Los refranes: Pills of wisdom (B2)

arbolJanuary has almost gone and it’s been a soft winter in Spain. On the contrary, this has been one of the coldest months in some countries’ history. The weather rules our lives and the popular culture reminds us of it.

In all languages we can find those old sayings, which are some kind of pills of wisdom. We call them refranes. Everybody uses the refranes, not only those old women who live in a little village in the north of Spain, but also politicians or writers.

And what is one of the refranes’ favourite topics? Of course, el tiempo (the weather). Today we’re going to learn twelve refranes, one for each month of the year.

  1. En las mañanas de enero, ni se dan los buenos días, ni se quitan los sombreros. (In the mornings of January, don’t say good morning or take your hat off).
  2. En febrero, un día al sol y otro al brasero. (In February, one day in the sun and other next to the brazier).
  3. Marzo varía siete veces al día. (March changes seven times a day).
  4. En abril, aguas mil (In April thousands of rains).
  5. Hasta el cuarenta de mayo, no te quites el sayo. (Don’t take the coat off until the 40th of May).
  6. Cielo de junio, limpio como ninguno (The sky in June, clear as any other).
  7. En julio al mucho calor, ajo blanco y melón. (In July, when it’s too hot, white garlic and melon).
  8. Cuando llueve en agosto, llueve miel y llueve mosto (When it rains in August, it rains honey and rains wort).
  9. En septiembre, a fin de mes, el calor vuelve otra vez. (At the end of September, the heat comes back again).
  10. En octubre, de hojas el campo se cubre. (In October, the countryside is covered with leaves).
  11. A primeros de noviembre, tu fuego enciende (At the beginning of November, start your fire).
  12. En diciembre, se hielan las cañas y se asan las castañas. (In December, canes freeze and chestnuts are roasted).

I’m sure, our students on www.spanishviaskype.com will guess what the weather is like, in Spain, just reading these refranes. If you want to learn Spanish via Skype with us, why don’t you send us any refranes in your language?

By | 2017-07-04T17:04:33+00:00 enero 29th, 2014|B2, Words made in Spain|Sin comentarios

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I was born in Badajoz (Extremadura) and I currently live in Bilbao (Basque Country). I studied a Bachelor degree in Spanish Language and Literature and an International House degree as a qualified teacher of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I think languages are the key that opens the doors to new cultures and I love teaching mine.

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