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Spanish Phrase Friday — Mientras hay vida hay esperanza

Just like in English, Spanish has common phrases that are used in everyday speech. It can be a HUGE help to just learn some of these because they can keep you engaged in a conversation where you might have gotten lost otherwise. Spanish phrases like these are also a lot of fun to say! If you are interested in reviewing other high frequency vocabulary, check out the free Read to Speak Spanish videos.

Read Spanish Phrases — Mientras hay vida hay esperanza

Spanish Saying

Mientras hay vida, hay esperanza.
As long as there is life, there is hope.
Literally: While there is life there is hope.

When should I use this Spanish phrase?

Use this phrase to express a determination to never give up or to inspire someone who is down in the dumps. 

 

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Spanish Phrase Friday — Más vale tarde que nunca

Just like in English, Spanish has common phrases that are used in everyday speech. It can be a HUGE help to just learn some of these because they can keep you engaged in a conversation where you might have gotten lost otherwise. Spanish phrases like these are also a lot of fun to say!

Read Spanish Phrases — Más vale tarde que nunca — Better late than never. 

Read Spanish Phrases — Más vale tarde que nunca — Better late than never. 

Spanish Saying

Más vale tarde que nunca.
Better late than never.
Literally: It's worth more late than never.

When should I use this Spanish phrase?

Just like in English, you can say "Más vale tarde que nunca" when you do something late, but you get it done. You can also use this phrase when you arrive somewhere later than expected.

Spanish Phrase — Zapatero, a tus zapatos

Just like in English, Spanish has common phrases that are used in everyday speech. It can be a HUGE help to just learn some of these because they can keep you engaged in a conversation where you might have gotten lost otherwise. Spanish phrases like these are also a lot of fun to say! 


Read Spanish Phrases — Zapatero, a tus zapatos.

Read Spanish Phrases — Zapatero, a tus zapatos.

Spanish Saying

Zapatero, a tus zapatos.
Stick to what you know.
Literally: Shoemaker, to your shoes.

When should I use this Spanish phrase?

Imagine you are in expert at using Instagram. You have 15,000 followers, and a friend is asking how she can get more for her own account. Now imagine another friend butts his way into the conversation (he only has 10 followers) and gives the first friend really bad advice. You could say to him,  "Zapatero, a tus zapatos."

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O Cristo Redentor — El Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 

¡Vamos a Brasil! — Let's go to Brazil! 

Did you know that the official language of Brazil is Portuguese? If you can speak some Spanish you'll have a great head start on learning Portuguese!