Ready to take your Spanish to the next level? Then you need to add these hilariously funny Spanish expressions to your vocab.
Sharing hilarious common expressions is quickly becoming one of my favourite topics to write. So, today I’ve chosen some of the best everyday Spanish expressions. Once you’re done with these, be sure to know which Spanish expressions to avoid. And, if you’re hungry for more hilarious expressions, check out my articles on French and Italian.
Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the world, so it’s the obvious choice for my next post. Here I will share some useful and common Spanish expressions that will help improve your fluency and grasp of this beautiful language. When you’re done with these, watch out for those Spanish false friends.
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Time for some Spanish expressions! Vamos a empezar! Lets’ start!
1. More face than back
Translation: Mas cara que espalda
Meaning: To behave or speak rudely, show no respect
English Equivalent: Have a lot of cheek
2. Throw disks at you
Translation: Te tira los tejos
Meaning: To flirt
English Equivalent: To pick up, to hit on someone
3. Not to know even a potato about something
Translation: No saber ni papa de algo
Meaning: To have no idea about something
English Equivalent: Not to have a clue
4. To enjoy yourself like a dwarf
Translation: Disfrutar como un enano
Meaning: To have a great time
English Equivalent: Have a whale of a time
5. Throw the house through the window
Translation: Tirar la casa por la ventana
Meaning: Pay any amount of money to achieve something
English Equivalent: Spare no expense, pull out all the stops
6. Eating flies
Translation: Comiendo moscas
Meaning: To go off topic
English Equivalent: Go off on a tangent
7. Good wave!
Translation: Buena onda!
Meaning: Very good
English Equivalent: Good vibes! Cool!
8. Put in your batteries!
Translation: Ponte las pilas
Meaning: Pay attention
English Equivalent: Wake up, look alive, put some energy into it
9. The catfish is biting me
Translation: Me pica el bagre
Meaning: I’m very hungry
English Equivalent: I’m so hungry I could eat a horse!
10. To be bread eaten
Translation: Ser pan comido
Meaning: Be easy to do
English Equivalent: A piece of cake
Meaning: To be careful
English Equivalent: Watch yourself, I’m watching you
12. You think you’re the last coke in the desert
Translation: Creerse la última coca-cola en el desierto
Meaning: To believe that you are better than everyone else
English Equivalent: The bee’s knees, to think that you’re the bomb, the best thing since sliced bread
13. To be like a goat
Translation: Estar como una cabra
Meaning: To be crazy
English Equivalent: Be off your rocker, be a fruitcake, be off your head
14. Short of lights
Translation: Corto de luces
Meaning: To be stupid or ditsy
English Equivalent: The lights are on but nobody’s home, not the brightest bulb in the shed, not the the sharpest tool in the shed
15. Speaking of the king of Rome
Translation: Hablando del rey de Roma
Meaning: To be talking about someone as they appear
English Equivalent: Speak of the devil, to have itchy ears
16. He goes fart
Translation: Va pedo
Meaning: To be drunk
English Equivalent: He’s plastered, smashed
17. Give the can
Translation: Dar la lata
Meaning: To pester
English Equivalent: Be a nuisance, be a pain
18. Make a Christ
Translation: Monta un cristo
Meaning: Complain loudly and bitterly
English Equivalent: Make a scene, kick up a fuss
19. Make his August
Translation: Hace su agosto
Meaning: To make a lot of money
English Equivalent: To make a killing
20. Hail to the Virgin
Translation: Es un Viva la Virgen
Meaning: Cheerfully unconcerned about the future
English Equivalent: Happy-go-lucky
21. To take hold of the hair
Translation: Tomar el pelo
Meaning: Cheerfully unconcerned about the future
English Equivalent: To pull one’s leg, make fun of
22. To be made a chili
Translation: Estar hecho un ají
Meaning: To be very angry
English Equivalent: To be hopping mad
23. To be healthier than a pear
Translation: Estar más sano que una pera
Meaning: To be and feel healthy
English Equivalent: To be as fit as a fiddle
24. Be like a stone
Translation: Quedarse de piedra
Meaning: To be shocked
English Equivalent: To be flabbergasted, gob-smacked
25. Catching flies
Translation: Papando moscas
Meaning: To daydream
English Equivalent: Twiddle one’s thumbs
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