To begin with, it seems to be appropriate to get started by learning the basics of Spanish if we want to get a tattoo in this language. We will give you some ideas for your tattoo –all translated into English (we do not want the wrong tattoo) – as well as some recommendations.
Nowadays, the Spanish language, just like any other language in the world, is a living being which never stops growing and improving, refreshing itself according to new realities, vocabulary or trends. Having that in common with most languages, Spanish is still an unrivalled language in regards to several aspects. Spaniards have, for instance, a humongous list of adjectives when it comes to expressing people’s feelings, desire or states of mind accurately, as well as for the description of any object, action or situation.
As a matter of fact, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world (as the first language), counting already 405 million speakers – Spanish just surpassed English, with over 360 million people who speak it. (You can check this website to learn more about it). These numbers are hard to calculate given that the total number keeps changing; that it is difficult to define exactly what constitutes a language as opposed to a dialect; and also, there is no single criterion for how much knowledge is sufficient to be counted as a second-language speaker. At all events, it seems to be very likely that within the next decades Spanish will double English in number of speakers if the pattern remains the same.
Language is the ability that everybody has to communicate with everyone else through oral and written signs regardless of the language used. Therefore, language is a code formed by linguistic signs and grammatical rules, all shared by the inhabitants and listeners from a specific area. When we want to communicate with somebody, we have to choose a common language to understand each other.
However, we must also bear in mind the dialects used. They deal with a genetic or historical notion that was used at some point in the past, when the form and meaning of the consolidated language transformed.
After getting to know Spanish a bit more deeply, I bet you are starting to appreciate it and to feel like getting a tattoo in this rich and beautiful language, so let’s get started!
In general, all of these tattoos are short sentences since they look more attractive and transmit much more. Depending on what you are looking for, some of them will catch your attention and some will not, given that there are many diverse topics, such as love, life, nature, motivational, quotes… Anyhow, if you are getting it, make sure it has an important meaning whichever it is, and that it is not a trend, but rather something that lasts throughout time.
Once you finally find the topic that best fits you, it is time to decide what style or font you prefer. There are plenty of them, so you can spend a good amount of time searching them or you can use a website like the one below to generate the letters you find more appropriate for your idea:
Ok, now it is time to take a look at some ideas for your tattoo in Spanish language, although the best way to get an original idea is coming to study abroad in Spain. Some of these ideas are quotes, anonymous sentences, or just sentences that look great on your skin:
Here are some more sentences and quotes that you could get tattooed:
1- “Pies, ¿para qué los quiero si tengo alas pa’ volar?” / Feet? What do I want them for if I already have wings to fly. (Frida Kahlo)
2- “Viva la vida” / Live life. (Frida Kahlo)
3– “El conocimiento es poder” / Knowledge is power. (Francis Bacon)
4- “Si lo puedes soñar, lo puedes hacer” / If you can dream it, you can do it. (Walt Disney)
5- “Nunca, nunca, nunca te rindas” / Never, ever, ever give up. (Winston Churchill)
6- “Mi vida es mi mensaje” / My life is my message. (Mahatma Gandhi)
7- “Sonríe, es terapia gratis” / Smile, it’s free therapy. (Douglas Horton)
8- “El amor es ciego” / Love is blind. (Geoffrey Chaucer)
9- “La belleza es poder; una sonrisa es su espada” / Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. (John Ray)
10- “Mientras hay vida, hay esperanza” / While there’s life, there’s hope. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
11- “Cuando el amor no es locura, no es amor” / When love is not madness, it is not love. (Pedro Calderon de la Barca)
12- “No cuentes los días, haz que los días cuenten” / Don’t count the days, make the days count. (Muhammad Ali)
13- “No llores porque terminó. Sonríe porque sucedió” / Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. (Dr. Seuss)
14- “El amor lo conquista todo” / Love conquers it all. (Virgilio)
15- “Haz de cada día tu obra maestro” / Make each day your masterpiece. (John Wooden)
16- “El poder de la imaginación nos hace infinitos” / The power of imagination makes us infinite. (John Muir)
17- “No llovía cuando Noé construyó el arca” / It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. (Howard Ruff)
18- “Todo lo que puedes imaginar es real” / Everything you can imagine is real.(Pablo Picasso)
19- “Solo se vive una vez” / You only live once.
20- “Siempre joven” / Forever young.
21- “Sueña como si fueses a vivir para siempre” / Dream as if you were going to live forever.
22- “Todo tiene belleza pero no todos la ven” / Everything has beauty in it, but not everyone sees it.
23- “La vida sigue” / Life goes on.
24- “Vive la vida que has imaginado” / Live the life that you have imagined.
25- “Mi vida es mi mensaje” / My life is my message.
And if you want to design your own tattoo, there are also a few websites such as this one on which you can give shape to your ideas.
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