Every language has their own expressions and idioms unique to the culture.  Many are the same across languages, some change a few words, and some completely change the characters.  Enjoy this list of 10 popular Spanish idioms that can help you practice your Spanish and gain some insight into the Spanish culture.  Be sure to follow us on twitter to get your daily dose of Spanish idioms delivered direct to you!


 

 

# Spanish English (Literal) English (Translation)
1 Quien no arriesga, no gana
 Who doesn’t risk, doesn’t win Nothing ventured, nothing gained
2 Estar como una cabra
To be like a goat To be crazy
3 No buscarle las pulgas al perro
Don’t look for fleas on the dog Let sleeping dogs lie
4 Feliz como unas castañuelas Happy as castanets Happy as a clam
5 No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy Don’t leave for tomorrow that which you can do today Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be done today
6 Irse por las ramas
To go by the branches To beat around the bush
7 Quien fue a Sevilla, perdidó su silla
He who went to Sevilla, lost his seat You snooze, you loose
8 Hacer el mono To do the monkey To monkey around
9 Muchos generales para tan pocos soldados Many generals for so few soldiers Too many chiefs, not enough Indians
10 A caballo regalado no le mires el diente
A gifted horse, don’t look at the teeth Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

 

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