Crossover King Pitbull Spills on the Spanish Phrases His Fans Need to Know -- 'Dale!'

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Pitbull performs on stage at Coliseo Jose M. Agrelot on March 6, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Miami rapper Pitbull has made a career of straddling crossover lines, effortlessly toggling between English and Spanish, reggaeton and dance-pop. But the 34-year-old born Armando Perez shifts gears on Dale, his first Spanish-language album in five years, out June 17 on RCA. Mr. Worldwide shares some Espanol words and phrases listeners need to know.

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1. "Ya tu sabe"

Meaning: You already know.

Pitbull says: "It's a very street way of saying, 'Guys, let's cut through the bullshit; let's speak to each other raw and straight to the point. Let's get to it.' It's a way to expedite things."

2. "Culo"

Meaning: Ass

Pitbull says: "I knew the gringos would repeat it. In every language, everybody learns the bad words first."

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3. "Quien no oye consejo no llega a viejo"

Meaning: He who doesn't listen to advice will not live to grow old.

Pitbull says: "That's an old Cuban saying. A big part of my career has been based on listening to people. My father, mom, grandfather, uncle -- everyone used to say this. You can go to any corner on [Miami's] Calle Ocho and some old Cuban dude will say it to you."

4. "Pasos cortos, vista larga"

Meaning: Small steps, long vision.

Pitbull says: "It's not on this album, but it's what it's all about. Nothing comes easy [without] hard work. If it comes quick, it leaves quicker. If you're going to learn a single phrase in Spanish, it should be this one."

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5. "Dale"

Meaning: Technically, "do it," but it's complicated.

Pitbull says: "It means a lot of things; it depends on how you're using it. It's my way of ­checking out -- 'Dale, I'm out of here' -- or my way of ­getting started. It's definitely the word I hear most. I travel around the world and run into people that speak no English, no Spanish and they say 'dale.' "

This story originally appeared in the July 25 issue of Billboard.