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Sound Like A Native Speaker: 07 Spanish Idioms Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Spanish Vocabulary

Hey there!

You probably know by now that Spanish idioms are an important part of everyday conversation so we’re going to kiss March goodbye with seven very cool (and common) Spanish idioms.

¿Estás listo? ¡Adelante con los faroles!

01. Tomar el pelo = to make fun of, to pull somebody’s leg

No puedes estar hablando en serio. ¡Me estás tomando el pelo!
You can’t be serious. You’re pulling my leg!

02. Ser pan comido = to be extremely easy, to be a piece of cake

No tendrás mucha dificuldad con el nuevo proyecto. Es pan comido.
You won’t have a lot of difficulty with the new project. It’s a piece of cake.

03. No tener pelos en la lengua = to tell it like it is, to be very honest

Si no quieres una respuesta directa, no le preguntes nada. No tiene pelo en la lengua.
If you don’t want an honest answer, don’t ask her anything. She tells it like it is.

04. Tirar la casa por la ventana = to spend a lot of money

Cuando celebra su cumpleaños, tira la casa por la ventana.
When he celebrates his birthday, he spends a lot of money.

05. Estar hecho un ají = to be extremely angry

Estaba hecho un ají cuando le dijeron que habían abollado su auto.
He was POD when they told him his car had been dented.

06. Empezar la casa por el tejado = to put the cart before the horse

Vamos a organizarnos, no se puede empezar la casa por el tejado.
Let’s get organized, you can’t put the cart before the horse.

07. Tener un humor de perros = to be in a bad mood

Siempre tiene un humor de perros cuando su equipo no gana el partido.
He’s always in a bad mood when his team doesn’t win the game.


Tener más lana que un borrego = to be very rich, to be loaded

Pagó toda la cuenta porque tiene más lana que un borrego.
He paid the whole check because he’s loaded.

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.