Uruguayan Proverbs

By | November 26, 2015

Sayings of Uruguayan origin

In time of war, any hole is trench

You don’t study to be a fool.

Find as much love as was given by your father and mother many times.

He who doesn’t die on the battlefield slips in the bathtub.

Don’t take every ill to the doctor, or every quarrel to the lawyer, or every thirst to the tavern.

God helps The early bird.

He who doesn’t die on the battlefield slips in the bathtub.

Gifts break rocks and melt hearts.

The favor of a man in power is like a summer shower.

A stolen object brings no joy to one’s heart.

Better to marry a neighbor than a stranger.

Cunning is better than force.

That which is done at night appears in the day.

Better to lose a minute in your life than your life in a minute.

Time will give you the best disguise.

Uruguay, officially the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, is a country in the southeastern region of South America. It is bordered by Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to the south and southeast. Uruguay is home to 3.3 million people. Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America after Suriname.( external link to Wikipedia page on Uruguay for further reading!)
Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated in the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata.

Uruguayan Spanish has some modifications due to the considerable number of Italian immigrants. Immigrants used to speak a mixture of Italian and Spanish known as ‘cocoliche’ and some of the words are still commonly used by the population. English is common in the business world and its study has risen significantly in recent years, especially among the young. Other languages include Portuguese and Portuñol (a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese). Both are spoken in the northern regions near the Brazilian border.

“Orientales, la Patria o la Tumba” is The National Anthem of Uruguay. ( Watch Youtube Video)
Lyrics:

Orientals, the Fatherland or the grave,
Liberty or with glory we die!
Orientals, the Fatherland or the grave,
Liberty or with glory we die!
It is the vow that the soul pronounces,
and which we, heroes, will fulfill!
It is the vow that the soul pronounces,
and which we, heroes, will fulfill.
Which we will fulfill!
It is the vow that the soul pronounces,
and which we, heroes, will fulfill.
Which we will fulfill!
We will fulfill!
We will fulfill!
We will fulfill!
Liberty, Liberty, Orientals!
This cry saved the fatherland
Which her brave warriors, in fierce battles
with sublime enthusiasm fill´d.
Liberty, Liberty, Orientals!
This cry saved the fatherland
Which her brave warriors, in fierce battles
with sublime enthusiasm fill’d.
This Holy gift of Glory we have deserved
Tyrants: Tremble !
Tyrants: Tremble !
Tyrants: Tremble ! Ah!
Liberty in combat we will Cry Out!
And even dying, Freedom we shall also Shout !
Liberty in combat we will Cry Out!
And even dying, Freedom we shall also Shout !
And even dying, Freedom we shall also Shout !
Freedom we shall also Shout !
Freedom we shall also Shout !
Orientals, our nation or the grave,
Liberty or with glory we die!
Orientals, our nation or the grave,
Liberty or with glory we die!
It’s the vow that the soul pronounces,
and which we, heroes, will fulfill.
It’s the vow that the soul pronounces,
and which we, heroes, will fulfill.
Which we will fulfill!
It’s the vow that the soul pronounces,
and which we, heroes, will fulfill.
Which we will fulfill!
We will fulfill!
We will fulfill!
We will fulfill!

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