Sunday, January 23, 2005

Mucho tilin tilin.....

Spanish expressions are so descriptive and so much fun at the same time. I often get the best ones from my friend Leslie, who spent many years living in Central America. Here is one of my current favorites:

Mucho tilín tilín, nada de paleta.

Literally, it means, "Lots of ding-a-ling, no popsickle."

I guess in English, the equivalent would be, "All talk and no action."

But in Spanish, it's not just an expression; it's practically a whole little story. You can just picture the ice cream truck coming down the street, jingling its little bell, attracting all the kids... ding-a-ling-a-ling... ding-a-ling-a-ling.... you go running after the truck and finally it stops .... all anticipation, you run up to the window with your money but...... there's no ice cream!

For my ice cream money, you just can't beat the Spanish on this one.

1 comment:

Nayeli said...

I love it! I had not heard that one. Will start using it immediately.