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Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls

Lidia tries to escape her past and ends up working for a telephone company; that's where she meets Carlota, Ángeles and Marga. Learn Spanish as you watch these four women's personal and professional relationships develop. You can discover new words commonly used in Spain while you watch as they fight for their rights at a time when their lives depended on the will of the men around them. With this Lingopie guide you can learn vocabulary in each episode, you can pick up new expressions to sound like a native and you can even test your knowledge of the show with a fun quiz!


Lidia intenta escapar de su pasado y acaba trabajando en una compañía de telefonía; es allí donde conoce a Carlota, Ángeles y Marga. Aprende español mientras ves cómo se desarrollan las relaciones personales y profesionales de estas cuatro mujeres y descubre nuevas palabras típicas de España mientras ellas luchan por sus derechos en una época en la que sus vidas dependían de la voluntad de los hombres a su alrededor. Con esta guía de Lingopie puedes aprender vocabulario en cada episodio, puedes añadir nuevas expresiones para sonar como un nativo e incluso puedes probar tu conocimiento de la serie con un divertido quiz!

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As heard on Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls

To play dumb

This expression is used on someone who pretends to be innocent and weak (hence a dead fly), but they are actually very manipulative and will have everyone fooled. When Maribel tells Marga: 'No te hagas la mosquita muerta' she means to say 'Don't play dumb' regarding her relationship with Pablo

Oh my God!

Although the exact translation would be 'My mother!', the english equivalent would be 'Oh my god' and it can be used when you're surprised about something or you can't believe something is happening, like the girls when they found out Mario had beaten up Ángeles and she'd lost her child

The early bird catches the worm

This is a common saying between all the hispanic grandparents and it's literal translation would be 'God helps those who get up early'. It is used to say that those who arrive early will be more successful than those who wait.

Build castles in the air

You can say 'No hagas castillos en el aire' when someone is planning or hoping for something that's impossible to achieve. This saying is also used in english and the translation doesn't change at all, it literally means something is as likely to happen as a castle being built in the air...so not at all

Throw in the towel

When someone wants to give up or abandon something and you want to stop them you can say 'No vayas a tirar la toalla' because you don't want them to surrender before they have the chance to succeed

By a hair

This saying is commonly heard in english as 'By the skin of my teeth' and it's used when you manage to do something by the smallest margin. So for example, when Lidia manages to save the girls from being fired, 'las salva por los pelos', meaning she narrowly succeeded in saving them

What's up with them?

This phrase's literal translation is 'What kind of fly bit them?' In reality it can be used when someone you know is acting really strange so you can ask them '¿Y a ti qué mosca te picó?' annd you're basically saying, 'What's up with you?' or 'Why are you being so weird?

To stay out of something

When someone tells you 'Debes mantenerte al margen' it means they want you to stay out of something, basically mind your own business. When Francisco tells Carlos about the company spying on their cusotmer's conversations, he says he hadn't told him before because he wanted him to stay out of it for his own good

Test your knowledge:

9 Multiple choice questions

1 of 9

¿Cuál es el verdadero nombre de Lidia Aguilar?

2 of 9

3 of 9

¿En qué ciudad se desarrolla la serie?

5 of 9

¿Qué querían construir Carlos y Miguel?

7 of 9

¿Quién fue el amor de la infancia de Alba?

8 of 9

¿Qué hizo Elisa cuando pensó que Francisco la engañaba?

9 of 9

¿Qué es lo que le pareció más atractivo a Marga de Pablo?


Learn while you watch

Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls Season 1 Episode 1

Ep. 1

In the 1920s in Madrid, Alba is wrongfully accused of murder. A corrupt policeman forces her to steal from a telephone company in exchange for her freedom

Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls Season 1 Episode 2

Ep. 2

Francisco tries to get Lidia to stay, Marga finds the man who helped her with her bag and Carlota's father insists that she return home

Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls Season 1 Episode 3

Ep. 3

Lidia's true identity is about to be revealed, Carlota manages to get her job back with Sara's help and Elisa begins to suspect her husband

Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls Season 1 Episode 4

Ep. 4

Marga finally agrees to have a date with Pablo. Lidia and Carlos get closer and Ángeles tries to deal with Mario's infidelity

Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls Season 1 Episode 5

Ep. 5

Carolina attempts to reveal Lidia's true identity, Carlota is confused about her feelings and Ángeles is going through a very difficult situation

Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls Season 1 Episode 6

Ep. 6

Ángeles tries to run away with her daughter and Lidia helps her. Carlota must sacrifice herself to get Sara out of jail and Carlos continues to fight with his father

Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls Season 1 Episode 7

Ep. 7

When Ricardo Cifuentes dies, his family must deal with his loss and its consequences for them and the company. Lidia decides to tell Carlos the truth

Las Chicas del Cable | Cable Girls Season 1 Episode 8

Ep. 8

The girls discover the plans to implement the new Rotary 7 in the company. This time Lidia must choose between her fiancé and her friends

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