Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Monday May 13, 2013

madrugar, verb:
to get up early

Whether you have to get up early for a special reason or are an early bird, this is the word you need.

No soporto madrugar.
I can’t stand getting up early.

Usted debe madrugarmucho.
You must be an early riser.

Madrugar is also used in a well-known proverb:

A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda
The early bird catches the worm, or literally, God helps him who gets up early.

A stock reply that Spanish-speakers might well make is:

No por mucho madrugar, amanece más temprano.
Time will take its course. or literally, For all your getting up early, day won’t break any earlier.

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