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Equivalents of English Sayings in Spanish | Letter Y

English sayings in Spanish and Puerto Rico Spanish Slang Idioms Speaking Phrases Boricua

The following is the Speaking Latino list of English sayings in Spanish with their equivalents, specifically the ones popular in Puerto Rico. Many of these sayings, proverbs, refranes, modismos or idioms are also used in other Latin American countries.

You can find this list and much more in my book Speaking Phrases Boricua: A Collection of Wisdom and Sayings from Puerto Rico.

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Equivalents of English Sayings in Spanish | Letter Y

You better believe it

-Lo dice y no lo sabe

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

-Amor con amor se paga

You cannot get a quart into a pint pot

-Eso es como pedirle peras al olmo

You cannot get blood from a stone [turnip]

-Eso es como pedirle peras al olmo

English sayings in Spanish and Refranes Puerto Rico Spanish Slang Perro viejo no aprende trucos nuevosYou can’t judge a book by its cover

-Las apariencias engañan

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

-Moro viejo, mal cristiano

-Perro viejo no aprende trucos nuevos

You do what you can

-Se hace lo que se puede

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone

-Nadie sabe lo que tiene hasta que lo pierde

You get what you deserve

-La ley de Dios no tiene trampa

You get what you pay for

-Lo barato sale caro

You make your own destiny

-Las estrellas inclinan, pero no obligan

You owe me one

-Hoy por ti, mañana por mi

You pays your man and you takes your chances

-Para nadar hay que tirarse al agua

You reap what you sow

-El que (bien) siembra, (bien) cosecha

-El que siembra espinas que no espere cosechar flores

-El que siembra vientos [tormentas], cosecha tempestades

You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t

-Palo si boga y palo si no boga

You’re full of it

-No me vengas con ese cuento

You’ve made your bed, now lie in it

-Ahorcarse con su propia soga

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