A Dictionary of Proverbs, Sayings, Maxims, Adages, English and Spanish

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In English we often say: "To carry coals to Newcastle.' In Spanish, they say: "Echor agua en el mar," which means to throw water into the sea. The metaphors are different but the meaning is the same: to do something that's absolutely unnecessary. Where we say, "Barking dogs seldom bite," the Spanish speaker is likely to say, "El gato maullador, nunca buen cazador." A meowing cat is never a good hunter. English and Spanish proverbs are only occasionally the same in both languages-but proverbs everywhere speak to the same subjects. Love, hate, money, poverty, men as they are seen by women, and vice versa: these are the universal subjects for memorable sayings in both English and Spanish. Here are approximately 2,500 famous proverbs-some in English, some in Spanish-all with translations and where appropriate, with their approximate equivalents in the opposite language. Many cross-references make looking up related proverbs fast and easy, and many proverbs come with information on their Latin, Italian, French, and other origins. Language students, translators, and interpreters will find this book a handy quick-reference source, and everybody interested in the cultural bridge between English-speaking and Spanish-speaking peoples will find much to fascinate them in these pages.

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
25
Section 4
41
Section 5
57
Section 6
78
Section 7
85
Section 8
98
Section 23
226
Section 24
231
Section 25
254
Section 26
269
Section 27
277
Section 28
282
Section 29
288
Section 30
300

Section 9
100
Section 10
102
Section 11
105
Section 12
120
Section 13
133
Section 14
137
Section 15
152
Section 16
157
Section 17
175
Section 18
186
Section 19
187
Section 20
188
Section 21
202
Section 22
205
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
405
Section 43
406

About the author (1998)

Delfin Carbonell Basset is a respected researcher and author in the field of Spanish usage.

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