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Favourite foreign words and phrases by ev on 4 May 2007 10:34pm
 
Hello again,

This thread is for words and phrases (in languages other than your own) that you particularly like or are fond of. Perhaps you have travelled and come across interesting or humourous sayings or idioms. (I teach English in a foreign country so this is of interest to me..)

Please provide English meanings/translations if possible.

I'll start off:

'cockroach'
Finnish - torakka (Finnish people roll their 'r's a lot so this sounds great)
German - Kakerlak
Japanese - gokiburi, or 'goki' for short.

In Australia we often just call them 'cockies'..

Any cunning linguists out there?
 
Re: Favourite foreign words and phrases by Palin_Lover on 4 May 2007 10:38pm
 
From the French: Je pense donc je suis.

Good old Descartes' thinking, I think therefore I am. :D
 
Re: Favourite foreign words and phrases by ev on 4 May 2007 10:41pm
 
To describe a large-breasted lady in German, one might say:

"Viel Holz vor der Hütte"
("Lots of wood in front of the hut")
 



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