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“Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda.” – In English:

Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda. The she-monkey, even if dressed up in silk, remains a monkey. Improving the essence of a person or his natural qualities is not accomplished by merely donning fancy apparel.

22. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“De músico, poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco.” – In English:

De músico, poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco. Of musician, poet and madman we all have our measure. Nobody is totally rational. Some more, some less, everyone has his share of the soul of an artist.

18. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“De tal palo, tal astilla.” – From such a stick, such a splinter.

De tal palo, tal astilla. From such a stick, such a splinter. Children tend to resemble their parents in character, propensities and customs.

17. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“Del dicho al hecho hay gran trecho.” – Said and done are worlds apart.

Del dicho al hecho hay gran trecho. Said and done are worlds apart. Don´t rely on other people fulfilling their promises.

16. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“Nunca es tarde cuando la dicha es buena.” – It´s never too late for joy.

Nunca es tarde cuando la dicha es buena. It´s never too late for joy. When good fortune finally strikes, one doesn’t mind having waited.

12. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“Errando se aprende a herrar.” – In English:

Errando se aprende a herrar. By making mistakes (errar: “to make mistakes”) one learns the blacksmith’s trade (herrar). By trial and error we learn.

07. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“En todas partes se cuecen habas.” In English:

En todas partes se cuecen habas. ”Habas” everywhere are cooked. Habas are a type of broad bean. They used to be regarded as food for the poor as well as for animals. No one and no place is exempt from … Continue reading

06. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“Más vale ser cabeza de ratón que cola de león.” in English:

Más vale ser cabeza de ratón que cola de león. Better to be a mouse´s head than a lion’s tail. According to this famous Spanish saying, it is preferable to lead at a more modest level than to be one-among … Continue reading

05. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña.” – Everyone cuts firewood from the fallen tree.

Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña. Everyone cuts firewood from the fallen tree. When someone “falls” there´s usually no lack of opportunists who will swiftly look for ways of deriving personal profit from the circumstances.

01. January 2013 by spanishphrases
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“Consejos vendo y para mí no tengo.” – Advice I sell and for myself have none.

Consejos vendo y para mí no tengo. Advice I sell and for myself have none. This one reproaches the person who has advice for everyone except for himself. Also, some people would do well by heeding the excellent advice they … Continue reading

31. December 2012 by spanishphrases
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