A mixture of Spanish idioms I thought I will try something different this week, and even when we will see something common, idioms, we will study them in a new format, have a look.

This week is time for Spanish idioms, I know I normally talk about idioms under the same umbrella like idioms related to weather, idioms which use colours etc…This week we are learning a mixture of idioms, they can fall under any specific category, as they are a mixture of Spanish idioms, but as I said before we are doing it in a new way, first of all, I am suggesting you a challenge, are you in?

This all came from one of my students to I challenged her to make the link among expressions and their meanings and she got them all right! So I thought I will try here to see how it goes 🙂  Because if she could, so can you, just need to think and use your intuition 🙂

 

A mixture of Spanish idioms

 

 

We are going to start with a mixture of 10 Spanish idioms

1-Ir de maravilla

2-Ser una lata

3-Ir con pies de plomo

4-A pan y agua

5-Ir al grano

6-(pasar/tener)una mala racha

7-Hacerse un lío

8-Llover sobre mojado

9- Estar chupado

10-Un sinfín

 

Descriptions/meanings

 

 

a)No estar en el mejor momento

 

b)Cuando algo va/marcha genial

 

c)No es nada nuevo, no nos pilla por sorpresa, es algo que ya sabemos o esperamos

 

d)Gran cantidad de algo

 

e)Tener cuidado, no confiarse o hacer algo prestando atención a los detalles.

 

f)Algo que es muy fácil

 

g)Tener poco o lo básico de algo

 

h)Algo es muy aburrido

 

i)No andarse por las ramas o dando rodeos, ir directamente a lo importante.

 

j)Complicarse, pensar más de lo que se debe y confundirse a uno mismo.

 

Now…Have a look to the idioms and to the meanings and try to match them up-Challenge on!

 

Take your time, no rush, copy them in your notebook and play around with them

 

When you are ready come back or keep reading to find out the answers

 

SOLUTIONS

 

1-Ir de maravilla b)Cuando algo va/marcha genial

We used when we are having a good moment in life, we look everything through rose, lo vemos todo color de rosahttp://spanishconnectionedinburgh.co.uk/spanish-idioms-that-use-colours/ you can find more expressions with colour here

2-Ser una lata h)Algo es muy aburrido

To express something is really boring, because what can be more bore than a tin?

3-Ir con pies de plomo e)Tener cuidado, no confiarse o hacer algo prestando atención a los detalles.

Plomo means lead, which is very heavy that means we have have lead in our feet we will go really slow, which will allow us to take it easy and have a second thought about everything

4-A pan y agua g)Tener poco o lo básico de algo

Pan y agua or in English “bread and water” is the minimum we need to survive, so if we just have that, we have the basics, enough to keep us going.

5-Ir al grano i)No andarse por las ramas o dando rodeos, ir directamente a lo importante.

When we want the main thing, we do not want someone bite around the bush, we want the important thing!

6-(pasar/tener)una mala racha a)No estar en el mejor momento

It is the opposite of number 1 “ir de maravilla”,we use when sometimes we are not that optimistic as we are having a hard time, can be for a specific reason or just in general. Instead of see everything through rose we see everything black-“lo vemos todo negro”

7-Hacerse un lío j)Complicarse, pensar más de lo que se debe y confundirse a uno mismo.

Sometimes we over think and  make a mess in our brains so we get confused, when that happens, we “nos hacemos un lío”

8-Llover sobre mojado c)No es nada nuevo, no nos pilla por sorpresa, es algo que ya sabemos o esperamos

When it rains over something that is already wet it is not much of a difference in the pavement is it? Same with old news, or things we expected.

9- Estar chupado f)Algo que es muy fácil

Used when something is really easy, as easy as we think someone else have licked so it is easier for us “to swallow”, obviously now literally

10-Un sinfín d)Gran cantidad de algo

When something is endless is means there a lot of things in it.

 

As you see I haven’t given any examples for the idioms above, which I usually do, but…this week that is your homework , I am going to give you some sentences and you need to find the expression that suit each of the sentences best 🙂  if you want to check if you are right, just leave a comment below and I will have a look and let you know-exciting!

 

1-No me cuentes historias, __________ ¡ responde a mi pregunta!

 

2-Si estás pensando en ir a la conferencia sobre educación, no vayas, _________________.

 

3-Yo que tú no confiaría tanto en él, lo acabas de conocer, __________________

 

4-¿Has escuchado las nuevas noticias sobre corrupción en España? ¡ La verdad no sé de que me sorprendo _____________!

 

5-Hace mucho que mi pareja no me compra un regalo, me tiene ________________

 

6-El examen ____________, creo que voy a sacar muy buena nota.

 

7 and 8-Ahora mismo ________________, parece que tengo ______________________de problemas

 

9-La verdad es que no me puedo quejar, tengo un buen trabajo, un hombre que me quiere, la vida ____________

 

10-No sé si lo he entendido bien o no….¿a ti también te parece difícil o __________________?

 

Looking forward to reading your answers.

I hope you enjoyed this new format and you have learnt lots today 🙂  now it is your turn, if you liked the blog please share it with a fellow learner who could benefit from it and enjoy it, I would be so grateful if you help me to spread the message around 🙂

Now it is enough of me, have a good day and I will write you soon.

 

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