Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spanish proverbs

One of the main mistakes of the spaniards while speaking english is trying to make a direct translation of the proverbs, while in every language they are different and there are very few cases when this works.

This is a guide for the funniest ones:

  • From lost to the river à In for a penny, in for a pound (Now that we are in this situation, I don't mind to go further
  • The ocassion is painted bald à You have to strike while the iron is hot (You have to make the most of the chances that come your way)
  • If I have seen you I don't remember à Long absent, soon forgotten (You forget about people when they aren't involved in your life for a long time)
  • A lot of noise and few nuts à All mouth and no trousers (Refers to those who speak a lot but take no action)
  • Bad grass never dies à The devil looks after himself (Bad things don't disappear)
  • There is everything in the vineyard of the Lord à There's nothing so queer as folk (There is nothing as strange as people)
  • Is the same dog with different collar à It's the same people under a different name (Nothing has really changed)
  • In love and war, any hole is a trench à Any port in a storm (When you're in trouble, any way out is a good way out)
  • He who went to Seville, lost his chair à Finders keepers, losers beepers (If you leave your place, you lose it)
  • World is a tissue à It's a small world 
  • Where there is a skipper, a sailor doesn't give orders à If two men ride on a horse, one must ride behind (What the boss says goes )
  • Give me bread and call me silly à Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me (I don't care what people say as long as I get what want)
  • From a fallen tree, everyone makes lumber à Anyone can kick a man when he's down (Anyone can make a profit from someone's disgrace)
  • From that stick, that chip à The apple doesn't fall far from the tree (Kids are just like their parents, good or bad)
  • Two tits are mightier than two wagons à A woman's pubic hair pulls more than a tractor (The ability of women to get things in their favour due to their beauty and sexuality)
  • God raises them and they meet each other à Birds of a feather flock together (People who act similar at the end are together)
  • In the house of a blacksmith, wooden knife à The cobbler's children go barefoot (Not always what he preaches is what he practices)
  • He went looking for wool and came back shorn à All that glitters isn't gold (Not everything it's like it looks like)
  • As we were speaking of the King of Rome, look who dropped by à Speak of the Devil, and he's sure to appear (When you speak about someone and this guy appears suddenly)
  • A bird in the hand is worth more than a hundred flying à A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (Better what you have than what you are wishing looking at it)
  • Waking up earlier won't make the sun rise any quicker à You can't push on a rope (Some things cannot be changed)
  • Whoever wants fish, go get their ass wet à There ain't no such thing as a free lunch (If you want to achieve something, you must make an effort in order to get it)
  • Shoemaker, to your shoes à Cobbler, stick to your last (Stick to your own business and do not meddle in things you don't understand)

And there are many more... I dare you to guess the meaning!

  • You have more tale than little street
  • For if the flies
  • Your pot has gone
  • Everywhere they boil beans
  • Switch off and let's go
  • It’s not a snot of turkey 
  • That if you want rice! Catherine!
  • Shit yourself little parrot
  • Talking in Silver
  • Other one that such dance
  • To another thing butterfly
  • Between(Among) whistles and flutes
  • As water of May
  • My pleasure in a well
  • There was ended what was given
  • In April, thousand waters
  • I want Rita to do it!
  • There are more days than sausages
  • Longer than a bread-less day
  • To be in the vineyard
  • Fly from flower to flower
Let's check which non-spanish speaker can guess the meaning of 3 or more. It is a challenge!

                 Posted by Juanola

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