Dichos: Listen to the Consejos

Old lady in Chandler Park by Brooks Was Here on Flickr

So, dichos are going American mainstream.

At least this one:

El Que No Oye Consejo No Llega a Viejo.

It’s in the opening of Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor) by Pitbull and T-Pain. (See video below).

The translation is this: He who does not listen to advice does not make it to old age.

How often, amgios, did you hear that one growing up?

If you are me, a lot! Consejos for my cabeza dura were offered up freely and often by the adults en mi familia. Imagine it said with one finger raised and wagging in the air: El que no oye consejo no llega a viejo!

It came out when I wouldn’t listen, which I must confess was, and is, most of the time. (Sorry, Mami!)

As I heard my fellow cubanito from the 305, Pitbull, exclaim it in a hit song, I wondered how often he has heard El que no oye consejo no llega a viejo. Mucho, me imagino. (I also am imagining all the googling going on by non-Spanish speakers to figure out what the heck he said.)

Me? I like to come back to the consejo dicho with this one:

Nadie Aprende con Cabeza Ajena.

Translation: Nobody learns by using someone else’s head.

Y ya.

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By Carrie on August 24, 2011 · Posted in dicho del dia

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Posted on August 24th, 2011

Alexandra says:

This is the one I heard over and over, and I had it memorized it so internally that I didn’t marry till 35.

“Mejor sola que mal acompanada.”

Posted on August 24th, 2011

Tracy says:

LOL – You blogged this before I did! Felicidades. jajaja… I was listening to my Pitbull CD in the car the other day and thought about how cool it was that he used a dicho at the starting of the song.

Okay – back to work. (Cause this chica right here gotta eat, baby. LOL.)

Posted on August 25th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

No kidding, sometimes you have to live it to learn it.

Posted on August 25th, 2011