¡Adivina Adivinador!  
Proverbs, Riddles and Popular Sayings
by May Herz





















"Del plato a la boca se cae la sopa."

There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip

If we don't want to look foolish, we shouldn't boast about something we haven't achieved yet. Plans can fall through.


“Camaron que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente.”  

The early bird gets the worm.

You have to be alert and active to achieve something in life. The one who daydreams along the way will never get to the finish line.


"Al mal tiempo, buena cara."

Face difficulties with a smile.

There's no better antidote for difficult or problematic times than meeting them with self-assurance and optimism. If we smile and look at things more positively. We will more easily overcome our problems. 


"Al que a buen árbol se arrima, buena sombra le cobija."

Stick with the winners.

This saying refers to the care we should take in choosing our friends. If you form relationships with people who are more capable and high-minded, you'll get better results than if you choose people with problems or who are mediocre.


"El que nace pa' maceta, no sale del corredor."  

A leopard never changes his spots.

In other words, the mediocre person will always be mediocre (never successful).


Until next time, and I won't tell you what I've got in store for you then, because "There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip"!



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¿Sabías Que... Did you know that the first collection of sayings in Spanish was published in Spain in 1508?