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Cool Spanish Idioms

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Spanish Idioms

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Idioms are fun, usually comical, expressions that you can throw into your writing to add a little bit of a light-hearted, humorous feel to what you’re saying. What makes these little expressions difficult is that they don’t always translate directly to English. Here are some examples of very commonly used, non-translatable Spanish idioms.



  • Estar como una cabra =To be crazy/to be acting out of the ordinary

  • Echar agua al mar =“Preaching to the choir”

  • No tener pelos en la lengua =To not have a filter/to speak your mind

  • Tomarle el pelo =To pull someone’s leg

Learn “Real” Spanish Idioms

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Reading the Quijote is one thing. Typing a text to your friend is another. You will notice as you go through your journey into the Spanish language that, like in English, there is a formal and an informal way of speaking or writing. Becoming familiar with both styles of Spanish is the difference between saying, “I’m spending time with my friends” or “I’m hanging out with my friends” in English. You will be understood no matter which of the options you say but you can imagine the trouble one might come across if they aren’t familiar with the more colloquial expression “hang out” especially when speaking to natives.

Let’s take a moment to look at some of the things you probably won’t find in textbooks but should form a part of your Spanish language writing (and speaking!).

  • Eramos pocos y parió la abuela =To run out of time

  • Eramos pocos y parió la abuela =When it rains it pours

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