With the On Spain School you learn sayings in Spanish that relate to animals.
“Sayings” are fixed phrases whose content does not match the meaning.
If someone says to you “¡Qué animal eres!” (“What kind of animal are you!”), maybe you are not sure what it actually means. Well, this phrase is a criticism. The other person wants to tell you that you’re an animal, ignorant, rude and a fool. Adjectives that you do not want to hear.
Interestingly enough, there are many colloquial expressions in the Spanish language in connection with the animal world. Here is a list of the most used expressions of this type plus their meaning:
1º Tener memoria de elefante (to have the memory of an elephant); to be able to remember a lot
2º Andar como un pato (walk like a duck); to walk as if you were sea-sick
3º Dormir como un lirón (sleep like a fat dormouse); to sleep much and deeply
4º Ser astuto como un zorro (to be smart like a fox); to be very clever
5º Estar/ponerse como un cerdo (to be/become a pig); to be fat/eat a lot
6º Estar como una cabra (to be like a goat); to be a little bit crazy
7º Hablar más que un loro (to talk more than a parrot); to talk without a break
8º Ser una gallina (to be a chicken); to be a coward and hide from situations
9º Ser rata (to be a rat); to be egoistic and chintzy
10º Estar fuerte como un toro (to be strong like a bull); to be physically strong
11º Comer como un cerdo (to eat like a pig); to eat a lot, to gorge
12º Ser una hormiguita (to be an ant); work hard and a lot
If you want to learn more about Spanish sayings and you are thinking of taking a Spanish course, visit OnSpain School, our school in Malaga, Spain.
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