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Learn Spanish with common phrases, proverbs and quotes. Spanish Language Resources with don Quijote.
No hay dos sin tres
Literal: There is no two without three
Similar Saying: Everything happens in threes
Meaning: If something happens once, it could be a one-time thing. If it happens twice, it will most likely happen again.
Nuevo rey, nueva ley
Literal: New king, new law
Similar Saying: There’s a new sheriff in town, the rules have changed
Meaning: It refers to a person who holds different ideals and therefore going to run things differently.
Más vale maña que fuerza
Literal: Better skill than strength
Similar Saying: Brains over brawn
Meaning: Intelligence is better than physical strength
Más se consigue lamiendo que mordiendo
Literal: More is achieved by licking than by biting
Similar Saying: You catch more flies with honey than vinegar
Meaning: You can win people to your side more easily by gentle persuasion and flattery than by hostile confrontation.
Favor con favor se paga
Literal: Favor with favor, it pays
Similar Saying: You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours
Meaning: You do a favor for me and I´ll do a favor for you; If you do something for me that I cannot do for myself, I will do something for you that you cannot do for yourself.
Dar gato por liebre
Literal: To give cat for hare
Similar Saying: To rip someone off
Meaning: To give someone something of a lower quality than what was promised
El que tiene boca se equivoca
Literal: The person who has a mouth makes mistakes
Similar Saying: Nobody’s perfect
Meaning: Everyone makes mistakes
Literal: To spend saliva
Similar Saying: To waste your breath
Meaning: To say something that will be ignored or have no effect
Hacer la vista gorda
Literal: To do the fat view
Similar Saying: To turn a blind eye
Meaning: To pretend not to notice
Cada loco con su tema
Literal: Every crazy person with their issue
Similar Saying: Different strokes for different folks
Meaning: Everyone has their own way of doing things