Giveaway Closed. Julie won the App! Thanks to all!
By Giovanny Gutierrez
To give you some background: I was born in Cuba in 1978 and left for Miami at the age of 1 (with a pit stop in Spain). Growing up in Miami, it’s easy to stay in touch with your Cuban ancestry because every corner reminds you of your heritage.
There are exclusive men-only barbershops with pictures of roosters on the wall next to black-and-white hair styles of the 50′s like the JFK. The barbers spend more time talking about last night’s Marlins game of pelota than cutting your hair. You can also find groups of people on any random corner drinking guarapo, and speaking to each other in a tone that to the unexpected would seem like they are about to get into a fight. In reality, they were simply passionately talking loud with their hands.
So needless to say, I needed to visit my homeland.
On my trip to Cuba I fell in love with Cuban Dicharachos. Dichos for short, are colloquial expressions used to describe common day-to-day occurrences. These spicy expressions are colorful examples of how Cubans approach life with humor and inventiveness. Everywhere I would go, I would hear them and jot them down and later ask a family member about them.
Like, what does it mean when someone says “A buena hora, mangos verdes?”
I left Cuba with a book full of dichos — see above — that I wanted to personally archive, organize, and share with the rest of the world. My vehicle: an iPhone/iPod/iPad app (perfectly appropriate for the geek that I am) called simply enough “Cuban Dichos.”
This app is the #1 Cuban App now on iTunes and I can’t tell you how many e-mails I get filled with dichos I didn’t have, including some new ones from the younger reggaeton generation in Cuba (ex: Hasta cuando son los 15 de Jacqueline?)
Nowadays, discovering a part of my culture is “un jamon.”
What are some of your favorite sayings?
The person who leaves the most fun dicho that is not the Cuban Dichos app wins a free copy of the Cuban Dichos App. The winner will be selected by Gio. Contest ends at noon Sunday Feb. 13.
Giovanny Gutierrez (Gio for short) is a Cuban-born, Miami-raised geek that been designing professionally since 2000 in various mediums, and currently operating as Director of Interactive Media at Tinsley Advertising as well as teaching web design/programming at Miami Dade College while making viral videos like my Wii Fit Girlfriend.