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SPANISH PROVERBS

REFRANES ESPAÑOLES

SPANISH / ESPAÑOL ENGLISH / INGLÉS
Buenas palabras y buenos modales, todas las puertas abren With good words and good manners, all doors will open for you
Cuenta el milagro, pero no digas el santo Tell the story of the miracle, but don't reveal the saint (i.e. be discreet with secrets)

De ovejas blancas, nacen corderos negros

From white sheep, black lambs are born

Donde hay amor, hay dolor

Where there is love, there is pain
El buen vestido aumenta la hermosura, y la fealdad disimula Being dressed well increases one's beauty, and ugliness is concealed

El corazón que siempre ama es joven

The heart that always loves is a young heart

El pensar no es saber

Thinking is not the same as knowing

En las malas se conoce a los amigos

A friend in need is a friend indeed
Hombre bien vestido, nunca mal parecido A well-dressed man, never appears bad

Martes y trece ni te cases ni te embarques

Tuesday 13th, don't get married or start a journey
No basta parecerlo, hay que serlo It is not enough to seem it, you must be it

No todas las nubes dan lluvia

Not all clouds bring rain
Obra de chapucero cuesta poco, pero vale menos Shoddy work costs little, but it is worth less
Oír, ver y callar, para con nadie tropezar Listen, watch and be quiet and you will cross no-one

Quien bien te quiere te hará llorar

He/she who truly loves you will make you cry

Quien se casa por amor, ha de vivir con dolor

He who marries for love, will have to live with the pain

Saber es poder

Knowledge is power

Saber y no recordar, es lo mismo que ignorar

Knowing and not remembering is the same as not knowing at all

Salud, dinero y bien vino, e irme a la gloria de camino

Health, money and good wine, and to glory on the way

Salud para mí, trabajo para mi marido

Health for me and work for my husband
Se dice el pecado, pero no el pecador Tell about the sin but not the sinner (i.e. be discreet with people's secrets)

Se olvida una buena acción, y no un buen bofetón

A good deed is forgotten but a good slap is not

Ser pobre y rico en un día,milagro es de santa Lotería

Being poor and rich in one day is the miracle of the holy lottery

Si a la abeja ves beber, muy pronto verás llover

If you see the bee drinking, it will rain soon

Si del sur el viento es, botas de agua a los pies

If the wind comes from the south, wear rain boots

Si dices las verdades, pierdes las amistades

If you always tell the truth, you will lose friends

Si el trabajo enorgullece, recuerda que el orgullo es pecado

If work makes you proud, remember that pride is a sin

Si eres escrupuloso, no esperes ser muy rico ni muy famoso

If you have scruples, don't expect to be rich or famous

Si eres oveja, te comen los lobos

If you are a sheep, the wolves will eat you

Si hay trato, pueden ser amigos perro y gato

If there is a deal, the dog and cat can be friends

Si las orejas sacude la burra, lluvia segura

If the female donkey shakes her ears, it will surely rain

Si le dices tu secreto a una mujer, de dominio público ha de ser

If you tell your secret to a woman, it will become public knowledge

Si no quieres decepciones, no te hagas ilusiones

If you don't want to be disappointed, don't be too hopeful

Si quieres que te siga el can, dale pan

If you want the dog to follow you, give it bread

Si quieres quedar bien, nunca digas que te va muy bien

If you want to stay fine, never say that you're doing fine

Si quieres ser estafado, paga por adelantado

If you want to be cheated, pay up front

Si tomas un mal camino, no esperes un buen destino

If you take a wrong path, don't expect a happy ending

Si una puerta se ciera, otra se abre

If one door shuts, another will open

Si vives alegre, rico eres

If you live a happy life, you live a rich life

Siempre ayuda la verdad

The truth always helps

Siempre pide de más, para que no te den de menos

Always ask for more, so that they don't give you less

Sin dudar, no hay acertar

If doubt doesn't exist, then neither does certainty

Sin un ramito de locura, no hay humana criatura

If you're not a bit crazy, you're not human

Son más los días que las alegrías

There are more days than happy times

Sufre callando lo que no puedes remediar hablando

Suffer in silence that that you cannot resolve through discussion

Viento del Este, lluvia como peste (DE ARGENTINA)

Wind from the East, rain like the plague (used in Argentina)


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