Here, I am going to show you the most common ones people use in Spain.
First, I will start with some definitions.
According to R. A. E “dicho o refrán” is: “Dicho agudo y sentencioso de uso común”. In English, they call it saying or proverb.
On the other hand, “modismo o expresión idiomática” is: “Expresión fija, privativa de una lengua, cuyo significado no se deduce de las palabras que la forman”. Also known as idiom in English.
In addition, “frase hecha” would correspond to fixed expressions.
In my experience, all these sentences are one of the most difficult things to learn when studying a new language.
For example, idioms do not follow regular grammar rules. In addition, their meanings cannot be predicted from the meaning of its individual words.
For this reason, if you try to translate an idiom literally, you could say something funny and sometimes inappropriate sentences.
One way you can get familiar with these sentences is by using them regularly. By doing so, they will become part of your daily vocabulary. So, challenge yourself and start using them!
Most Common Spanish sayings, Idioms and Fixed Expressions
The following list will help you to get familiar with some of the most common Spanish sayings, idioms, and fixed expressions.
|Al mal tiempo, buena cara||When life gives you lemons, make lemonade|
|A quien madruga Dios le ayuda||The early bird gets the worm|
|A toda pastilla||Full throttle|
|Costar un ojo de la cara||To cost an arm and a leg|
To cost a pretty penny
|Darle gas||To put pedal to the metal |
To step on the gas
To step on it
|Dar por sentado||To take for granted|
|Dime con quien andas, y te diré quien eres||A man is known by the company he keeps|
|Echar un cable|
Echar una mano
|To give a hand|
To lend a hand
|El mundo es un pañuelo||It is a small world|
|El saber no ocupa lugar||You can never know too much|
|El tiempo lo cura todo||Time heals all wounds|
|Estar al tanto||To be up to date|
|Estar de mala leche||To be in a bad mood|
|Estar de muerte||To be out of this world|
|Estar en el quinto pino||To be in the boonies/boondocks|
To be out in the sticks
|Estar en la edad del pavo||To be at puberty, adolescence or an awkward age|
|Ir pisando huevos||To drag your feet|
|Liarla parda||To make a complete mess|
|Más vale malo conocido que bueno por conocer||Better the devil you know than the devil you don't|
|Más vale prevenir que curar||Better safe than sorry|
|Meterse en un lío|
Meterse en líos
|To get into trouble|
|No hay dos sin tres ||Misfortunes always come in threes|
|Pasar factura||Take its toll on|
To catch up with
|Ser pan comido||To be a piece of cake|
|Ser un membrillo||To be gullible |
To be silly/stupid
|Ser un plasta||To be a pain in the neck|
|Tener mala leche||To act in bad faith|
|Ya pueden decir misa||To preach to the choir|
Hope you enjoyed the post.
I recommend you to practice with the audios here and try to use the vocabulary in your conversations.
If you want, I can help you practice with these expressions by using them while having a conversation during our online Spanish conversation classes.
Now, I would like to hear from you.
- Which expression you like the most?
- Do you know any other expressions?
Leave your answers below, in the comment section.
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