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Old January 14, 2016, 05:35 PM
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Pájaro que no sabe volar...

People have tried to explain Pájaro que no sabe volar, agarra ventaja (or should it be ventana?) to me but I still don't understand what it means. What does the bird that doesn't know how to fly grab onto?
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Old January 14, 2016, 08:43 PM
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Según lo que leo el dicho es: el pájaro que no sabe volar no agarre ventaja.
The bird that doesn't know how to fly is at a disadvantage. I assume this means that if you're inept, you lose out.
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Do you have the context for this?

Searching in Google I find only "Pájaro que no sabe volar, agarra ventaja"... and I tend to think it is something on the order of "the second mouse is the one who eats the cheese"?
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That makes sense JP, thanks!
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I found "pájaro que no sabe volar, que agarre ventaja", which makes more sense to me, and which would mean that if you are at disadvantage, make your own opportunities; make the most of what you can actually do.
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el pájaro que no vuela, que agarre ventaja

Refrán popular que, en forma sentenciosa, aconseja que quien tenga menos facultades debe empezar más temprano lo que hace. Se atiene al supuesto tópico de que los menos dotados trabajan más. Según Rubio, significa “que cuando no se cuenta con los otros para el logro de un determinado fin, se obre con toda diligencia y se aproveche todo cuanto sea favorable al fin perseguido”.
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