Poderoso --------- es don Dinero

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I hope this is a well known saying. I have to fill in the blank with a word from our story for homework.

poderoso = powerful
don, must be gift or talent, since it's not capitalized
Dinero = money, but it is capitalized.

It must be some variation of "Power is Money"
any ideas'

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updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by motley

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This is a popular saying in Mexico. In this case Don does refer to Sir or Mr.

a literal translation would be:

"Powerful; is Mr. Money"

The idea is quite the same as that of the phrase "Money is power"

updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by LouieMG
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When I was checking out U-Tube for the song, I saw news stories using it.

updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by motley
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The literal translation is correct, but the context in which it is used is the key to the real meaning. "Money talks" as well as "money is king" are just two possibilities. Look at the context of use. In any case the Spanish used to start this thread will be full understood by native speakers and the rest of us may have to figure it out long after the conversation is over.
Good luck on your studies.

updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by Bob-Doshier
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The literal helps me sort things out & after I get that, it usually makes some sense to me.

Jorge, I found that poem during my search, a very long poem. It's also a song

<http://www.youtube.com/watch'v=0NZDg5L9-nY>

updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by motley
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Hi, "Poderoso caballero es Don Dinero" is a poem from Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas.

updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by Jorge
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sorry, didn't quite read your first reply correctly. i normally never bother with the literal meanings as 1) they don't make any sense and 2) they generally confuse me. hope your spanish teacher is impressed.

updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by Eddy
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That's the meaning, the literal is
Mr. Money is a powerful gentleman.
I should have been able to figure out the literal myself, but sometimes the word order gives me a mental block.

updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by motley
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i have already said it. it means "MONEY TALKS"

updated FEB 21, 2008
posted by Eddy
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Gracias Eddy,
You are wonderful. I could have read the story for 2 weeks & never come up with that.
Could you give something close to a literal translation? I may be the only one in class that has it correct.

updated FEB 20, 2008
posted by motley
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hi motley
the missing word is caballero. the saying means money talks

updated FEB 20, 2008
posted by Eddy