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Vocabulary Lists Essential Idioms That Will Make You Sound Like a Native Speaker

Essential Idioms That Will Make You Sound Like a Native Speaker

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deceive or mislead someone
dar gato por liebre
deceive or mislead someone
Fui a comprar un collar de oro y me dieron gato por liebre.
I went to buy a gold necklace, and they deceived me.
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talk quite a lot
hablar por los codos
talk quite a lot
Esa niña habla hasta por los codos durante la clase.
That girl talks quite a lot during class.
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be in a bad mood
levantarse con el pie izquierdo
be in a bad mood
Nada me sale bien hoy, me levanté con el pie izquierdo.
Nothing comes out right today, I got up on the wrong side of the bed.
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be honest and express what you think
no tener pelos en la lengua
be honest and express what you think
Mi esposo no tiene pelos en la lengua.
My husband always says what he thinks.
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blush
ponerse como un tomate
blush
Ella se pone como un tomate cada vez que te ve.
She blushes every time she sees you.
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have a tantrum
armar un pancho
have a tantrum
No le puedes decir mentiras o te armará un pancho.
You can't lie to him, otherwise he'll have a tantrum.
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have no money
andar a raíz
have no money
A fin de mes, mi suegra anda a raíz.
My mother-in-law has no money at the end of the month.
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warn someone
echar aguas
warn someone
Voy a ir a jugar en vez de hacer mi tarea, ¡échame aguas si viene mi mamá!
I'll go play before finishing my homework, warn me if you see my mom!
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when something is nice
estar chido
when something is nice
Tus pantalones están chidos.
Your jeans are very nice.
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give the half of something
ponerse la del Puebla
give the half of something
Tu torta se ve rica, ¡ponte la del Puebla!
Your torta looks delicious, give me the half of it!
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Saturday at 9:49 pm
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Hello, learners, here is the list of the above idioms / their literal English translations!


dar gato por liebre / give a cat instead of a hare

hablar por los codos / talk through the elbows

levantarse con el pie izquierdo / stand up with the left foot

no tener pelos en la lengua / not have hair on the tongue

ponerse como un tomate / be like a tomato

armar un pancho / build a pancho

andar a raíz / walk in the roots

echar aguas / throw water

estar chido / be "chido"

ponerse la de Puebla / put on the "Puebla" one

SpanishPod101.com
Sunday at 9:34 am
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Hola Sarah,


Thank you for your help.

Please let us know if you have any question or doubt.

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

Team SpanishPod101.com

SpanishPod101.com
Wednesday at 12:11 pm
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Hola Werner,


Thank you for your comment.

These are idioms as the tittle of the lessons says, so it would be very difficult to find them in the dictionary.

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

Team SpanishPod101.com

Sarah
Sunday at 10:08 pm
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Hey Martin, "give the half of something" sounds pretty awkward to me. I'm a native English speaker in the states. Here, it means something like "That torta looks so good! Give me half of that torta!"

Werner
Sunday at 6:39 pm
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Strange enough most of these phrases are not in the dictionary, neither "LEO" nor Langenscheid. Even some of the nouns have a completely different meaning (like pancho). Why is that?

Is this caused by the difference of Mexican and Iberian Spanish?

Martin
Monday at 12:44 am
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What is "give the half of something?"


(My native language is dutch)