Spanish Proverbs

This free audio lesson is all about Spanish proverbs. If you want to truly sound like a natural, then make sure that you learn the following proverbs in Spanish.

Spanish speakers seem to be fond of using proverbs, some of the Spanish proverbs translate literally from the English version, while others have the same sentiment or meaning, but are expressed with a slightly different idea. An example of this is the Spanish translation of the English proverb, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. In Spanish it does not mention a dog, but talks about a parrot. You get the idea, now time to learn some proverbs.

All about Spanish Proverbs

Lo que no cuesta dinero, siempre es bueno

The best things in life are free

Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente

Out of sight, out of mind

En el peligro se conoce el amigo

A friend in need is a friend indeed

Loro viejo no aprende a hablar/Perro viejo no aprende trucos

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

El que ríe último, ríe mejor

He who laughs last laughs longest

Más vale tarde que nunca

Better late than never

El tiempo es oro

Time is money

No hay tiempo como el presente

There's no time like the present

Cuatro ojos ven más que dos

Two heads are better than one

Poner toda la carne en el asador

To put all your eggs in one basket

No hay mal que por bien no venga

Every cloud has a silver lining

Nadie está contento con su suerte

The grass is always greener on the other side

A lo hecho pecho

It's no use crying over spilt milk

Lo barato sale caro

If you buy cheaply, you pay dearly

En boca cerrada no entran moscas

If you keep your mouth shut, you won't put your foot in it

Memorize these Spanish proverbs so you can pluck them out at the right time and amaze other Spanish speakers! Also try to analyze the proverbs and see if you can extend your vocabulary with new words that are included. One of the great things about learning Spanish is that thanks to the Latin roots of the words, English speakers can sometimes guess accurately at meanings. Why not check out some more lessons on Spanish phrases next?