.