Abuelita’s Colombian Dichos Every Latino Should Live By

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Being raised by a Colombian abuelita, I grew up with sayings about everything. Every life lesson seemed to have a dicho to go along with it. And now {*trumpet flare*}, you can have ’em all in illustrated form!


“Un clavo se saca otro clavo.”

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Ah, the wise heartbreak quote!  This basically means that you’ll get over it, whatever “it” is, by being distracted with someone else. #ColdWorld


“Es méjor estar solo que mal acompañado.”

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It’s better to be alone than in bad company.  You don’t need anyone to be adding headaches (and heartache) into your life. Another great breakup quote for you to repeat to yourself while crying.


“El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo.”

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The older you are, the wiser you get. The most intelligent man still knows less than the old man. Also, watch out for the devil. He’s been around a while. And can probably do long division in his head.


“El que busca, encuentra.”

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Seek and you shall find. More specifically: If you’re looking for trouble or for the worst in people, you’re sure as hell gonna find it.


“Al que a buen árbol se arima buena sombra lo protege.”

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If you surround yourself with right people, you and your path will be protected. Awww! (Put another way: No, I don’t want no shrubs / a shrub is a guy who can’t get no love from me.)


“No escupa muy alto, porque en la cara le cae.”

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Don’t be stuck up — karma will get you back. And it’ll probably involve spit. Just sayin’.


“Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente.”

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If you don’t stay focused on your dreams, time will pass and you’ll never accomplish anything.


“El que no arriesga un huevo, no saca un pollo.”

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No risk without reward, my friends. Even if someone loses a b… an egg. 😉


“Ponte las pilas.”

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You’ve definitely heard this one before. PUT YOUR BATTERIES IN AND GET TO IT!


READ: The 9 Most Ridiculous Myths My Abuelita Swears By

Have any other dichos you live by? Share ’em below! *And who knows, we might illustrate those for you, too.* 😉

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