"Las palabras se las lleva el viento."

Translation:Actions speak louder than words.

December 19, 2013

199 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arrotino

Fortunately I only had to type what I heard. It only took me about a dozen replays in the tortoise mode to figure out "lleva". Once I saw what I'd written, I still couldn't figure out what it meant. Before I started Duolingo, I thought I knew a little bit, but each day I find I know less and less. Soon I will know nothing.

November 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aumbria

To my suprise, "Words get carried away by the wind" is right aswell!!! Kaboom! Mind blown!!!

July 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myrrha01

That's an accurate literal translation of the saying. On a more abstract, figurative level it corresponds to the English proverb: Actions speak louder than words. Good job!

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariannaAlfaro

aumbria, I'm sorry. i actually did "words get carried out the window" at the time. so yes; your mind is blown and so is mine. ;)

November 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

You can "edit" your own posts. I'm not saying you should edit them, but it appears you're using the "reply" function in lieu of editing. Just an FYI.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobCrownsSuck

Well done, I weeks later whilst DL correct was mystified by the Spanish, llevar is so over loaded with many possible meanings

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariannaAlfaro

liar. i tried. didn't work.

November 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariannaAlfaro

to aumbria

November 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArchitBhat1

Wisdom is accepting that you know nothing

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnGastil

Even Jon Snow knows that.

September 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DejaSalirlaLuz

Words are wind, my friend.

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DejaSalirlaLuz

(Dem book references, doe)

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/germano_germino

Seems this user used up all knowledge and deactivated at "nada" ;-)

August 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RSvanKeure

The verb sounds like "chiva".

March 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David__Jorge

She is probably Argentinian or Uruguayan. Ah, regional variation, another challenge for us beginners.

July 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grace780329

Hi David! There is a problem with the voice of the robot, it sound like double in the word " lleva", no es una variación regional. Saludos:)

November 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David__Jorge

Hmm, this is definitely not how it sounded 4 months ago. Then, it sounded like "cheva". That's why I suggested regional variation. Now, it seems like they have tried to fix it. It sounds like "lleva" but as if there are two recordings a little out of phase, as you suggest. Is that the "duo" in Duolingo?! ;-)

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doc802085

I played it over and over and over on slow mode and I still could not figure it out.

My best guess ended up being " tiuga", but I knew that wasn't going to be correct.

July 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobCrownsSuck

They say, "shjo soy", ay-shj-a, te shjamo, "cómo te shjamas", la shjama & so on to.

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/a.abbasi

In Argentina (and maybe some other countries) "ll" is pronounced as an english "j" but in Spain its pronounced "y"

February 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malachi_Ueta

Wow....that was actually pretty deep, amigo.

July 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myrrha01

All beginners get perplexed at one point by how little they know or even if they do have some basics by how much more is left for them to learn. Don't back down.

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hg3UVt

you know, my friend, that sounds good and all, but all beginners actually get perplexed by how ridiculous some of DL really is; for example, the title sentence is so out of whack with the alleged English translation that no one could possible make sense of it, especially since there is also a Spanish saying that much more accurately matches the English saying, actions speak louder than words, that being "las acciones hablan mas de las palabras". The above (subject) sentence translates nicely to "words are like dust in the wind", but that saying isn't offered as a fair translation; this is a point of frustration, not being ignorant~!!!

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobCrownsSuck

It's an idiom, try explaining raining cats & dogs. Learn the proverb equivalent proverbs, not translate word for word! That's the real lesson

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Yes, and something to ignore unless you're into proverbs. I personally do not find any value in these so-called idioms, but I happily play along. I just provide a more word-for-word translation and Duo is generally very forgiving. So, we remain friends.

I doubt Duo will accept a partial lyric from Kansas as a "saying," but you never know. It was a Billboard top 10 hit after all.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myrrha01

the Tortoise Mode? Lol !! You're hilarious

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stormin4

I feel your pain!

November 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hg3UVt

Well, once you get to knowing nothing, perhaps you can find employment with DL ! lol

November 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/serenittee

That's exactly same thing that happened to me!

May 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SheepLikeOnions

me too

November 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/charlotte563098

I like the way you think!

February 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrein

haha funny! :)

November 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valgal707

The answer, my friend...is blowin' in the wind.

January 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thebreef

I went for Bob Dylan too!

November 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martind611973

You must have missed because he hit Simon's guitar.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanhitaGui

Is this, what it literally translates into?

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dansmisterdans

I went for "You are like a hurricane"

July 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdamMasters

can anyone explain this one?

December 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tangaloor

Literally, this means something akin to 'Words are carried away by the wind." So, it's kind of like words carry no weight unless they are backed up by action. I hope that helps.

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scottann

I wanted to try: <Words are but wind> but I don't think DL would have accepted it...

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mmmumich

I did try that. It didn't. But I think it should, if this is the literal translation

July 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KyleBotten

where was the "by"?

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tangaloor

Well, technically, it doesn't actually exist in the sentence. 'The wind carries away words' is probably a little more accurate in terms of sentence structure.

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonaldGree3

Now I get it. Thank you

December 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas268453

I tried: "The words are blown to the wind." Too literal.

May 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/art47538

I put 'Words are taken away by the wind.' and it was accepted. 2017/6/20

June 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mamatabs

There is no "blown" in the sentence. Only "taken" or "carried"

August 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dai260917

Nor is there any "actions" nor "louder" if we are into literalism. They choose to allow idiomatic translations which, in the English speaking world, are many and various. They should be equally valid.

August 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myrrha01

Have you ever said or heard anyone actually say "my words are/get taken away by the wind"?

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mariajosegrech

I am a native Spanish speaker, and the right meaning of this proverb is that words are not valid for the law, because they "fly up by the wind", only written agreements are valid for that purpose. So the Duolingo translation is not the right meaning of it, there is nothing to see with actions, but that you cannot trust on agreements which are only promised.

May 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j27tango

Thanks for the insight about how the phrase is used in Spanish. I'm guessing that your meaning would be "Put it down in writing" or something similar.

Still, I can see what Duolingo is trying to say with "Actions speak louder than words." That would translate as "Words are cheap" in American English.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mariajosegrech

Thank you, I did not know how it could be in American English. I appreciate it.

May 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gr8rubs

Sort of like: talk is cheap.

February 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lostherd

Why isn't the words are taken by the wind acceptable?

January 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valgal707

"Words are carried away by the wind" is accepted now.

February 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

Great, I guess. It's a more literal translation. ... The problem is that if you went around saying "Words are carried away by the wind" most English speakers would want to know what you've been smoking. :)

March 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

I'm a native English speaker, and "Words go up in smoke," my connotative translation," didn't get accepted. My first idea, however, was "Words ... wind."

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ihascookie174

I have no idea that's what I tried to. :l

January 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herb13

I have dreaded completing the first idiom lesson for two reasons:

(1) while it's was fun to try to figure out the idioms, I've read very little commentary about how widespread and acurrate these idioms are. Appropriate in Spain, Latin America, Mexico, all Spanish speaking cultures? Do native speakers actually use these idioms or are they contrived by DL's bot?

(2) Practice Weak Skills is now dominated by idioms rather than allowing me to practice more fundamental Spanish. Sure, I can memorize the idioms, but see #1.

(3) wouldn't it be more helpful if DL would program the bot to create more sentences for Practice Weak Skills, rather than ad nauseum repetition of the same sentences (slightly altered at times)?

(4) OK, while I'm at it: DL has gone to sleep at the switch for personal pronunciation on iPads (true for tablets?). Two things are happening for me (maybe not you?) (a) DL doesn't recognize anything I say in Spanish, no matter how simple, so I just press "not now" after repeatedly getting "Hmm, that's doesn't sound quite right" OR (b)...this is funny. It works like a charm and marks me correct before I finish speaking. A few days ago, I answered "Thank goodness it's Friday" to some unrelated sentence I was supposed to speak in Spanish. I was marked "correct!" Gotta love that.

OK, I know the price is right for DL and I've learned a lot, but....

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roger_Burke

I am willing to bet there is no "bot" creating the sentences. I suspect the sentences are "human generated" and they are fed to a bot that parses the sentences and then puts together words taken from a sound library. As for idioms, I am surprised at the number of English speakers that are not familiar with common English idioms, I am sure it is the same with Spanish speakers. The only time I encounter ad nauseum repetition is when I make ad nauseum errors. Also repetition is necessary because you can have the spoken question, the english to spanish translation, the spanish to english translation and the multiple choice version. Given the Spanish written question is usually the easiest because it is a passive test, all the words are given to you and you don't need to search your memory. English to Spanish is more difficult as the onus is on you to select from any number of ways to translate the sentence. And you have to rely on a Spanish memory bank that is not as well developed as your native language. Multiple choice works another part of your brain in that you are given similar competing translations and you are being tested on how well you discriminate between similar choices and recognize the same sentence with just a gender difference. Actually DL's strength is it's mathematical basis for comparing user progress with differing testing techniques. DL is more or less a permanent work in progress because there are an almost infinite number of ways to intensify and speed the learning process. Testing infinite methods, as you might guess is a long and drawn out process so don't expect an ultimate version any time soon. However, if you are learning faster than DL is evolving it is time to travel to Spain, or download Spanish movies, or cultivate Spanish friends to supplement DL.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herb13

Roger, you're preaching to the choir and I respectfully submit that you missed my point almost entirely (especially the first one). I live in Ecuador and I swim in Spanish all day. I've run a couple of the idioms past natives here; they've never heard them; Ecuadorians are a small sample admittedly. I also love DL and have been one of its staunchest advocates. I also don't need the cognitive psychology "lecture" about learning theory. That was my profession, the way I put food on the table for decades.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roger_Burke

I don't think I missed the point. I live in the US and have made a reasonable living from words and images. I know many native English speakers who don't recognize the English versions of these idioms. It is not that they are idiots, but they are are inordinately proud of how many books they have not read. As for being a "professional," they are the worst to discuss anything with as they know everything.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herb13

Roger, the chip on your shoulder must be a heavy one. As a professional, I learned something every day, or most every day. True professionals are open to discussion and continue to read more books to stay abreast of changes, nuances, et. al. That said, some professionals are stodgy and arrogant; most aren't. Methinks you are young and can defy gravity :-) One day wisdom will come if you're open to this sort of thing, I wish you the best...sincerely.

August 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SheepLikeOnions

dude, if he says you missed HIS point, you did! he had an idea to say something, and you thought about it differently. I'm glad your being respectful to each other but just ask what herb means then.

November 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/The.Other.Caleb

Very good point, Alex! I don't intend to miss it. :)

February 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LindaKrich1

Hey. Roger, I think you're right on! I' ve found DL a lot of fun, despite my mistakes and theirs. i'm not quite ready for News in Slow [Spanish] yet, but i think i've gained more confidence about trying to converse a bit with the bilingual gal who works for my cellphone provider when i next go in to pay my bill.

December 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/germano_germino

I excitedly got the idioms with my first lingots and

  • Totally agree on your point 1,2 and 3 , and about

  • your point 4: Everything I spoke into the microphone was alway right, even if I accidentally hit the record button twice, so that nothing was recorded. So I turned of the record function and maybe because of that I get asked more questions, which then brings up another point:

  • it is way to advanced for a beginner like me to have to translate an entire sentence into an entire other sentence with different vocabulary without even having been taught the single words before. So alltogether:

In my opinion idioms should grow on you - one lesson is enough to get to take a look into the evolution and culture of the spanish language.

August 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herb13

And, as it turns out, Ecuadorians rarely use the idioms generated by DL; Argentinians and Colombians don't either based on conversations with a small sample of them. They have cool alternatives...refrascas is the word I was taught for idioms. Mark Twain and Ben Franklin would have been proud :-)

August 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JorgeSegni

Argentina here. I can't speak for the whole country but at least in Buenos Aires, most of these idioms ("refranes" for us) are common place.

February 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herb13

Jorge, muchas gracias por tu aclaración.. As I said, my sample size for Argentina was small. Two Argentinians who still live here in Cuenca. I play music with both of them at local clubs. My comment is so old that I cannot remember some idioms they told me were common in Córdoba.

February 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KathrynBel4

Yes! the IPad practice goes the same random approval or rejection for me. So I just skip it after trying yelling or whispering. I didn't try nonsense phrases, but might as well have. I will pay for an upgrade if it works well enough, so it is in the best interests for even the freebee to work well. Also, some of the English is not grammatically correct. I have not corrected, but would like to do so.

January 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

I suspect that this is part of the overall Duo program. It's probably some sort of logarithm collecting a sufficient number of objections. When that number is reached, staff probably looks at the issue. With millions of people contributing, it probably takes a while for all of the relevant feedback to get addressed.

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArnasBr

Maybe someone find this useful:

"SE" in this sentence are using as a reflexive pronoun (himself, herself, itself, themselves) which change verb ''llevar- carry'' to reflexive ''llevarse - carry by itself''.

''LAS'' after the ''SE'' is a direct object pronoun which change the object ''Las palabras'' to direct object. Without ''LAS" the sentence "Las palabras se lleva el viento" would mean: ''The words by themselves carry the wind'' instead of ''The wind by itself carry the words''.

October 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

While your effort to help is laudable and should be encouraged, I do not agree with your explanations.

First, llevarse is not a reflexive verb. There is no himself, herself, etc. implied. It is what is called a pronominal verb and has a different meaning than the non-pronominal form, llevar. In this sentence, it means the wind takes/carries the words wherever it happens to be blowing. Duo translates it as the words being taken or carried away.

Second, "las" is the direct object complement to "las palabras," which I believe is what you were trying to say and that is correct. However, you can't just omit it. Removing "las" would not switch the role of subject and object. It would simply render the sentence ungrammatical. "las palabras" still cannot be the subject because "se lleva" is singular. If "el viento" is not the subject, then some unidentified he/she/it must be. If you assume the latter, then the whole sentence starts to sound like gibberish (not that the proverb is all that great.)

I apologize if I sound curt. I don't mean to be rude, but my comment is already too long for most people reading the discussions.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanVitek

Muchas gracias por la explicación.

February 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexreg90

Many thanks, this was very confusing!

September 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hesolomon

This may be helpful. "Llevarse" means "to transport." So the sentence is "the wind transports the words."

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ConchiCastillo

In case someone should be interested, an equivalent idiom for "actions speak louder than words" is, "obras son amores" or "obras son amores y no buenas razones" (full version).

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tessbee

Thank you for this, Conchita!

July 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adder3

Why is lleva pronounced chiva

August 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Casiquire

Sometimes Spanish-speakers add a bit more oomph to the sounds that are comparable with the English Y-sound. They'll do this in many words like "yo", "ayer", "llaves", etc. Another pronunciation nuance is the way that the letter V is often pronounced like a soft B, and the actual letter B is often pronounced softly as well, almost like a V. Regional accents do affect these things as well.

March 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roger_Burke

Because the "las" is run together with the "lleva" and it comes out sounding like "la sheva." Here is where it would be good to have a number of different voices run through a randomizer. At least one male voice would be helpful.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adder3

Yes I think alternative voices/regional pronunciations would be really helpful.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

Sounds good on paper. However, how are the listeners supposed to know which pronunciation is from which region? If the listeners learn different pronunciations from different regions, they might sound ridiculous, like drunkards or ignorant, pretentious people.

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adder3

If you use more than one source to learn Spanish you probably would anyway.

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tasosv

i think the ''sheva'' accent is from Argentina,in castellano(spain) as i know is ''yeva'' .i think duolingo's accent is latino no castellano

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wanderingivy

I'm pretty sure it's a regional thing

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StephenTkacs

On normal speed she sounds drunk. I had to slow this one down

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/reinae2

Should be pronounced 'yeva' the "ll" is a 'y' sound. Like in tortilla

September 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolop17

"Words are wind."

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jcmick84

Very GoT

December 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DejaSalirlaLuz

All my book nerds say, "SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!"

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kalynne9

Why is "away" necessary? ¨Words are carried by the wind" was rejected. Is it because lleva is reflexive here?

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elena690359

I am so confused. Please help

April 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j27tango

It helps me to think about translating it almost word for word: "The words itself them carries the wind," while the syntax in English would make more sense if it was "El viento se las lleva las palabras."

April 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elena690359

Gracias :)

April 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Note that llevarse is not reflexive in the sense you have tried to use it. The pronominal form merely changes the meaning of llevar from take/carry something to take/carry something away (with the subject).

I like that you rewrote the sentence to something a little more accessible to English speakers, though others may not realize that in subject-verb-object order you would actually omit "las." In any case, this word order would read something like, "wind carries away words" (the definite articles are optional, depending on how you apply the sentence).

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hesolomon

Is this also correct? "El viento se las lleva las palabras."

February 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danniyelle

"El viento se lleva las palabras", las has no sense in this sentence, it's right but sounds a bit strange

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valgal707

That would be "The windows are carried by the words."

February 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AurosHarman

"Window" is la ventana. The only thing "las" could agree with, the way he's arranged it, is "las palabras". But I think if you're putting a direct object after the verb, rather than left-shifting it for emphasis, you don't need to also include its clitic pronoun. So it would just be, "El viento se lleva las palabras." The wind carries off the words. Which doesn't have quite the same ring as, "Words are carried off by the wind," which is a closer match for, "Las palabras se las lleva el viento."

The thing that annoys me is that the idiom I think matches best to this in English, "Talk is cheap," isn't accepted as a translation.

February 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

"Talk is cheap" would be immediately understood by most English speakers, I think. It should be accepted.

March 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesWashi

That seems more like "habla es barato" would be that.

November 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

That's a literal Spanish translation of one potential English equivalent to "Las palabras se las lleva el viento."

It's nice that that "Habla es barato" actually makes sense when translated literally into English. However, I don't know if a native Spanish speaker would be likely to say "Habla es barato" or perhaps even "Las palabras son baratos."

I would guess that Spanish speakers with a good knowledge of English might. Out of curiosity, if I can remember, I'll try to ask some of the native Spanish speakers I know about this one. Or maybe one of the native speakers here could answer.

But anyway, I don't think the fact that "Habla es barato" makes good sense translated literally back into English lessens the value of using "Talk is cheap" as an English equivalent to "Las palabras se las lleva el viento."

November 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mehmetomer5

How is it actions speak louder than words?

May 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hifrommars

It is very similar to our Turkish idiom "Lafla peynir gemisi yürümez " which means "u can say many things and give promises but if u do nothing then you wont reach anywhere.. you must do something "

September 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jnavarrob

Its more like, words are just dust in the wind. The spanish and english translation have no corralation.

October 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valgal707

I gave you a lingot because I love Kansas.

October 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SagnikC

"Words are leaves, deeds are fruits." This is also a similar adage in English.

December 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Diego774868

umm, it was EXTREMELY hard to know what it was saying...

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j27tango

Maybe you could consider it poetic language, like "Neither a borrower or a lender be." It would be a lot easier if the Spanish saying was something like "The wind blows words away."

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rositaconamor

Poor pnounciation of word "lleva"

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David__Jorge

Or someone from Argentina speaking "Porteño" Spanish where the ll and y sound like sh or in our example almost ch.

October 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dd1Fbr

the audio voice pronounces lleva as CHEEVA. I listened to it 5 times and never got lleva. Is this really how lleva is pronounced??

February 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IshYaBoiLava

Same here...

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HagueAndrew

Action speaks louder than words was not accepted and I think should be.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/germano_germino

Maybe their database only compares entire idioms and no single words, which is why they probably were looking for "Actions speak..."

However, I think this should not be the case and Duolingo should find a way to handle idioms more flexible to accommodate cases like yours.

August 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mistico19

Could someone explain the meaning of "se" in this sentence?

January 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErnestoEnrique

I too wanted to understand it grammatically. (I know it is just an idiom.) What parts of speech are the "se" and especially the "las". How can one tell which is the subject and which is the direct object? Who can map it out for me?

January 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregHullender

A large number of Spanish verbs have these "pseudo reflexive" forms that change their meanings.

Llevarse is to steal, make off with, etc. "Words? The wind makes off with them" might be the best way to translate this.

March 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

Read ArnasBradu's comment.

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Except he was not correct. I think GregHullender nailed it.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HanyZakari

The words are gone with the wind ☺

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Valesa8

How do they get "action speaks louder than words" out of "the words are taken away by the wind?"

September 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brackenwood3

herb 13 - Totally agree with your comment re-sentences "ad nauseam" in the Strengthen Skills section. I feel as if I'm getting nowhere at present.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddie819106

I'd like to see the literal translation of these proverbs, as it's hard to learn what the words mean if we're just given an English version of the saying.

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Just try to give your own "literal translation" and Duo will grade you accordingly (i.e., it will correct the literal translation rather than how close you got to the proverb). One problem with so-called literal translations is that they may make absolutely no sense. It's one way to test your command of grammar I suppose, since sensibleness won't be much of a guide.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dnatenewell

We used to use that to provoke a fight amongst two people that were arguing. In a situation like that action does a lot more than words

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryGoodma2

Literal translation is so much more poetic than the equivalent in English. Had to Google it to find out.

June 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cubeheater

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June 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KellyBeres1

Gracias now am really confused

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dai260917

Why not accept the common saying "words are cheap". After all, there is no literal reference to actions as such.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j27tango

¡Estoy de acuerdo, absolutamente!

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suetois

I said "Talk is cheap," and it was accepted.

November 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/your_welcome

It told me that this means "actions speak louder then words." But the literal translation is something like words are taken the wind. I love spaniah but sometimes it makes no sense.

July 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dai260917

Doesn't the literal translation say " taken TO the wind", meaning blown away to nothing?

July 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

No, it's closer to "carried away by the wind."

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IvanGNunez

"A las palabras se las lleva el viento"

August 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nehemiah30608

Okay. So I think I finally understand this one, and why Duolingo translates it as "actions speak louder than words". So, the sentence means "words are carried away by the wind." This means that words don't have much weight and are easily carried away. It is implying that while words are easily carried away, actions aren't as easily carried away.

August 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/T_Late

What is wrong with the translation "The wind steals the words" as a direct translation?

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dai260917

Probably because it is in the active form and the sentence in Spanish is in the passive? I have come to the firm conclusion that all these idioms are to be avoided.

August 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/T_Late

To be clear, what you're saying is that, although llevarse is a common reflexive verb meaning "to carry off" or "to steal", in this case, we're using the non-reflexive form llevar in a passive (using se) way. However, note that llevar is conjugated as "lleva" which must be for the singular noun "el viento" and the direct object pronoun las matches the gender and plurality of "las palabras". Therefore, we can assume that "el viento" is the subject (hence induces the verb conjugation) and "las palabras" are the (direct) object. If this were in passive voice (using llevar with a passive se), it would need to be translated to something like: The wind is taken (by/to) the words. Though this can't be quite right since the appearance of the "las" as a direct object pronoun preceding the verb. Basically, trying to coerce this into passive voice doesn't make nearly as much sense as the active voice (using llevarse), which could be translated as I have above.

A sentence that would make sense in passive voice, which is not exactly this idiom is: Las palabras se llevan por el viento. This translates to "The words are taken by the wind."

August 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Sounds as good as any valid alternative to me. Perhaps the problem is the word order. Did you try "words are stolen by the wind"?

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lildoc1

regional pronunciation of lleva . . .really?

September 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wratsey

I don't quite understand why the answer first given when I got this wrong was " the words get takne away by the wind" but above is the idiom "actions speak louder than words". In the first instance I also fail to understand the role of "las" in the sentence when "las palabras" is clearly the subject of the sentence. Why the addition of a pronoun?

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

You should read through the comments (or do a search if you want to save time). I can't speak for Duo, so it's anybody's guess as to how they landed on "actions speak louder than words." According to one native Spanish speaker, it's a poor translation of the Spanish proverb.

As for "las," it's the complement to the object "las palabras." The subject of the sentence is "el viento." I think you got tripped up by the change in word order. There are a couple of clues that should have tipped you off.

First, the verb conjugation matches "el viento" not "las palabras" (i.e., lleva is singular).

Second, "las" is a clitic (unstressed object pronoun) that complements the direct object, which in this case is "las palabras." It is only necessary because "las palabras" is a direct object that precedes the verb. In other words, because the word order was switched, placing the object before the verb, we must include "las."

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hostia2

Is it grammatically incorrect or is it such a big difference in meaning if I wrote "the words are taken by the wind" instead of taken away..?:)

November 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Well, kinda. The difference is in the use of llevarse rather than llevar. The "se" basically changes the meaning from "taken" to "taken away." The difference is actually not quite that subtle, but merely adding "away" is Duo's attempt to recognize the shift in meaning. The idea is that the wind is not just taking/carrying the words from one place to another (that's llevar). Rather, the wind is taking the words along with it wherever it's going. There's no implied destination. The words are just being taken away.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HnaSeegrist

Love this, if correct...

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nogigy121

Why isn't it "words lead the wind"?

December 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

A couple of reasons:

las palabras is the direct object, not the subject
llevarse doesn't mean lead, it means steal, take away, carry off

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamilleDeo06

llava sounded like juega?

December 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanEdinger

Anyone know why it's telling me a possible translation of "viento" is "guy rope"?

January 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Yes. It's one of the definitions. It has nothing to do with the sentence here, however. So, you can file that definition away for a rainy day, especially if you're a sailor and expect to be working with guy lines.

January 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnaLyeneK

This is alot harder than i thought it would be. Even checking the words meaning to come up with a sentence, its still wrong. Im feeling uneasy on these idioms.

January 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Don't bother trying to make sense from the individual words. Just memorize the phrase and do a Google search to learn the meaning. The English proverb that Duo suggests is generally not too bad, but this is an inexact approach at best.

In any case, do not rely on native English speakers' interpretations. That's just the blind leading the blind.

January 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris913144

What has the, "words take the wind" got to do with, "actions speak louder than words"???????

January 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

Absolutely nothing. Of course, "words take the wind" has absolutely nothing to do with the Spanish saying either. So, that's understandable.

You should read through at least some of the comments.

January 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arturo275264

If only Duolingo will put the literal translation, so that we can understand the sentences. They really expect us to memorize them, and it is a shame.

February 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IshYaBoiLava

I put llevo instead of lleva so i got the whole thing wrong :/

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cristina681233

I type the correct word and matching to the answer i was given out in the screen but still wrong answer?

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Konamy1112

Idk... but i knew all these idioms ... they just arent used so much though so people forgot them. Gotta admit doing the sentences are mega hard if u arent in a quiet room, but i got the hang of the words

March 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucilleHer1

I think , the words went with the wind should have been accepted.

November 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christiaan81

Not too easy this section for non native English speakers

December 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShawnW4

Why is everyone saying the answer is words are carried away by the wind? Did DL change something? The answer for mine was Actions speak louder than words.

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielHick20

The English equivalent might be: Actions speak louder than words.

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ppap16

I just put in a random phrase

December 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/havzuela

to the management, I read all comments and my suggestion is to do the translation in this lesson in 2 levels : 1. verbally 2. give a parallel idiom in English to the English speaking students.

December 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KayGallagh

All talk and no action

January 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas268453

"Words take to the wind." Is it even close?

March 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j27tango

According to the verb tense, "lleva" matches up with "el viento" so it's the wind that's doing the action. It would be "llevan" if "las palabras" were doing the action. The syntax is very different in this expression. I think of it as "The words/it carries them away/the wind."

March 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L0ve_Joy

I was marked wrong for "The words are taken by the wind." The correction is "...taken AWAY by the wind." :/

(3/25/17)

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amy796092

Umm who you talking to ? 7—7

April 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tim250771

I really hate these

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard877442

I said "actions speak more than words " which were denied and corrected to "actions speak louder than words" - oh well.

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/julie507774

Why no literal translation again in idiums?? Actions speak louder than words is not what it says!!!!

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/musicspaghetti

Actions speak louder than words.

October 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angie833637

I dont understand how that sentence would be like that in the translation???

November 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LindaKrich1

Perhaps it might be better translated as "those words that the wind takes" ? Meaning they have little weight or value.

December 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lettie249882

So, i missed a word...

December 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hg3UVt

This is SO stupid! "Words are full of wind" is such a nice, clear message that I cannot help but wonder who decided to relate that to actions at all????? What actions ???? How does a lousy translation help us learn anything ???

December 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Figbis

More like las palabras gone with the wind.. but cant translate an idiom...

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Colin353696

Think there something wrong here...

January 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BENJAMINBR299670

that's not what it said! THIS IS ABSOLUTE BULL CRAP!

February 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidMoore622957

No one has any idea what you're screaming about. I suspect your issue has been addressed in comments by others. If not, calmly explain the problem and someone will try to explain what is likely going on.

February 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mailman2006

What?????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Markmckeown1

they are cheating.

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/passionfruit12

so.....Google said it is "gone with the wind" but as we know Duolingo likes to be pedantic.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

I tried "gone with the wind" and got marked wrong.

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1beppe
  • 1852

The Spanish phrase is a modern, poetic incomplete translation from Latin " Verba volant sed scripta manent"

April 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ah56
  • 145

The wind takes their words ..

January 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolWise1

The proverb I would have chosen is: a little bird told me.

April 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tim_actuary

Money talks, BS walks.

July 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DheerajAnna

Jjnn

September 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nammy91

Could this be translated as 'silence is golden'?

September 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nat22324

that was my last heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ugh, how on EARTH are we supposed to guess that????????????????????????

November 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gailkw1

I thought tge words are gone with the wind might be accepted

January 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Conrad-O

Hi, Henry!

December 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dleehii

I didn't know this phrase (never came upon it), and since I was on my last heart I decided to use a translator because I lost one heart to a typo and the other because Duolingo said I was wrong even though my answer should have been accepted. Unfortunately Duolingo marked the answer I got from the translator as wrong, causimg me to fail this practice lesson. :(

March 24, 2015
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