Monday Vine – ¡atrévete!

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¡atrévete! = dare yourself! / be bold! / go for it!


Today’s Vine is by Dimirex, from Mexico.  The caption is:

Cuando retas a tu mamá!!! = When you challenge your mom!!!

retar = to challenge

el reto = the challenge

CAUTION: today’s Vine is fast and dialogue-dense!  You’ve been warned!  You might find that you understand what’s being communicated, even if you don’t understand every word of dialogue.

The Vine


  • Mom: Y el cambio del mandado.
  • Adult son: Ahí lo dejé.
  • Mom: Tú me estás mintiendo.
  • Adult son: Para na’ que yo te voy a mentir…
  • Mom: Te voy a pegar.
  • Adult son: Atrévete…te….te…


  • Mom: And the change from the order.  [as in, “where is it?”]
  • Adult son: I left it over there.
  • Mom: You’re lying to me.
  • Adult son: Why would I ever lie to you?
  • Mom: I’m gonna hit you.
  • Adult son: I dare you….you….you (literally: dare yourself…self….self)

na’ = abbreviated form of nada = nothing

para nada = not at all

para nada que yo te voy a mentir” = “not at all am I going to lie to you” – an expression that I loosely translated as: “why would I ever lie to you?”

In the second part of the dialogue, the son is quoting a famous, Grammy-nominated song called “Atrévete-te-te” by Calle 13, a Puerto Rican group that has won 19 Latin Grammys and 2 Grammys.


Slo-Mo Version

Useful Phrases

  • ¡Atrévete! – Dare yourself! / Dare! / I dare you!
  • Atrévete a … – dare to…
  • ¿Estás mintiendo? – Are you lying?
  • Voy a … – I’m going to…
  • Te voy a …I’m going to… [do something to you]


Dare to be different.


Verb Tenses in this Vine

I’ll point out the verbs and tenses, and link to places where you can read more about each tense.

  • ahí lo deje = There I left it.
  • tú me estás mintiendo. = You are lying to me.
  • te voy a pegar = I’m going to hit you
    • this is the present tense form of ir (to go)
    • “voy a…” is a common way of talking about the future
    • see these previous posts (1, 2, 3) for more examples and info
  • ¡atrévete! = dare! / dare yourself!
    • this is the command form of atreverse (to dare oneself / to have courage)
    • atreverse is a reflexive verb – a verb that the doer does to him/her/itself.

Different ways of saying “you”

Skip this section if you already know the difference between , te, and .

In English, we have “me, myself and I” – several different ways of referring to the self.

In Spanish, we have this for just about everyone.

Yo = I

a = to me

¿me hablas? = are you talking to me?

me amo = I love myself.

= you

a = to you

¡te hablo! = I’m talking to you!

te amas = you love yourself.

As a rule of thumb, don’t stress too much about this.  The differentiation will come naturally with practice.  If you want, though, you can read a whole series of lessons about this.


See if you can identify these words/phrases in English.

  • el cambio
  • el mandado
  • ahí
  • para nada
  • pegar
  • mentir
  • no voy a mentir
  • no te voy a mentir
  • no estoy mintiendo
  • dejar
  • dejé el cambio en la mesa

If you’re still reading this, watch the Vine again!  Then try to speak the words of the Vine out loud again, as slowly as you need to.

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