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Spanish Expressions

Posted by Mary on October 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Just as English has its "idioms" or different ways of saying things, so does Spanish.Let's look at a few English idioms first:

It's raining cats and dogs.  - A non-native English speaker might be terrified of this expression, thinking animals are falling from the sky along with the rain, when in reality it means that it is raining heavily.

I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.  We don't really eat horses, do we?  This simply means we are very hungry.

Now, you get the picture...... Let's look at some fun expressions in Spanish, many of which involve animals:

 

Tiene más lana que un borrego.

Literally means: He has more wool than a lamb.

The English equivalent is: He's loaded with cash

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Cada quien tiene su manera de matar pulgas.

Literally means: Each has his way to kill fleas.

The English equivalent is: There's more than one way to skin a cat.

 

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