Besides learning basic vocabulary and verb conjugations and things of that nature, Learning Spanish proverbs and sayings are great too. Spanish, just as English have very common or frequently used expressions that have been passed for generations, yet still carry a very significant meaning. If you are trying to learn Spanish, then take a look a few good Spanish proverbs and saying that you could put to use.
1. Cuando el gato va a sus devociones, bailan los ratones.
When the cat is away, the mice will play.
2. Dicho y Hecho.
No sooner said than done.
3. La practica hace maestro al novicio.
Practice makes perfect.
4. Ver y creer.
Seeing is believing.
5. Querer es poder.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
6. Perro que ladra no muerde.
A barking dog does not bite.
7. Mas vale tarde que nunca.
Better late than never.
8. El tiempo da buen consejo.
Time will tell or
9. El tiempo dira.
Time will tell.
10. El que mucho abarca poco aprieta.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew!
11. Dime con quien andas y te dire con quien eres.
Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.
12. Si a Roma fueres, haz como vieres.
When in Rome do as Romans do.
13. Quien canta su mal espanta.
When you sing you drive away your grief.
14. Anda despacio que tengo prisa.
Make haste slowly.
15. El que no se aventura no cruza la mar.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
16. Quien no se arriesga no pasa la mar. (similar to previous)
If you don’t take risk, nothing gained or If you don’t take a risk, you won’t know.
17. Mientras hay vida hay esperanza.
Where there is life there is hope.
18. Mas vale pajaro en mano que ciento volando.
A bird in the hand is worth two in bush.
19. Quien siembra vientos recoge tempestades.
If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind.
20. Piedra movediza, el moho no la cobija.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
There are definitely thousands of Spanish proverbs and Spanish sayings that natives use, however these are just a few good ones that you can learn. The interesting thing about these proverbs is that each Spanish-speaking country may use these or have their very own equivalents worded a little different, yet mean the same thing.
Can you think of any other Spanish proverbs and saying that you have heard used in Spanish?