Phrases of the Week: Spanish

Celida Moran ’16

Phrases of the Week: Spanish

These are some Spanish idioms that are commonly used by wise adults to give words of warning or encouragement to the younger members of the community.

“ Lo que siembras cosechas.” This advice means, “What you reap, you sow. If you take care and look after something today, you will be rewarded later.

The phrase, “no hay mal que por bien no venga,” is a phrase of encouragement which translates to “bad things happen for a good reason.” It is used to comfort others who have fallen on tough times. Basically, something good will come out of you sorrow if you don’t focus on the negatives.

“Si crías cuervos los ojos te sacaran.” means  “If you raise crows, one day they will poke your eyes out.” This phrase is a statement of warning. It refers to raising children. If you raise them to be disrespectful and rude, they will turn on you later and be rude and disrespectful to you.