The definitive guide to using the word ‘dale’ in Miami (sign language explanations included)

Pitbull popularized the word dale, but the world needs to know all of its uses. Dale! Sony Music Latin

Thanks to Pitbull, the world knows the joy of using the expression “Dale!” And don’t let me catch you pronouncing it “Dail.” It’s DAH-Lay. 

Dale’s precise translation from Spanish, according to Google Translate, is “Go ahead.” But in Miami, dale has many many meanings. We are going to break them down for you, with the help of gifs of Sign with Robert, an instructional video that teaches sign language.

Dale. 

1. When someone is going to do something stupid

“Dale, eat that red light. I hope you get t-boned!”

2. When your jam comes on

“Dale! ESOOOOOO!”

3. When you're being polite

“Dale, take the last croqueta. I have to fit into a dress this weekend.”

4. When you're mad

My momma??? DALE! Come say that to my face!”

5. When we're all in agreement

OK, so we first are going to meet at Ball & Chain, then head over to Chino’s party. DALE!”

6. When you’re about to do something you know you'll regret

It’s 4 a.m., I drank WAY too much, and I have class tomorrow afternoon. But dale, let’s go to Space.” 

7. When you want to end a conversation

“Great chat, but I have to go pick out a dress for Menganita’s quinces next weekend. Dale.”

9. As a threat (mainly from angry mothers and abuelas)

10. Brotivation at the gym

“Come on, bro. You can bench that. Dale que tu puedes!”

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