Vaya con Dios que yo voy con su hijo

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by TheOrient, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. TheOrient New Member

    England, English
    My friend has just sent me these two chat up lines. I`ve tried to translate them, but I`m having a bit of difficulty:

    "Señora, vaya a con Dios que yo voy con su hijo". - Mrs, go with god that I go with his son... I don`t quite get the meaning here!
    Any help would be GREAT. Thanks.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 30, 2016
  2. Miguel Antonio Senior Member

    Galego (Rías Baixas)
    Do wait for more comments/suggestions...

  3. belén

    belén Senior Member

    Spanish, Spain, Catalan, Mallorca
    Hello TheOrient, welcome to the forums :)

    Vaya con Dios means something like "Shall God be with you" and it is used as a form of farewell sentence.

    So the sentence has a humorous double meaning:

    Shall God go with you and I will go with your son.

    The forums rules specify that only one question shall be asked per thread, as the forum serves as a complement to the WR dictionaries. Please be so kind to edit your post (edit button) and remove your second question and open a new one (and Miguel Antonio, I ask you to please do the same in order to have consistency in this thread)

    Belén, moderator/forera
  4. Tezzaluna

    Tezzaluna Senior Member

    Olympia, Washington, USA
    US English and Costa Rica Spanish
    The orient,

    Actually, "vaya con Dios" simply means "Go with God" or "God be with you".

    It is true that the sentence has a humorous meaning: Go with God and I will go with your son.

  5. alexacohen

    alexacohen Banned

    Santiago de Compostela
    Spanish. Spain

    Tezzaluna has already translated it quite beautifully, but I just wanted to point out that in many Spanish speaking countries the third person "su" is used instead of the second person "tu".

    I understand your puzzlement might be due to this fact, as the meaning you have conveyed in your translation is "madam, you go with God and I will go with Jesus Christ".
  6. alacant

    alacant Senior Member

    Alicante, Spain
    England, english

    Which was the way I understood in when I first read it, and thought it was part of some evangelical campaign.

    Saludos, Alacant

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