tend to use proverbs to comment on a situation, often at the end of a true story some has
told, or in response to some event.
Warnings / advice / morals
B) Key elements
Proverbs can also be grouped by some key elements, for example, animals and birds.
- When the cat's away, the mice will play. ( = people will take adavantage of someone else's absence to behave more freely).
- You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. ( = you can try to persuade someone, but you can't force them) (lead = conducir, llevar)
- One swallow doesn't make a summer. ( = one positive sign does not mean all will be well). (swallow = golondrina).
There is no smoke without fire. (= rumours are usually based on some degree of truth). (smoke = humo)
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. ( = don't criticise others' faults if you suffer from them yourself). (glass houses = casas de cristal)
Many hands make a light work. ( = a lot of people helping makes a job easier).
Too many cooks spoil the broth. ( = too many people interfering is a bad way of doing things). (cooks = cocineros; spoil = hechar a perder; broth = caldo)
2. All that glitters is not gold. ( No todo lo que brilla es oro ) 3. There is no smoke without fire. (Cuándo el rio suena agua lleva). 4. Never look a gifted horse in the mouth. (A caballo regalado no le mires los dientes).