Sunday, February 22, 2009

Common Spanish Expressions...

Spanish is a beautiful language. Unfortunately, I didn't discover this until I came back here to Puerto Rico, and while traveling to different parts of Latin America. When I lived in New York, I rarely demonstrated my Spanish-speaking skills. One of the advantages of living in other parts of the world is the ability to learn about other cultures and its people. Of course, this includes learning a different language. My Spanish is not perfect, it is still a work in progress. However, it has definitely improved a lot. Here are some of the most common (and some of my favorite) expressions in Spanish.
  • La gota que colmo la copa. This literally means "the last drop that emptied the glass." This is an expression used when something turns for the worse.
  • Te sale un ojo de la cara. This literally means "an eye popping out of your eye." This is an expression used when something is very expensive.
  • En mal tiempo, buena cara. This literally means "in bad times, good face." This is an expression used to encourage people to put their best foot forward, despite going through tough times.
  • Cuesta arriba. This literally means "something which costs above." This expression is used when someone encounters a very difficult task.
  • Matar dos pajaros con un tiro. This literally means "kill two birds with one shot," it is the equivalent of "hitting two birds with one stone."

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