Spanish Saying of the Day: "La cara es el espejo del alma"


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"La cara es el espejo del alma"











Your face reflects your thoughts, feelings, personality... At least this is what this Spanish saying states. However, in English, you would say "The eyes are the window to the soul". What do you think about this? It is said that you need to look into the eyes of the person you are speaking with to know what he/she is thinking.


Glossary:

Alma: soul.

Cara: face.

Espejo: mirror.

Ojos: eyes.

Ventana: window.


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Spanish Saying of the Day: "Hoy por ti, mañana por mí"


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“Hoy por ti, mañana por mí”












This Spanish saying refers to selfish social interaction: I do you a favor but I expect to have it returned in the future. The literal translation would be "Today for you, tomorrow for me". The saying "Today you, tomorrow me" can be used, but sparingly. The most widely used English equivalent is "Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours". By the way, in the English version the speaker asks for a favor before returning it.

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How to say your age in Spanish (audio and glossary)


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In Spanish, you say your age like this: 

tener + (number) + años.


Tengo 29 años. 
                                
I’m 29 (years old).






Note that the verb used in this idiom is tener (to have).


Unlike in English, the word años (years) is usually added in Spanish. It can be omitted if the meaning of the sentence is clear. Please, check out numbers and dates:


Tengo 34 años. Nací el 2 de enero de 1980.    

I’m 34. I was born on 2nd January 1980.



When talking about babies, meses (months) and días (days) are used:


El bebé tiene tres días.                              The baby is three days old.

Mi hijo tiene dos meses.                             My son is two months old.



There are some ways to ask about the age. Note the formal personal pronoun and corresponding verb form:


¿Cuál es tu/su edad?                                   What’s your age?

¿Cuántos años tienes/tiene?                         How old are you?




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Ana tiene 36 años.                                       Ana is 36.

El martes es el cumpleaños de Juan.            Juan’s birthday is on Tuesday.

¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?                          When is your birthday?

Mañana cumplo 45.                                      I’ll be 45 tomorrow.

¡Feliz cumpleaños!                                      Happy Birthday!

Isa murió joven, a los 22.                             Isa died young, at the age of 22.

Eres mayor de edad a los 18.                        At 18 you come of age.

Mi abuela es muy mayor.                             My grandmother is very old.

¿Cuántos años tienes? 33.                             How old are you? 33.



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Glossary


Anciano: old person.

Bebé: baby.

Cumpleaños, cumple: birthday.

De mediana edad: middle-aged.

Edad: age.

Joven: young (adjective) / young person, youngster (noun).

Mayor de edad: of legal age.

Morir: to die.

Nacer: to be born.

Niño: child / boy (male).

Niña: child / girl (female).



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Spanish Saying of the Day: Aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada.


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"Aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada"











Sometimes only the first part of this Spanish saying is used. This saying means that a person can have a knowledge of many subjects, yet superficial. It has a pejorative connotation.

The English equivalent is "Jack of all trades, master of none". 


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"Había" or "habían" in Spanish? Examples with audio


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The Spanish equivalent for there + be expression, usually used when the subject of the verb to be is an indefinite person or thing, is the 3rd singular person of the verb haber.









In Spanish, this is an impersonal clause. That is to say, there is no subject. As the verb in Spanish agrees with the subject, there is no agreement. The noun that follows the verb is a direct object (DO), that can be replaced by a pronoun. English speakers must be very careful because in English there is agreement. Examples with audio are given to ease this explanation.


Examples

Hay un coche rojo en la calle.    

There is a red car in the street.

Hay tres coches en la calle.       
                  
There are three cars in the street.

Había muchos niños jugando.    
                  
There were many children playing.

Había una toalla en el baño. 
                        
There was a towel in the bathroom.

Había dos toallas en el baño.     
                  
There were two towels in the bathroom.

Ha habido un terremoto.                            

There has been an earthquake.

Ha habido algunos terremotos.    
                
There have been some earthquakes. 


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Spanish Saying of the Day: "Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres"


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"Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres"











This is a widely used Spanish saying. It refers to the influence that other people have on one's mind and habits. Do you know that this saying has often been altered and used in advertising? The English equivalent is "A man is known by the company he keeps".


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The date in Spanish + audio


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Dates in Spanish follow the ascending order pattern: day + month + year










The most usual pattern mixes numbers and letters. Months are not capitalized:


25 de julio de 2014.                                    25 July 2014 / July 25, 2014.



Cardinal numbers are used:


Veinticinco de julio de dos mil catorce.         25th July 2014 / July 25th, 2014.



The definite article “el” is widely used before the day:


Salimos el 15 de enero.                                We are leaving on 15th January.         



The preposition “de” must be placed between day/month and between month/year:


Hoy es  17 de marzo de 2015.                      Today is March 17, 2015.



There are some ways of writing abbreviated dates. Hyphens, slashes and points can be used. The month can be in Roman numerals. The year can also be abbreviated (2014 -> 14). Remember to follow the pattern day-month-year.

Some ways of abbreviating March 17, 2015:

17-3-2015, 17/3/15, 17.3.2015, 17-III-2015, 17/III/15...



Examples (see audio below):


¿Qué día es?                                               What’s the date today?

Es lunes.                                                    It’s Monday.

¿A qué día estamos?                                    What’s the date today?

Estamos a lunes, 17 de junio.                      It’s Monday, June 17.

Llámame el jueves.                                     Call me next Thursday.

6 de febrero de 1953.                                  6th February 1953.

19 de abril de 2000.                                     April 19, 2000.

31 de marzo de 1889.                                  31st March 1889.

2 de octubre de 2011.                                  October 2, 2011.

5-6-14                                                         6-5-14 / 5-6-14



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¡Feliz Día del trabajador! or Happy International Worker's Day!


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Also known as Labour Day, in many countries this holiday is celebrated on 1st May. In other countries, like the US, Labor Day is celebrated in September.









In Spain it is known as Día del trabajador o Día del trabajo. Let's have a rest!

Please, note that months in Spanish are not written with a capital letter.


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