Saber Expressions

Knowing Spanish expressions

Saber means "to know" and is used in a number of common expressions.

saber   to know
  (pretérito)   to find out
  (+ infinitive)   to know how to
     
     
saber a   to taste like
saber a demonio(s)   to taste awful
saber amargo   to taste bitter
saber cuidar de sí mismo   to know how to take care of oneself
saber de + noun   to know a lot about something
saber de un sitio muy bueno   to know of a very good place
saber ir   to know the way
saber más que Briján   to be very intelligent
saber orientarse por el ciudad   to know one's way around town
saberle mal a alguien   to not like
saberse algo de memoria   to know something by heart
     
no saber de alguien   to have not heard from / had news about someone
no saber demasiado bien   to not taste very good
no saber nada de + noun   to not know anything, to know nothing about + noun
No saber ni papa   to not know the first thing about something
no saberle mal a alguien   to not mind, not be bothered by
     
a saber   namely
a saber dónde   I wonder where
a saber si realmente   I wonder if ___ really ___ed
anda a saber   God (only) knows, your guess is as good as mine
Cada uno sabe dónde le aprieta el zapato   Everyone knows his/her own weakness
cualquiera sabe si   It's anybody's guess whether
cuando lo supe   when I heard / found out about it
¡de haberlo sabido!   If only I'd known!
demasiado bien sé que   I know only too well that
en cuanto lo supe / supimos   as soon as I / we found out
hacer saber algo a alguien   to let someone know something
lo dudo, pero nunca se sabe   I doubt it, but you never know
Logró / Lograron saber el secreto   He / They managed to learn the secret
lo sé   I know
El motivo de esta carta es hacerle saber que   I am writing to inform you that
¡No lo sabes bien! (inf)   You're not kidding! That's not the half of it!
No sabía dónde meterse   He didn't know what to do with himself
para que lo sepas   let me tell you, for your information
pocos campeones saben perder   few champions are good losers
que sepamos   as far as we know
¡Qué sé yo!   How should I know?
que yo sepa   as far as I know
¡Quién sabe!   Who knows!
¿Quién sabe?   Who knows? Who can tell?
Quiero hacerle saber que   I would like to inform you that
sin saberlo yo   without my knowledge
¡Si lo sabré yo!   I should know!
¿Tú qué sabes?   What do you know?
Tú sabrás (lo que haces)   I suppose you know (what you're doing)
¡Vete a saber!   God (only) knows, your guess is as good as mine
Vete tú a saber   Your guess is as good as mine
ya lo sabía yo   I thought as much
¡Yo qué sé!   How should I know?
     
Eso ya me lo sabía yo   I already knew that
Es una persona que sabe escuchar   He/She is a good listener
no sabe, no contesta (survey)   don't know, n/a
No se sabe   Nobody knows
No se saben las causas   The causes are unknown
Nunca más se supo de él / ellos   He was / They were never heard from again
Quién es Ud., si se puede saber?   Who are you, may I ask?
¿sabe Ud.? (filler)   you know?
Se las sabe todos (informal)   to know every trick in the book
¿Se puede saber si…?   Can you tell me if…?
Se supo que…   It was learned that…
Según mi leal saber y entender (formal)   To the best of my knowledge
Sépase que…   Let it be known that…
Ya se sabe que…   It is known…, We all know…
     
el saber hacer   know-how, savoir-faire
el saber popular   folk wisdom
un no sé qué   a certain something
un no sé qué de afectado   a certain affectation

Saber is one of two verbs that mean to know.

Saber conjugations