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12 Popular Spanish Proverbs

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A proverb is a short saying that gives advice or expresses truth. They are very well known because of its popular use in colloquial language. Spanish proverbs are a very important part of learning the language. If you are working on your conversational Spanish skills, then Spanish proverbs and sayings are a must. They are known as "refranes" in Spanish.

For more authentic Spanish sayings, expressions and proverbs that speakers actually use in real life conversations, I recommend to watch videos and movies in Spanish. It is important to remember, there isn't always a direct English counterpart. In the list below, close translations or English equivalent proverbs are provided.

  1. A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

  2. Algo es algo; peor es nada. Something is better than nothing.

  3. El amor todo lo puede. Love will find a way.

  4. A lo hecho, pecho. What is done is done.

  5. Nunca es tarde para aprender. It is never too late to learn.

  6. A otro perro con ese hueso. Tell that to someone who will believe you.

  7. El mundo es un pañuelo. It's a small world.

  8. Consejo no pedido, consejo mal oído. Don't give advice unless you're asked.

  9. No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy.Don't leave for tomorrow that which you can do today.

  10. Todos los caminos llevan a Roma.All roads lead to Rome.

  11. Dónde hay humo, hay fuego. Where there's smoke, there's fire

  12. Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente. Don't let the world pass you by.

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