Perro que ladra no muerde

Perro que ladra no muerde

Significado: Es una persona que habla mucho pero a la hora de hacer efectivas sus compromisos, amenazas o insultos no los llevará a cabo o no hará mucho para cumplir lo que dice.

No te preocupes de lo que dice él. Perro que ladra no muerde.

el perro (= dog)
ladrar (= to bark)
morder (= to bite)

Literally translated means “Dog that barks doesn’t bite.”

This is similar to the English saying:
A barking dog doesn’t bite.
His bark is worse than his bite.

This is used when someone makes a lot of ‘noise’ about being a certain way (like a barking dog pretending to be a lot tougher than it really is).
When someone is ‘full of hot air’ and doesn’t carry out the threats that they make.

¿Conoces a alguien que ladre mucho pero no muerde?

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A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda

A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda

Significa: Quien se levanta temprano tendrá más oportunidades o por lo menos será la primera elección de las oportunidades.

Another alternative for this saying is “Al que madruga, Dios le ayuda.”


madrugar = to get up early
ayudar = to help
Dios = God
quien = who

Literally translated means: Who gets up early, God helps (him).

A couple of English versions of this are:

  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • The early bird gets the worm.

Means: Some things are not what they appear to be. Something may appear perfect and beautiful but that perfection is only appearance and the reality may be different and no so beautiful.

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