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.