Seeking dictionary of Spanish idioms
Thread poster: Ashley Wans

Ashley Wans  Identity Verified
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May 11, 2011

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a dictionary of Spanish idiomatic phrases. A bilingual English-Spanish version would be great, but a monolingual Spanish version would work also. Searching Amazon thus far hasn't found me any options. Does anyone here know of such a dictionary and/or where I could find one?

Thanks for your help!


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Marianela Melleda  Identity Verified
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"Modismos" in Spanish May 11, 2011

I looked through Amazon by the word "modismos" and I found some books which could be of help. Anyway, I think that it is difficult to find many idioms which are the same for all the Spanish speaking countries.

In internet I found an Spanish dictionary of idioms which is divided by countries of origin, it could also be helpful to you: http://www.jergasdehablahispana.org/.


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Ashley Wans  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the input and link! May 11, 2011

Marianela Melleda wrote:

I looked through Amazon by the word "modismos" and I found some books which could be of help. Anyway, I think that it is difficult to find many idioms which are the same for all the Spanish speaking countries.

In internet I found an Spanish dictionary of idioms which is divided by countries of origin, it could also be helpful to you: http://www.jergasdehablahispana.org/.


All the variation is part of why I am seeking some sort of resource or reference. I don't get a huge amount of work that invloves idiomatic phrases that are unfamiliar, but I have gotten some and it would be nice to have something that gives thorough explanations (or at least some kind of explanation) about the phrases.

Now I'm off to take a look at the link!


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Just in case it is important May 11, 2011

Can you tell us what flavours of Spanish do you translate from/into?

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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Big Red Book May 11, 2011

The Big Red Book of Spanish Idioms (Peter Weibel/McGraw Hill) is excellent and inexpensive. It's ordered by key words, which makes it quite easy to find your way to a particular idiom. And it gives the English equivalent or an explanation if there isn't a common equivalent.
HTH


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Ashley Wans  Identity Verified
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Perfect! May 12, 2011

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

The Big Red Book of Spanish Idioms (Peter Weibel/McGraw Hill) is excellent and inexpensive. It's ordered by key words, which makes it quite easy to find your way to a particular idiom. And it gives the English equivalent or an explanation if there isn't a common equivalent.
HTH


Thank you! This is exactly the sort of thing I was looking for.


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Simon Dean  Identity Verified
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Barron's 2001 Spanish and English Idioms May 12, 2011

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spanish-English-Barrons-Foreign-Language/dp/0764137441/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1305181339&sr=8-6

I just bought the book myself the other day, and it's really worth it as a resource! I keep it handy on my shelf right next to where I work.

It's a half-and-half. You can find Spanish idioms and their respective English ones in the front of the book, and vice-versa in the back of the book.

Hope this helps!

Kind regards,

Simon.


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Thierry Jamez  Identity Verified
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An easy tool May 12, 2011

Good morning Ashley,

Your question reminded me an old book lying on my bookshelves. “Refranero español, Collección de 8.000 refranes populares ordenados, concordados y explicados por JOSE BERGUA, published in 1977… This is of course a treasure of all kinds of Spanish idioms.

However, this leads us to a very inexpensive tool!
I suggest that you google the terms “refranero español”, dichos, refranes, etc.
This leads you to thousands of links.
Probably even to other treasures!

Best regards,

Thierry


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Another suggestion May 12, 2011

Another book which has worked for me many times:

Diccionario fraseológico documentado del español actual (locuciones y modismos españoles), by Manuel Seco/Olimpia Andrés/Gabino Ramos, Aguilar Lexicografía, ISBN 84-294-7674-1.

I can recommend all Aguilar Lexicografía books in general!

Good luck with it!


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Claudia Reali  Identity Verified
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Instituto Cervantes repository Mar 16, 2012

Hello everyone!
Here's a link to Instituto Cervantes:

http://cvc.cervantes.es/lengua/refranero/Default.aspx

It's an online repository of idiomatic expressions in several languages. It still needs much work done but it's growing little by little.

Best!

Clau


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