T-shirts for Translators

Funny T-shirts for translators, interpreters and linguists

Hi guys! Here are some funny t-shirts about translation, language, interpreting and linguistics that I have found so far. So, if you are a translator, a copywriter, a writer, a language teacher or just a grammar nerd, you will love them! Click on the description below for further details. Have fun!

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Audrey Hepburn plays simultaneous translator Regina “Reggie” in Charade.

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Many people, when travelling to Asia (typically to Japan, Korea or China) use these icons to make themselves understood. This t-shirt may come in very handy, indeed!
In Noam We Trust T Shirt Noam Chomsky. t-shirts for linguists. Click here! Avram Noam Chomsky, often referred to as “the father of modern linguistics”, is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist.

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Warning Grumpy Old Git Contains Flatulence Bad Language T-shirt – Check it out!

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T-Shirt Beer In 45 Different Languages. Click here!
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Women Fun T-shirt Russian Inscriptions I Will Only Speak In The Presence Of My Avocado
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Sheldon Kryptonian Translator Herren T-Shirt Big Bang Theory Cooper. Click here to find out more!
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German Translations Leck Mich Am Arsch T-Shirt Hip Hop. Click here!
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BE HAPPY in English and Arabic T-Shirt for translators. Click here!
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Gaelic language t-shirt Sassenach Gaelic Sass-uh-nak Outlander. Click here! Sassenach means Outlander or foreigner in Gaelic language.

Translations with highest rates

Highest paid translations · Updated 2019

This post is an attempt to answer —and update— a question I have been asked on countless occasions, namely, Which are the highest paid specialties in the translation and interpreting professions? Without further ado, let’s cut to the chase:

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First of all, it goes without saying that it is essential for a translator to be highly trained in a given field of specialization; and it is highly recommended to train constantly and keep up with updates within such field. Agencies and end clients highly value this trait. Once the translator is feeling confident, it is advisable to start with small translations and from the very beginning get into the habit of creating translation memories (preferably, sorted by companies or clients).

Returning to the issue at hand, although much depends on the type of end clients or agencies —and the country where they are located—, the most interesting specialties concerning fees include:

Pharmaceutical Translation: With rates around €0.10, €0.12 or €0.15 /word (approx. $0.18 or £0.14). The interpreters at medical conferences enjoy very good fees, but it is a quite difficult area to access.

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Financial Translation: A senior “in-house” translator working in a large company (e.g., an accounting or asset management agency in Spain), can reach €40,000 (around $50.100 or £38000). If the company is located in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany or the UK, it is not unusual to find that a financial translator’s payroll could reach €80,000 gross (around $100,200 or £75,400). A freelance translator, if working with good agencies or end clients could reach around €50,000 annual gross (around $63,000 or £47,400). There are very interesting “sub-specialties” – for example: translating asset management or financial software – with rates that can reach €0.20 ($0.25 or £0.19) /word

Interpretation in Foreign Trade: In general fees are high, especially if it involves unusual languages. It all depends on what is considered unusual regarding a given location, for example in Spain a Russian translator of my acquaintance specialized in this area may charge up to €100 (around $125 or £95) / hour.

Software Localization: It is more like a skill, rather than a specialization. It is a skill concerning ICT that every translator can attain. There is no lack of work within the powerful software and video game industry, and a translator on the payroll can earn around 30,000/40,000€ ($40,000 or £35,000) a year.

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Sworn translation: Much depends on the language combination and if the source language is legal, notarial or of academic relevance within the country. But the added value provided by the sworn translator is indisputable, who can charge up to €0.20 ($0.25 or £0.19) /word.

–  Legal translations: The standard rate for certified translations for Federally Certified Court Interpreter and Expert Witness based in the Southern District of New York is $0.25-$0.27 (£0.19-£0.20 or 0.21€) per word. (Thanks Walter!).

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Engineering translations: On one hand it requires a high degree of specialization, on the other hand rates are by no means negligible. Depending on the language pairs, rates can range from 0,12€ to 0,18€/word (around $0.14 or 0.10£-$0.22 or £0.19). There are many specializations within this category, such as aerospace, civil, industrial engineering, robotics…

The rates and fees depend largely on the nature of a company and the country where it is located, but with this post I am trying to highlight some of the highest paid translation specializations. Lastly, this post is open to your contributions. If you want to share your experiences, please do not hesitate to leave a message.

* Figures in Euros and US dollars.

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Top Ten Cryptocurrencies 2019

Top 10 cryptocurrencies 2019

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The best cryptocurrencies · 2019 Ranking

Here are what I consider the 10 best cryptocurrencies in 2019 and most probably in the following years. I wrote earlier about Dash, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, IOTA, Blockchain technology and how to buy cryptocurrencies on this blog. There are currently  over 1400 cryptocurrencies, and sifting through them is not plain sailing, so this post will be regularly updated.

If you have reached this post, you may be wondering which is the best cryptocurrency to invest in, so I decided to offer a ranking for all those who are thinking of betting on the most fashionable currencies. First of all, I must say that I do not recommend investing more than 5% of your income, since the fluctuations in these markets are as usual as unexpected. My second advice is not to go crazy about the ups and downs and try to focus on the mid and long run. The crypto market is swings and roundabouts, so don’t panic. Keep calm and don’t invest more than 5% of your income. And finally, I would recommend to bet a little on the two big fishes (Bitcoin and Ethereum) and diversify the rest in other promising currencies. So you better don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

As I see it, there is an unwritten rule, a historical constant which proves over and over again that the most advanced technology always ends up winning out over the obselete one. Blockchain technology on which these cryptos are based is way more advanced and efficient than the old-fashioned fiat money, which could become obsolete in the next decade. Stranger things have happened.

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Criteria applied in this ranking

Criteria: I personally attach great importance to the project offering some innovation, some added value —you can find out about it by reading the white paper—. However,  the size of the cryptocurrency’s community, the money supply —so that you can weight up whether a given cryptocurrency is attractive for mining or not—, the team of developers behind and their dedication to the project —full or partial—, its country of origin, the exchanges in which it is quoted, whether it is little or very decentralized and, of course, its price-performance ratio so far…. are all good benchmarks when it comes to evaluate and compare them.

Cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation

By market capitalization, that is to say, by the price of the cryptocurrency multiplied by the number of coins in circulation, it is obvious that Bitcoin is still ahead of the curve, without any other coin shadowing it. Ether (Ethereum’s cryptocurrency) is back in the second position,  and Ripple is third, Bitcoin Cash features in fourth position, Litecoin (5th), EOS (6th) and Binance coin (7th). In fact, the second largest group would comprise all the other altcoins except Bitcoin and Ether. Market capitalization  also indicates the assets available for the purchase and active sale of cryptocurrencies in exchanges.

  1. Bitcoin Bitcoin, with a market capitalization of around $142,520,106,909
  2. Ethereum Ethereum, with a market capitalization of around $26,643,966,096
  3. XRP XRP, with a market capitalization of around   $17,649,693,244
  4. Bitcoin Cash Bitcoin Cash, with a market capitalization of around   $7,071,407,437
  5. Litecoin Litecoin, with a market capitalization of around   $6,569,571,432
  6. EOS EOS, with a market capitalization of around   $6,285,351,420
  7. Binance Coin Binance Coin, with a market capitalization of around  $4,429,651,223
  8. Bitcoin SV Bitcoin SV, with a market capitalization of around  $4,127,066,751
  9. Tether Tether, with a market capitalization of around  $3,127,671,181
  10. Stellar Stellar, with a market capitalization of around  $2,429,528,729

BEST CRYPTOS

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Starting with the most consolidated cryptos and ending with the not so famous but very promising ones (for a number of reasons):

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Ether (ETH)

#1 It is my favorite due to the technology Ethereum it is based on. For many —including myself — it is the most robust and innovative platform of the blockchain technology. It still seems to have a lot of room for growth. Within the crypto currencies it is one of the safest bets and the blockchain that offers the most applications with its smart contracts. Giants like Microsoft and JP Morgan are already using Ethereum technology. The most visible reference of Ethereum is Vitalik Buterin, its co-founder. Even though Ripple overtook it by the end of 2017 in terms of market capitalization, if both Ether and Bitcoin are the reference for all other currencies, it is for a reason. Not for nothing, you need ETH or BTC to buy other altcoins. You can buy Ether, Bitcoin or Litecoin on coinbase or Binance. Just click on the links.

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Bitcoin (BTC) 

#2 The early birtd catches the worm. It is the oldest and most widespread crytocurrency in the world. It was the first to use the revolutionary blockchain technology. For this  very reason, its price is so high that you’d rather be cautious. It seems to be evolving towards a virtual gold value deposit, so people prefer to keep it rather than to use it to sell and buy goods and services. The fact that you need  BTC to buy other altcoins in many exchanges, makes it even stronger. You can buy Ether, Bitcoin or Litecoin on coinbase or Binance. Just click on the links.

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Bitcoin cash (BCH) 

#3 One might say it’s an evolution of BTC. The fact that Bitcoin has a limit on the size of the block restricted to 1Mb, implies a high processing time in the transactions, so the fork of the cryptocurrency was created taking the 478558 as the last block of the bitcoin. The new coin would generate its own blocks from this string  but with a much larger size (up to 8Mb). You can buy Bitcoin Cash on coinbase or Binance. Just click on the links.

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Ripple (XRP)

#4 It is becoming a modern classic. Last year it reached second position ahead of Ether in market capitalization for a few months. That was due to the agreement of several Japanese and South Korean banks to use it. Although some see it as a betrayal to the blockchain principles, it is designed to work within the current transactions bank system. They also convinced several companies to adopt its technology. It is a cryptocurrency based on free software that pursues the development of a credit system on a peer to peer basis. Ripple nodes make up a local exchange system, so that the whole system works as a decentralized mutual bank. How to buy ripple? You can do it on coinbase or Binance. Just click on the links.

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Litecoin (LTC)

#5 It was the first crypto based on Scrypt, and it is a major bet on Coinbase, the first exchange house of the world. The size of its blocks and number of transactions is much larger compared to Bitcoin. Moreover, the fact that it does not need very sophisticated equipment to mine, favours  its decentralisation. You can buy Ether, Bitcoin or Litecoin on  coinbase or Binance. Just click on the links.

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Iota (MIOTA)

#6 Its white paper really blew my mind. A different coin. It is not based on Blockchain, but on DAG (Direct Acyclic Graph) technology; there are no commissions, no miners (you validate each transactions on your own), confirmation times are fast and the number of transactions that the system can handle simultaneously is unlimited. It is specially focused on the internet of things. Some say it is the next generation of decentralized currency. It is very surprising and different from what I have seen so far. In fact,  I see it as a very interesting bet in the mid and long term. Iota was founded in 2015 by David Sønstebø, Sergey Ivancheglo, Dominik Schiener, and Dr. Sergei Popov. If you want to buy IOTA you can do it on Binance.

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Cardano (ADA)

#7 Lo and behold! Here is a blockchain (Cardano) and a third-generation crypto (ADA) quite attractive investment.  Its visible leader is Charles Hoskinson, former Ethereum CEO, who has assembled a team of renowned experts in the world of cryptocurrencies.  Cardano is a decentralized platform that will allow programmable value transfers in a secure and scalable way —both horizontally and vertically—. Cardano is one of the first blockchains based on the Haskell high security programming language. Its currency is called ADA. Cardano aims to solve 3 problems: sclabilidad —how many transactions per second the platform can perform—, sustainability —which has to do with the resources and energy used for its operation— and interpolarity —which has to do with the compatibility between different chains of blocks.

While Bitcoin uses Proof of Work to create new blocks, Cardano resorts to  Proof of Stake. You can buy ADA (the cardano crypto) on Binance.

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Monero  (XMR)

#8 It is the open source crypto currency that offers the most protection and privacy, which is why it has often been linked to illicit operations. But as Sissela Bok put it: “While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive”. Either way,  it is one of those currencies that makes a difference with its added value. Created in April 2014, it focuses on privacy, decentralization, as well as scalability. Unlike many cryptocurrencies derived from Bitcoin, Monero is based on the CryptoNote protocol and — without going into technicalities — features an algorithm that makes blockchain obscuration possible.  Monero benefits from continued support from its community. You can get it on Kraken or Binance.

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Pascalcoin (PASC)

#9 It is certainly one of my favourites.  Based on an innovative idea in the crypto environment, Pacalcoin is pioneering a new level of scalability adapted for adoption on a global scale. It was the first cryptocurrency to break the barrier of 100 transactions per second. Pay close attention to its amazing Safebox, an unparalleled tecnology that makes the blockchain way lighter. If you want to learn more about Pascalcoin, visit Pascalcoin, an awesome crypto with a bright future. You can buy Pascalcoin on Poloniex.

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Quantum (QAU)

#10 Here is a cryptocurrency of Chinese origin that incorporates a significant added value, which is the reason why it has attracted many investors. It advocates “transparency” and “good governance”. With the support of the Chinese government, it looks like it is going to be listed on coinone.  Qtum’s proposal is to execute smart contracts on the blockchain in an easy, user friendly way. As Leonardo da Vinci put it, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. The team behind published its technical whitepaper —which, by the way, not all cryptocurrency projects have done—, and is committed to creating a globally influential open source community by cooperating with other blockchain communities, third-party developers, as well as betting on technical innovations. You can purchase Quantums on Binance.

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Honourable mentions

No ranking would be complete without mentioning some other cryptos that deserve to feature among the best ones due to its added value, the team behind or its novelty. So here they are!

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Dash (DASH)

Probably somewhat underestimated, it seems to have a great potential as a bargaining chip, since it has a simple interface and transactions are almost instantaneous. It is totally anonymous —transactions made with Dash are not recorded.  Along with Monero, this is an interesting crypto for those looking for more privacy. You can buy Dash on Binance.

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Iconomi (ICN)

It is a Cryptocurrency of Slovenian origin.  It is a different project in that it is the first to distribute dividends among the holders of its token, so you can earn in two ways: 1. having Iconomi and 2. with the periodic distribution of dividends (by the way, it is paid in Ethereums). It will probably work in a similar way as an investment fund does. For all that, it is a project that stands out from the crowd. You can buy Iconomis on Binance.

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Tron (TRX)

Based on the Ethereum blockchain, it offers full user control. It has been listed on the YoBit exchange house and integrated in Gifto (a protocol focused on virtual gifts). Last year it grew over 700%. You can buy Trons on Binance.

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Octanox (OTX)

A new kid on the block…chain. Right now you can only buy it on coinmarketcap, though, as far as I am aware, there is also an imminent agreement with Yobit and some talks going on with Bittrex . It intends to be a decentralized exchange and expand to other sectors such as mobile games. Surprisingly enough, an Indonesian group bought a lot of OTX from the ICO (Initial Currency Offering). To be honest, this currency has me a little out of place. We’ll have to wait and see what direction the wind winds. Yes, the cryptocurrencies market is swings and roundabouts, but I’d recommend you keep an eye on Octanox It may cause quite a stir in the near future. You can buy Octanox on Binance.

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Maidsafe (MAID)

A crypto currency that, as bold as brass, aims to change the Internet from its same structure, putting an end to the monopoly of data —and of our information— by big corporations. So far, Maidsafe has gone unnoticed. Its goal is very ambitious, maybe it wants to bite off more than it can chew.  Anyway, just moving further in this direction, would be an awesome breakthrough.

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Lisk (LSK)

They have reached an agreement with Microsoft and their initial offer drew a lot of attention and investment. At the moment, it seems that the evolution of its  price is falling short of the expectations raised, but we’ll have to be on the ball sincedeep pockets are backing it. You can buy Lisk on Binance.

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It is a surprisingly consistent utility token, which means its value comes from how useful it is (and how much demand there is for its utility) within the Binance ecosystem. Brendan Eich, the founder, helped create Javascript and is a co-founder of Mozilla Firefox. You can get Binance coin on Binance.

 

A Proof-of-Work (PoW)  protocol is a measure to deter denial of service attacks and other service abuses such as spam on a network by requiring some work from the service requester, typically processing time by a computer.

Proof of Stake (PoS) means that a person can extract or validate block transactions based on how many coins they have, i.e., the more cryptocurrencies a miner has, the more power they have.

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Marcel Solé · Financial translator, trainer and Blockchain enthusiast

I hope you found this post interesting.

Thanks!

Speaking in tongues by Ella Frances

An illustrated compendium of untranslatable expressions

Yesterday I bought this book by Ella Frances Sanders and I just can’t stop reading it. It was love at first sight and I was not wrong: I’m enjoying each and every page of this surprising, beautiful and engaging  work.

Curious expressions from around the world

If you are a translator, a linguist, or you simply enjoy the intricacies of language, I bet you’ll love it too. In this book you’ll discover lots of hidden treasures from all over the world waiting to be found and  over 50 beautiful ink illustrations that will make you smile and dream. It’s a quick enough read and makes the perfect gift for word nerds.  It is a charming collection of  drawings featuring quaint and funny expressions that have no direct translation into other languages, most of them quite surprising, hilarious or even shocking.  Each phrase receives a two-page spread. On the right hand side, the author provides the phrase in its original language along with its translation—both of which are superimposed on the illustration. On the left hand side, Sanders interprets the expression’s meaning. Furthermore, the author gives context, history, the equivalent in different countries, if any, and takes notice that some of them are not true to facts. It’s no wonder it has become an international bestseller!

Most of the expressions in the book are idioms —with a figurative  and often surrealistic meaning— showing the quirky ways people  express themselves in different languages and cultures*, yet some of them are interjections which convey emotions in an astonishing and exclamatory way. The title of the book itself is a sort of idiom: speaking in tongues or Glossolalia is a phenomenon in which people speak in languages unknown to them.

*In Romanian, ‘îl scoţi din pepeni’, (literally, ‘To pull someone out of their watermelons’) is to drive someone crazy, a bit nuts. In French ‘J’ai le cafard’ (literally, ‘I have the  cockroach’) means “(to) feel blue”, that is to say (to) feel sad, somber, or glum.

As for the author, her bio reads “Ella Frances Sanders is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in Bath, UK. Her first book, Lost in Translation – An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words is an international bestseller, and her second book The Illustrated Book of Sayings – Curious Expressions from Around the World was published in September 2016″.

So, without further ado, here are the covers and back cover:

English version

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Spanish version

 

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French version

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The illustrated book of sayings

A charming illustrated collection of more than fifty expressions from around the globe that explores the nuances of language

Lost in Translation Note Cards: Untranslatable Words from Around the World 

Collection of note cards featuring illustrations of phrases and words from around the globe with no English equivalent—the perfect gift for word nerds and aspiring travelers of all stripes.

Recommended book

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This account of how they have contributed to the development of languages, the emergence of literatures, the dissemination of knowledge and the spread of values tells the story of world culture itself.

If we ruled the world: an awesome workshop

The World Game

Last Saturday I was happy enough to attend an amazing workshop in  Barcelona under the wing of IAM, which is an alternative think-tank community exploring the evolution of internet cultures and the future influence of digital technologies.

To be honest, at first I was pretty clueless about the event and how it worked, but since I am really fond of foresight science —or, if you like, futures studies or prospective science— I decided to give it a chance and, in the end, it was far beyond my initial expectations. It was indeed one of the best workshops I have ever attended.

Foresight studies involve critical thinking regarding long-term developments, speculation about future trends and interdisciplinary debates. Forecasting, forward thinking, strategic analysis and networking are key components of this relatively new discipline. In the last decade, scenario methods have become widely used in some European countries in policy-making.

Soon I found out that it was an update of Buckminster Fuller‘s World Game first proposed in 1961 for the era of global finance, statecraft, big data, climate change and mass migration. Fuller was a 20th century inventor and visionary and one of the pioneers of foresight science. His ideas continue to influence new generations of scientists, economists, designers, architects, and artists all over the world working to create a sustainable planet.

The session, organized by Phi Collective, was masterfully conducted by Aliaksandra Smirnova, who managed to boost engagement and creativity —even though it was on a Saturday morning— and turned the workshop into an exciting and inspiring experience.

During the session, participants learned to identify future trends and imagine upcoming scenarios, so that we could figure out possible solutions to tomorrow’s challenges, such as climate change, floods, droughts, climate refugees, housing, logistics, big data…

It is amazing what synergies between people from different disciplines can achieve. It really works wonders! The workshop was very well though-out, implemented in a very productive way , the training material was wonderfully designed, and again,  it was conducted in both an engaging and professional way. This magnificent workshop was designed by Calum Bowden and Aliaksandra Smirnova.

I strongly recommend that all universities, secondary schools, companies, international and government bodies organize the world game. No doubt about it. It is an astonishing, productive and enjoyable experience. Furthermore, It can be applied to many areas and case scenarios. It definitely ranks among the best events I have ever attended.

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Top 10 “Weirdest” words in the world

World’s Weirdest words

“Very strange and unusual, unexpected, or not natural”… This is the definition that the Cambridge Dictionary provides for Weird. It goes without saying that I could have  given this post a different title: “Top rarest words”, or “Unusual words”,  or even “Most wonderful words in the world”, since some of them strike me as little works of art. Be that as it may, the following words feature among the most curious, odd, original or funny ones in the world.  The reasons why I have ranked them among the top 10 are varied: from its meaning and its sonority to the way they were formed and its originality. You will also find some honorable mentions at the end of this post. I’m sure you know more interesting words in other languages worthy of featuring in this post, so please feel free to share them in the comments box below.

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Chutzpah (חֻצְפָּה)

Language: Yiddish. Incorporated into English language.
Phonetic transcription: (/ˈhʊtspə, ˈxʊt-/)
Origin/Etymology: It derives from the Hebrew word ḥutspâ (חֻצְפָּה)
Meaning: to be extremely cheeky, impertinent beyound belief.

Chichinabo

Language: Spanish (Spain)
Phonetic transcription: ͡ʧ i ͡ʧ i n a β̞ o (AFI)
Origin/Etymology: from De chicha (spirits) and nabo (turnip)
Meaning: third-rate, valueless, inferior, very poor quality. The word turnip usually has sexual connotations in Spanish. Even in Spanish, It sounds funny and playful.

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karoshi (過労死)

Language: Japanese
Phonetic transcription: /kaˈrəʊʃi/
Origin/Etymology:  from 過労 (karō, “overwork”) + 死 (shi, “death”).
Meaning: death caused by overwork or job-related exhaustion.

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Schadenfreude

Language: German
Phonetic transcription:  /ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/
Origin/Etymology: from Schaden, “damage, harm”, and Freude, “joy”.
Meaning: taking delight in the misfortune of others

Sgiomlaireachd

Sgiomlaireachd

Language: Scottish_Gaelic
Phonetic transcription: /ˈskʲimiɫəɾʲəxk/
Alternative form: sgimilearachd
Origin/Etymology: sgimilear (intruder) + -achd
Meaning: the habit of dropping in at mealtimes. To drop in means call informally and briefly as a visitor.

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(to) Ape

Language: English
Phonetic transcription: /eɪp/
Origin/Etymology: From Middle English ape, from Old English apa (“ape, monkey”), from Proto-Germanic *apô (“monkey, ape”),
Meaning: to imitate or mimic, particularly to imitate poorly. (v., transitive)

Arachibutyrophobia

Language: English
Origin/Etymology: from Latin arachis (“peanut”) + butyrum (“butter”) +‎ -phobia.
Meaning: to have a morbid fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth

Pana Po´o

Pana Po´o

Language: Hawaiian
Meaning: to scratch one’s head while trying to remember something.

Mamporrero

Language: Spanish
Phonetic transcription: m ã m p o r e ɾ o (AFI)
Origin/Etymology: from mamporro (a blow) + ero (suffix)
Meaning: Person who helps horses when breeding, by placing the colt’s member into the mare’s pudenda.

Schuld

Schuld

Language: German
Phonetic transcription: /ʃʊlt/
Origin/Etymology: from Old High German sculd, from Proto-Germanic skuldiz.
Meaning: Schuld means debt, but, fancy that! It is also a synonym for guilt.

+10 Honorable mentions

Needless to say, there are thousands of weird or curious words which deserve to feature in this ranking. The following are just a few examples. Again, feel free to contribute with any word you deem weird, curious or interesting:

TARTLE (Scottish Gaelic): that moment before you introduce someone and you suddenly forget their name.

DÉPAYSANT (French) the feeling you get when you’re in a new place and experiencing very new things that make you feel foreign, like a fish out of water.

KERFUFFLE (British English): to make a fuss or a bother, usually when people have different points of view.

TOCAYO (Spanish) A person who shares your first name.

TSUNDOKU (Japanese): it really means a book only intended to put it on the shelf and never read it

CAFUNÉ (Brazilian Portuguese): delicately running one’s fingers through someone’s hair

CAPICUA (Catalan). Literally “head-and-tail”: number, word, phrase, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward as forward. Spanish borrowed the Catalan word, so “capicúa” (with an accent) is also a Spanish word.

FLÂNER (French):  to wander with no particular destination

MENCOLEK (indonesian): the act of tapping someone on the shoulder to fool them into thinking someone is on the other side

HULLABALLOO (English) loud noises and yelling that people make when they’re angry.



Etymology of “Stock Exchange”

Origins of the Stock Exchange

The stock exchange is a place where stock brokers and traders can buy and sell securities, such as stocks or shares, bonds and other financial instruments.

There is no consensus on the place where corporate stocks were first traded. Some see the key event in the founding of the Dutch East India Company, while others claim that a share market existed as far back as ancient Rome. In any case, Amsterdam Stock Exchange was established in 1602 by the Dutch East India Company.

first stock exchange
Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Germany

However, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (in German, Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse), established in 1585,seems to be the oldest stock exchange in Europe. As for the  London Royal Exchange, it was inaugurated by Elizabeth I in 1571. The New York Stock Exchange was set up in 1792.

 

stock market
City of London: Mansion House, by Chris Downer

Alternative names for Stock Exchange are securities exchange or bourse.

Etymology of “Stock Exchange”

It is made up by two words: stock and exchange. Let’s see them separately:

Etymology of “Stock”

The original Stock Market  was a fish and meat market in the City of London near Mansion House. It was so called probably because it was located in the same site of a former stocks (which were large wooden blocks for punishment used in the early 14th  century).

etymology stock market
Punishment wooden stocks photograph by BabelStone

Etymology of “Exchange”

To exhange is the act “of giving one thing and receiving another in return”. It stems from Anglo-French eschaunge, Old French eschange (Modern French échange), from Late Latin excambium, from excambiare, and ultimately from Latin ex “out”+ cambire “barter”.

Stock exchange

 

origin of the Stock exchange
Royal exchange, London

Difference between Stock Market and Stock Exchange

Although often used interchangeably, they are not exactly the same. The stock market is the facility where the buyers and sellers meet to buy and sell securities, whereas  the Stock Exchange is the entity  that provides a system for trading stocks and manages services such as the listing of stocks in the stock exchange.

10 Biggest Stock Exchanges by market capitalization 

  1. New York Stock Exchange, United States
  2. NASDAQ, United States
  3. London Stock Exchange Group, United Kingdom
  4. Japan Exchange Group, Japan
  5. Shanghai Stock Exchange, China
  6. Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Hong Kong (SAR China)
  7. Euronext, United Kingdom, Belgium, Portugal, France, and the Netherlands
  8. Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China
  9. TMX Group, Canada
  10. Deutsche Borse AG, Germany

Stock exchange in other languages

Arabic: تداول الاسهم (tadawul al’ashum)
Basque: Burtsa
Catalan: Borsa
Chinese (Mandarin): 股票交易(gǔpiào jiāoyì)
Danish: Børs
Dutch: Beurs
Esperanto: Borso
French: Bourse f; marché m financier
Galician: Bolsa de valores
Greek: χρηματιστήριο(chrimatistírio)
German: Börse
Hebrew: בּוּרסָה
Hungarian: Tőzsde
Italian: Borsa valori
Irish: Stocmhalartán
Korean: 증권 거래소(jeung-gwon geolaeso)
Latin: stock commutationem
Polish: Giełda Papierów Wartościowych
Portuguese: Bolsa de Valores
Russian: фондовая биржа(fondovaya birzha)
Spanish: Bolsa; Mercado de valores
Swahili: soko la hisa
Turkish: Borsa

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Best Motivational Videos for Entrepreneurs

Motivational videos for Entrepreneurs

Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward!

Here is a selection of my favorite inspirational videos for entrepreneurs, for those who don’t just aspire to make a living, but to make a difference, to add value, to fulfill their potential and make their dreams come true… for those who don’t give up.

Some of the following videos really nail it, some touch a sore spot: that moment when our blood runs cold, maybe because of a low self-esteem, fear of failure, fear of getting our fingers burnt… However, as Rudyard Kipling put it in his famous poem “If”: “If you can meet with triumph and disaster  and treat those impostors just the same…“. So don’t overestimate success nor underestimate the lessons we learn from failure. In my opinion, success is just  a statistical fact. Long term success only comes after many short term failures. The key is not giving up and keep  stubbornly going  forward, towards your vision; in one word: resilience.

Those who make it are neither smarter or more educated than you; some of them have humble beginnings, some of them were even broke when they started their “impossible”dream. They failed over and over again before making it possible, and it goes without saying that they didn’t like failing . But guess what? Every cloud has a silver lining and failure is often a blessing in disguise (that moment when you realize that you can offer a solution to that same problem that previously sent you to hell in a handbasket).

Right now, the only difference between you and them is just that they were determined to reach their goal, they were committed to their vision. If you have a dream, if you have a vision, if you believe in your business idea but you get cold feet just before making the first step, let me give you a little nudge to change your mindset and start building your dream:

“Most people don’t reach their dream not because of failure, but because they give up”. That’s how this inspirational video begins.

Life is too short and our dreams too wonderful to let fear make big decisions for us, but most people do.

At the end of the day, if your dreams are aligned with your values, and personal ethics; if you can make your life and that of the ones surrounding you better, just… go for it!

Inspiring entrepreneur quotes:

The entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer ~ Nola Bushnell.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started ~ Mark Twain.

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people don’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

Impossible only means that you haven’t found the solution yet.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Sell the problem you solve, not the product.

Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you ~  Tony Hsieh

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out  how far one can go ~ T.S. Eliot

 

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… And some inspirational poems…

Henry Charles Bukowski wrote this magnificent poem: Go all the way, which along with the poem If by Rudyard Kipling is one of the best examples of motivational literature I have ever had the pleasure to read. You can now enjoy both on video. So take a deep breath and  get carried away.

Charles Bukowski German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer: Go all the way

Rudyard Kipling , English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist: If

In English with Spanish subtitles

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Variants, dialects and accents of English

Variants, dialects and accents of the English language

English is nowadays the global lingua franca and the third most-spoken native language in the world (the top 10  languages in the world by number of native speakers are: 1. Mandarin Chinese 2. Spanish 3. English 4. Hindi 5. Arabic 6.French 7. Portuguese 8. Bengali 9. Russian and 10. Indonesian). As Bill Bryson puts it in his memorable book The mother tongue, it is a an irony that “a language that was treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants, should one day become the most important and successful language in the world”

As you may know, English is not a uniform language, by a long shot.  From cockney to received pronunciation,  from Jamaican English to  Canadian English and, of course, from the so-called “British English” to “American English”, there are countless examples of local variants, dialects and accents.

But first of all we must make clear what a variant, a dialect and an accent are:

  • A variant is a specific form of a language used in a culture, for example English is a language, and English as used in the USA is a language variant.
  • A dialect is a form of a language spoken in a particular part of a country, containing some different words and grammar.
  • An accent is the way in which people living in or from a particular region or social group pronounce words.

I’ve thought that the best way, or, if you like, the most  straightforward way of understanding such differences and variations is by watching the following videos offered by some awesome native speakers:

acentos en inglés

 

British English

 

Standard British English 

Standard British English (often associated with British English and the Received Pronunciation) refers to the dialect of English language that is used as the national norm in a British country, especially as the language for public and formal usage. grammar and vocabulary. Abbreviation: BrE, UK

3 minutes to a proper British accent with U of A“.

Received Pronunciation (RP)

Other names: RP,  BBC Pronunciation, the Queen’s English.

Received Pronunciation is an accent, not a dialect, since all RP speakers  are supposed to speak standard English.  According to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, RP is the “standard accent of English as spoken in the south of England”. However,h it can be heard from native speakers throughout England and Wales, since it is identified  not so much with a particular region as with a particular social group (mostly upper and upper middle class).

Cockney (London)

Area: London ( East End are Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Stepney, Wapping, Limehouse, Poplar, Clerkenwell, Aldgate, Shoreditch, Millwall, Cubitt Town, Hackney, Hoxton, Bow and Mile End.)

Aly Williams.  Youtube Channel: Learn English with Papa Teach Me

Brummie (Birmingham)

Region: Birmingham, England.
Number of speakers: 3.7 million

Joel and Lia Youtube channel

Picky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory on brummie accent  (minute 03: 50)

…Even Picky Blinder’s creator, Steven Knight,  admitted that Birmingham’s accent is “very difficult to get right”.

Scouse (Liverpool)

Region: Merseyside, England.

English like a native Youtube Channel

Liverpool fc Youtube channel

Geordie

Region: Newcastle, South Northumberland, Tyneside

Graham Oakes’ Youtube channel

Yorkshire accent

Region: Yorkshire, England
Alternative names: Broad Yorkshire, Tyke, Yorkie, or Yorkshire English

Go to Harrison Fletcher’s Youtube Channel

Scottish English

Region: Scotland
Alternative names: Scottish Standard English or Standard Scottish English (SSE).

Youtube Channel: Beauty Creep

Irish English

Alternative names: Hiberno-English
Region: Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Number of speakers: 4.3 million

American English (Standard)

Region: United States of America
Number of speakers: 225 million
Abbreviations: AmE, AE, AmEng, USEng, en-US
Alternative names: United States English or U.S. English
Varieties: Eastern New England, New York City, South, North, Midland, West

US map United States map

 

Youtube Channel:  Pronunciation Pro

American English accents

Fun tour of American accents by Amy Walker, actress, singer and accent chameleon:

Youtube channel: Amy Walker

New England (Connecticut) Accent

Youtube channel: Electric Ryan

New videos coming soon.

Canadian English

Region: Canada
Abbreviations: CanE, CE, en-CA
Native speakers: 19,4 million

 Youtube Channel: Like a Native Speaker

Australian English (Aussie English)

Region: Australia
Native speakers: 16,5 million
Abbreviation: AuE; en-AU)

Youtube channel: Tabloid Junk

New Zealand English

Region: New Zealand
Abbreviation: (NZE)
Number of speakers: 3.8 million

Amy Walker’s Youtube channel

Gibraltarian English

Region: Gibraltar, Iberian Peninsula, Europe.
Abbreviation: GibE

Nigerian English

Region:Nigeria, Africa
Number of speakers: approximately 150 million

Nigeria

Youtube channel:  Adefolake

Jamaican English

Region: Jamaica, Caribbean Sea, America
Number of speakers: 2,890,000

Indian English

Region: India, Asia
Abbreviations: IndE, IE
Number of speakers: around 10% of its population (125 million people) speak English, second only to the USA and expected to quadruple in the next decade! English is also the co-official language of the Indian government.

So… who knows? Maybe we’ll all end up speaking the Indian English variant!
By the way, here is one of the funniest videos about English variants I have ever seen, so enjoy it!

 Youtube Channel: Dyaus Prithivi

One thing is for sure: they have a great sense of humor 🙂

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So, as you can see, English language differs greatly from one variant or dialect to another. Robert Burchfield, a New Zealander lexicographer, scholar, and writer, even asserted that American English and British English were drifting away so rapidly that within two centuries both nations won’t be able to understand each other. Whether it is true or not, it remains to be seen. It is my belief that  platforms such as Netflix or HBO, will play an important role regarding this issue.

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Multilingual Idioms, Sayings and Colloquialisms Illustrated

Idioms, Sayings and Colloquialisms in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese…

Here is an extensive list of illustrated idioms, sayings and colloquialisms and its equivalents in other languages. Please note that I have often added the word by word translation in parentheses just after the idiom/saying/colloquialism version in other languages so that the reader can get a picture of its deep, symbolic or allegorical meaning. If you want to contribute with other languages, make amendments or comments about nuances, you are very welcome.

This post will be  periodically updated with new multilingual idioms, sayings, colloquialisms and awesome illustrations!

Idioms

They are truly ubiquitous in almost any language, but if we translate them literally, idioms often lose their meaning. That’s why adaptation is part and parcel of the translation process. An idiom is a group of words or a set expression that have a figurative meaning, and not a literal one. Maybe it looks like a tough nut to crack, or what you are reading is Greek to you but, believe me, it’s not rocket science. 🙂

Like two peas in a pod in many languages

multilingual idioms illustrated

Like two peas in a pod  in other languages:

Like two peas in a pod in Spanish: Como dos gotas de agua (like two water droplets).
Like two peas in a pod in French: Comme deux gouttes d’eau (like two water droplets).
Like two peas in a pod in German: Sich gleichen wie ein ei dem anderen (they are so similar as one egg to another)

Like two peas in a pod in Italian: Come due gocce d’acqua (literally, like two water droplets).
Like two peas in a pod in Portuguese: Como duas gotas de água (literally, like two water droplets).
Like two peas in a pod in Finnish: Finnish: kuin kaksi marjaa (literally, Like two berries).
Like two peas in a pod in Romanian:  ca două picături de apă (literally, like two water droplets).
Like two peas in a pod in Swedish: vara lika som bär.
Like two peas in a pod in Catalan: com dues gotes d’aigua (literally, like two water droplets) pastats (pasted)
Like two peas in a pod in Waloon: rishonner come deus gotes d’ aiwe (literally,  like two water droplets).

It’s not rocket science in many languages

It's not rocket science

It’s not rocket science  in other languages::

It’s not rocket science in Spanish: no hay que ser una lumbrera / genio.
It’s not rocket science in French: ce n’est pas sorcier. (literally, this is not witchcraft)
It’s not rocket science in Italian: non è niente di trascendentale.
It’s not rocket science in German: Das ist nicht so kompliziert (literally, that is not so complicated); Das ist keine Hexerei (literally, this is not witchcraft); Das ist keine Diplomarbeit! (this is not a Diploma Thesis)
It’s not rocket science in  Portuguese: não é um bicho de sete cabeças (literally,  it’s not a seven-headed creature)

A tough nut to crack in many languages

Un hueso duro de roes

A tough nit to crack  in other languages:

The detainee is a hard nut to crack. He hasn’t confessed anything during the interrogation.

A hard nut to crack (fig. problem, person) in Spanish: un hueso duro de roer (a hard bone to  gnaw).
A hard nut to crack (fig. problem, person) in French: Dur à cuire (hard to cook)
This is a hard nut to crack in German: Das ist ein dicker  (That’s a fat one)/ harter Brocken (hard chunks).
A hard nut to crack (fig. problem, person) in Italian:  un osso duro (a hard bone ).
This is a hard nut to crack  in Portuguese: um osso duro de roer (a hard bone to  gnaw).
A hard nut to crack (fig. problem, person) in Mandarin Chinese: 难以攻克的困难 (Difficult to overcome)
A hard nut to crack (fig. problem, person) in  Danish: en hård nød at knække (a hard need to crack)
A hard nut to crack (fig. problem, person) in Catalan: un os dur de rossegar (a hard bone to  gnaw).

(to) clutch at straws in many languagesto clutch at straws

Alternative form: grasp at straws

A drowning man will clutch at straws.

(to) clutch at straws  in other languages:

(to) clutch at straws in Spanish: Agarrarse a un clavo ardiendo (to clutch at a burning nail).
(to) clutch at straws in French: Se raccrocher aux branches (to cling to the branches).
(to) clutch at straws in German: Nach Strohhalmen greifen (to clutch at straws) also Sich an einen Strohhalm klammern (clutch at straws).
(to) clutch at straws in Italian: Crearsi delle illusioni (to make up hopes)
Similar to “A drowning man will clutch at straws” in Portuguese: quem não tem cão, caça com gato (Who does not have dog, hunts with a cat).
(to) clutch at straws in Catalan: Agafar-se a la taula de salvació
(clutching at a salvation board).
(to) clutch at straws in Basque: iltze goriari heldu (to the nail polished).

(to) hit the nail on the head in many languages

dar en el clavo en inglés

(to) hit the nail on the head  in other languages:

(to) hit the nail on the head in Chinese:
Mandarin: 一針見血 (zh), 一针见血 (zh) (yīzhēnjiànxiě) (draw blood on the first prick)
(to) hit the nail on the head in Catalan: Justa la fusta (just to the whip); clavar-la (to nail it).
(to) hit the nail on the head in Czech: uhodit hřebíček na hlavičku, udeřit hřebíček na hlavičku (to hit the cloves on the head,  to hit the nail on the head).
(to) hit the nail on the head in Danish: ramme hovedet på sømmet (to  hit the head on the seam).
(to) hit the nail on the head in Dutch: de spijker op de kop slaan (to hit the nail on the head).
(to) hit the nail on the head in Finnish: osua naulan kantaan (to hit the nail on the head).
(to) hit the nail on the head in French: faire mouche (literally, to do the fly).
(to) hit the nail on the head in German: den Nagel auf den Kopf treffen ((to hit the nail on the head).
(to) hit the nail on the head in Hungarian: fején találja a szöget (hu)
(to) hit the nail on the head in Icelandic: hitta naglann á höfuðið, eiga kollgátuna, hitta í mark, koma orðum að kjarna máls, tilgreina kjarna máls
(to) hit the nail on the head in Italian: colpire nel segno (to hit the mark).
(to) hit the nail on the head in Lithuanian: durti kaip pirštu į akį (prick as finger in the eye)
(to) hit the nail on the head in Polish: trafić w sedno (to hit the nail)
(to) hit the nail on the head in Portuguese: acertar em cheio (literally, to fully hit).
(to) hit the nail on the head in Russian: попа́сть не в бровь а в глаз (popástʹ ne v brovʹ a v glaz) (hit not the brow but the eye), попа́сть в то́чку (popástʹ v tóčku) (hit the spot)
(to) hit the nail on the head in Spanish: dar en el blanco (to hit the bullseye), dar en el clavo (to hit the nail); clavarlo (to nail it)
(to) hit the nail on the head in Swedish: slå huvudet på spiken (to turn your head on the nail).
(to) hit the nail on the head in Basquebete-betean asmatu (fully invented)erdiz erdi asmatu (half invented)

Old wine in new bottles in other languages

Old wine in different bottles

Alternative forms and equivalents: Old wine in a new bottle; the same old same old; the same old stuff; another day, another dollar; same shite different night.

It is a reference to the parable of Jesus of New Wine into Old Wineskins, Matthew 9:14–17, Mark 2:21–22, and Luke 5:33–39.

They hoped that the new president would not be old wine in a new bottle, but that he would fulfil the aspirations of the working class.

Old wine in new bottles  in other languages::

Old wine in new bottles in Spanish: El mismo perro con diferente collar (the same dog with different collar).
Old wine in new bottles in French: Bonnet blanc, blanc bonnet (white bonnet, bonnet white).
Old wine in new bottles in GermanNeuer Wein in alten Flaschen. 
Old wine in new bottles in Italian: (Translation needed)
Old wine in new bottles in Portuguese: (Translation needed)
Old wine in new bottles in Persianرایه ایده ای کهنه در لباسی نو‎ (An old idea in a new dress).
Old wine in new bottles in Finnish: Vanhaa viiniä uudessa pulloss (old wine in a new pulloss)
Old wine in new bottles in Catalan: de moliner mudaràs i de lladre no t’escaparàs (you will change to miller and won’t escape from thief).

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(to) Split hairs in many languages

She always has to split hairs, doesn’t she?

(to) split hairs  in other languages::

(to) split hairs in Spanish: buscar tres pies al gato (literally, try to find three feet  in the cat); rizar el rizo (literally, to curl the curl)
(to) split hairs in French: chercher midi à quatorze heures. (lterally, look for noon to fourteen o’clock).
(to) split hairs in German: haarspalterei (literally, hair splitting).
(to) split hairs in Italian: spaccare il capello in quattro (literally, split the hair into four) , cercare il pelo nell’uovo (literally, look for the hair in the egg).
(to) split hairs in Portuguese: discutir detalhezinhos, fazer distinções miúdas (literally, discuss small details, make small distinctions).
(to) split hairs in Finnish: hiusten halkominen (literally, hair splitting).
(to) split hairs in Catalan: buscar tres peus al gat (literally, try to find three feet  in the cat).
(to) split hairs in Basque: izurra izurtu (literally,  to plunge the pestle).

(like) water off a duck’s back in many languages

like water off a duck's back

Listen to me: just ignore these slanders, like water off a duck’s back.

Like water off a duck’s back  in other languages::

Like water off a duck’s back in Spanish: como quien oye llover
Like water off a duck’s back in French: comme l’eau sur le dos d’un canard
Like water off a duck’s back in German:  alles an ihm ab
Like water off a duck’s back in Italian:  è come parlare al muro
Like water off a duck’s back in Portuguese: entrar por um ouvido e sair pelo outro
Like water off a duck’s back in Catalan: com si sentís ploure
Like water off a duck’s back in Polish:  jak po kaczce
Like water off a duck’s back in  Czech: jedním uchem tam, druhým ven
Like water off a duck’s back in Russian: как с гу́ся вода́
Like water off a duck’s back in  Swedish: som vatten på en gås

(to) lose one’s train of thought in many languages

to lose one's train of thought

Sorry… what was I saying? I lost my train of thought.

(to) lose one’s train of thought  in other languages:

(to) lose one’s train of thought in Spanish:  irse el santo al cielo; perder el hilo
(to) lose one’s train of thought in French: Perdre le fil de sa pensée
(to) lose one’s train of thought in German: den Faden verlieren;
aus dem Konzept geraten
(to) lose one’s train of thought in Italian: perdere  perduto ilfilo del discorso.
(to) lose one’s train of thought in Portuguese: perder a linha de pensamento / raciocínio
(to) lose one’s train of thought in Catalan: anar-se’n el sant al cel.
(to) lose one’s train of thought in Basque: ahaztu, ahantzi; adia/arreta galdu

Gift of tongues in many languages

idioms

 

Alternative form: gift for languages

Mary’s got a gift for languages / gift of tongues. She can speak English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Corsican.

Gift of tongues  in other languages:

Gift for languages in Spanish: don de lenguas.
Gift for languages in French: don de langues.
Gift for languages in German: Sprachbegabung.
Gift for languages in Italian: dono delle lingue.
Gift for languages in Portuguese: dom das línguas.
Gift for languages in Catalan: do de llengües.

It’s a small world!  in many languages

El mundo es un pañuelo

You know my cousin!? Well, it’s a small world, isn’t it?

It’s a small world  in other languages:

It’s a small world in Finnish: maailma on pieni
It’s a small world in French: le monde est petit (fr)
It’s a small world in German: die ganze Welt ist ein Dorf, wie klein die Welt doch ist, unsere Welt ist ja so klein
It’s a small world in Hungarian: kicsi a világ
It’s a small world in Italian: il mondo è piccolo, com’è piccolo il mondo, come è piccolo il mondo
It’s a small world in Japanese: 世間は広い様で狭い (せけんはひろいようでせまい, seken wa hiroi yō de semai), 世界は狭い (せかいはせまい, sekai wa semai), 世間は狭い (せけんはせまい, seken wa semai)
It’s a small world in Polish: jaki ten świat mały
It’s a small world in Russian: мир те́сен (mir tésen)
It’s a small world in Spanish: el mundo es un pañuelo
It’s a small world in Swedish: världen är liten
It’s a small world in Catalan: el món és un mocador (ca)

business idioms

A cock-and-bull story in many languages

Idioms, sayings and colloquialisms illustrated

un cuento chino

He gave us some cock-and-bull story about having to be in a meeting.

A cock-and-bull story  in other languages:

Cock-and-bull story in Spanish: un cuento chino (literally, a Chinese story)
Cock-and-bull story in French: une histoire à dormir debout (literally, a story to sleep standing up)
Cock-and-bull story in German: Lügengeschichte (literally, pack of lies)
Cock-and-bull story in Italian: frottola (literally,  fib)
Cock-and-bull story in Portuguese: história para boi dormir (literally, a story to sleep ox)
Cock-and-bull story in Catalan: un sopar de duro (literally, a 5 cents coin story)
Cock-and-bull story in Basque: (col.gezur (huts) (literally, lie)

As nutty as a fruitcake in many languages

It’s all Greek to me in many languages

Greek

I don’t understand a bloody word. It’s all Greek to me!

Alternative form in English: It’s double Dutch.

Here is a list of expressions meaning the same in many languages. Chinese seems to be the number one choice when it comes to define an unintelligible language or handwriting.  Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Turkish are coming behind… I have pinpointed those languages that appear in some other language’s expressions with an arrow (►). The Serbian and Croatian cases strike me as the most funny, they literally mean: “These are to me a Spanish village” and “These are to me the Spanish countryside”.

It’s all Greek to me in Albanian: Mos fol kinezce. ( Do not speak Chinese).
It’s all Greek to me in Afrikaans: Dis Grieks vir my. ( It’s Greek to me).
► It’s all Greek to me in Arabic: .يتحدث باللغة الصينية ; .يحكي كرشوني ; بتتكلم بالهندي؟ (Speaking in Chinese/ Syriac / Are you speaking Hindi?)
It’s all Greek to me in Asturian: Suename chinu, Ta’n chinu. (It sounds like Chinese to me. This is in Chinese).
It’s all Greek to me in Basque: ulertezin, ulergaitz, ezin ulertuzko; txinera
It’s all Greek to me in Bulgarian: Все едно ми говориш на патагонски. (It’s like you’re talking in Patagonian.)
It’s all Greek to me in Cantonese: 呢啲係咪鬼畫符呀 ? / 呢啲係唔鬼畫符呀 ?(Is this ghost’s script?)
It’s all Greek to me in Catalan: Això està en xinès. (This is Chinese)
It’s all Greek to me in Cebuano: Nilatin; Inintsik. (Latin, Chinese)
It’s all Greek to me in Croatian: To su za mene španska sela. (These are to me the Spanish countryside)
It’s all Greek to me in Czech: To je pro mě španělská vesnice (This is a Spanish village to me)
It’s all Greek to me in Danish: Det rene volapyk. (This is pure gibberish)
It’s all Greek to me in Dutch: Dat is Chinees voor mij; Ik snap er geen jota van. (That is Chinese to me; I don’t understand one iota of it)
It’s all Greek to me in Esperanto: Tio estas Volapukaĵo. (That’s a Volapük thing).
It’s all Greek to me in Estonian: See on mulle hiina keel. (This is Chinese to me).
It’s all Greek to me in Filipino: Parang Intsik (It looks like Chinese).
It’s all Greek to me in Finnish: Täyttä hepreaa. Kuulostaa siansaksalta. (It’s all Hebrew; Sounds like gibberish).
►It’s all Greek to me in French: C’est du chinois; C’est de l’hébreu. (It’s Chinese/Hebrew)
It’s all Greek to me in German: Das kommt mir spanisch vor (That sounds like Spanish to me); Spreche ich chinesisch? ( Am I speaking Chinese?); Fachchinesisch (specialty Chinese(= technical jargon)); Kauderwelsch; Böhmische Dörfer; Polnisch rückwärts (Polish reversed).
►►It’s all Greek to me in Greek: Αυτά μου φαίνονται αλαμπουρνέζικα. (These seem to me gobbledygook).
It’s all Greek to me in Greek Cypriot: Εν τούρτζικα που μιλάς (Are you speaking Turkish?)
It’s all Greek to me in Hebrew: זה סינית בשבילי (It’s Chinese to me!).
It’s all Greek to me in Hungarian: Ez nekem kínai. (It’s Chinese to me).
It’s all Greek to me in Icelandic: Hrognamál (Fish-egg language)
It’s all Greek to me in Indonesioan: Bahasa planet ((Other)-planet language)
It’s all Greek to me in Italian: Questo per me è arabo/aramaico/ostrogoto / (This is Arabic/Aramaic/Ostrogoth to me)
It’s all Greek to me in Japanese: ちんぷんかんぷん (“Ching chong”)
It’s all Greek to me in Latin: Graecum est; nōn legitur (This is Greek; it can’t be read)
It’s all Greek to me in Latvian: Tā man ir ķīniešu ābece (This is Chinese alphabet book to me)
It’s all Greek to me in Lithuanian: Tai man kaip kinų kalba (This is Chinese alphabet book to me)
It’s all Greek to me in Macedonian: За мене тоа е шпанско село. (It is for me a Spanish village).
►►It’s all Greek to me in Mandarin: 火星文 (Martian language); 看起來像天書。/看起来像天书。(looks like hieroglyphics); 這是鬼畫符嗎?/这是鬼画符吗?(Is this written in ghost’s script? > poor, incomprehensible handwriting); 聽起來像鳥語。/ 听起来像鸟语。(Sounds like the birds)

Me suena a chino en otros idiomas
It’s all Greek to me in Norwegian: Det er helt gresk for meg. (It’s complete Greek to me)
It’s all Greek to me in Persian: انگار ژاپنی حرف می زنه (It’s as if he/she’s speaking Japanese); مگه ترکی حرف میزنم؟ (Am I speaking Turkish)
It’s all Greek to me in Polish: To dla mnie chińszczyzna. (It is Chinese, to me); Siedzieć jak na tureckim kazaniu (Sit as in a Turkish sermon); Czeski film (Czech movie)
It’s all Greek to me in Portuguese: Isto para mim é chinês / grego (This is Chinese / Greek to me)
It’s all Greek to me in Romanian: Parcă e chineză. (It’s like Chinese)
It’s all Greek to me in Russian: Это для меня китайская грамота (That’s Chinese writing to me).
It’s all Greek to me in Serbian: То су за мене шпанска села (These are to me a Spanish village); К’о да кинески причаш. (Like speaking in Chinese).
►It’s all Greek to me in Spanish: Está en chino/arameo. (This is in Chinese/Aramaic); Me suena a chino/arameo. (It sounds like Chinese/Aramaic to me); No entiendo ni jota (I don’t understand one iota of it).
It’s all Greek to me in Swedish: Det är rena grekiskan. (It’s all Greek).
►It’s all Greek to me in Turkish: Konuya Fransız kaldım. (I am French to the topic); Anladıysam Arap olayım. (If I could understand, I’d be an Arab.)
It’s all Greek to me in Ukranian: Це для мене китайська грамота. (That’s Chinese writing to me)

No great shakes in many languages

como para tirar cohetes

The actors are not great shakes.

No great shakes  in other languages:

No great shakes in Spanish: (no ser como) para tirar cohetes.
No great shakes in French: ça casse pas des briques.
No great shakes in German: nicht gerade vom Hocker hauen.
No great shakes in Italian: non è che brilli.

Let bygones be bygones in many languages

pelillos a la mar

They decided to let bygones be bygones for the sake of coexistence.

Let bygones be bygones  in other languages:

Let bygones be bygones in Spanish: Pelillos a la mar; el pasado, pasado está.
Let bygones be bygones in French: Passons l’éponge.
Let bygones be bygones in German: die Vergangenheit ruhen lassen; die Vergangenheit Vergangenheit sein lassen.
Let bygones be bygones in Italian:  Mettiamoci una pietra sopra
Let bygones be bygones in Portuguese: águas passadas não movem moinhos.
Let bygones be bygones in Dutch: geen oude koeien uit de sloot halen, zand erover!
Let bygones be bygones in Catalan: Fer creu i ratlla.
Let bygones be bygones in Irish: An rud atá thart bíodh sé thart.

(to) get goosebumps in many languages

Idioms, sayings and colloquialisms illustrated

get goose bumps

His speech was awesome! I got goosebumps when he said the last lines.

(to) get goosebumps  in other languages:

(to) get goosebumps in Spanish: poner(se) la piel de gallina.
(to) get goosebumps in French: avoir la chair de poule.
(to) get goosebumps in German: Ich bekam eine Gänsehaut. (I got goosebumps).
(to) get goosebumps in Italian: venire la pelle d’oca.
(to) get goosebumps in Portuguese: arrepiar-se.
(to) get goosebumps in Catalan: posar la pell de gallina.
(to) get goosebumps in Basque: oilo-ipurdi.

(to) go up in smoke in many languages

tQuedar en aguas de borraja

Without a scholarship, his dreams of becoming a doctor would go up in smoke.

(to) go up in smoke  in other languages:

(to) go up in smoke in Spanish: quedar en aguas de borrajas; esfumarse.
(to) go up in smoke in French: partir en fumée.
(to) go up in smoke in German:  sich in Rauch auflösen
(to) go up in smoke in Italianandare in fumo.
(to) go up in smoke in Portuguese: ser mal sucedido;  ser abandonado; fracassar; falhar.
(to) go up in smoke in Catalan: fer-se fonedís; esfumar-se.
(to) go up in smoke in Basque: desagertu, ezkutatu

(to) be the talk of the town in many languages

ser la comidilla

How did you not hear about  her new boyfriend? It’s the talk of the town!

(to be) the talk of the town  in other languages:

(to) be the talk of the town in Spanish: ser la comidilla; estar en boca de todos.
(to) be the talk of the town in French: tout le monde en parle.
(to) be the talk of the town in German:  Stadtgespräch.
(to) be the talk of the town in Italian: sulla bocca di tutti.
(to) be the talk of the town in Catalan: tothom en va ple.
(to) be the talk of the town in Basque: herrian zurrumurruak dabiltza.

english sayings in Spanish dichos ingleses en español proverbios refranes

(to) tar with the same brush in many languages

meter en el mismo saco

It is not fair to tar all politicians with the same brush.

(to) tar with the same brush  in other languages:

(to) tar with the same brush in Spanish: meter en el mismo saco.
(to) tar with the same brush in French: mettre dans le même sac.
(to) tar with the same brush in German: über einen Kamm scheren.
(to) tar with the same brush in Italian: fare di tutta l’erba un fascio.
(to) tar with the same brush in Portuguesemeter no mesmo saco.
(to) tar with the same brush in Catalan: posar en el mateix sac.
(to) tar with the same brush in Irish (Gaelic): caitheamh leo uilig mar aon aicme amháin.
(to) tar with the same brush in Basque: zaku berean sartu.

A storm in a teacup / A tempest in a teapot in many languages

a storm in a teacup

It seemed to me an unimportant detail, but it set off a tempest in a teapot during the debate.

A tempest in a teapot  / A storm in a teacup in other languages:

A tempest in a teapot in Spanish: Una tormenta en un vaso de agua.
A tempest in a teapot in French: tempête dans un verre d’eau
A tempest in a teapot in German: Sturm im Wasserglas
A tempest in a teapot in Italian: tempesta in un bicchiere d’acqua
A tempest in a teapot in Portuguese: tempestade em copo d’água
A tempest in a teapot in Romanianfurtună-n pahar de apă.
A tempest in a teapot in  Russian: бу́ря в стака́не воды́
A tempest in a teapot in Chinese (Mandarin):  小題大做 (zh), 小题大做
A tempest in a teapot in Catalan: una tempesta en un vas d’aigua.
A tempest in a teapot in Danish: storm i et glas vand c (storm in a glass of water)
A tempest in a teapot in Icelandic: veður út af engu, ys og þys út af engu

(to) rack one’s brains in many languages

 

devanarse los sesos en inglés

Alternative forms: (to) wrack on’es brain. (to) rack one’s brain. = Struggle to remember something.

He’s been racking his brains all day, but he can’t remember her telephone number.

(to) rack one’s brain in other languages:

(to) rack one’s brains in Spanish: devanarse los sesos.
(to) rack one’s brains in French: se creuser le cervelle / la tête.
(to) rack one’s brains in German: sich den Kopf zerbrechen.
(to) rack one’s brains in Italianscervellarearrovellarsi
(to) rack one’s brains in Portuguese: quebrar a cabeça.
(to) rack one’s brains in Mandarin Chinese絞盡腦汁 (zh)绞尽脑汁
(to) rack one’s brains in Basque: garnak urtu.
(to) rack one’s brains in Catalan: escarrassar-s’hi.
(to) rack one’s brains Finnish: miettiä päänsä puhki.
(to) rack one’s brains Icelandic: brjóta heilann.
(to) rack one’s brains Japanese: 脳漿を絞る.

A chicken and egg situation / a catch 22 in many languages


A chicken and egg situation / a catch 22 in other languages:

A chicken and egg situation (or a catch 22) in Spanish: Un pez que se muerde la cola
A chicken and egg situation (or a catch 22) in French: serpent qui se mord la queue.

idiomes, dictons et expressions familières
A chicken and egg situation (or a catch 22) in German: Zwickmühle (de) f, Dilemma (de) n, Teufelskreis (de) du, Sackgasse (de) f, ausweglose Situation f
A chicken and egg situation (or a catch 22) in Italian: non c’è via d’uscita. (There’s no way out).

A chicken and egg situation (or a catch 22) in Portuguese: Se ficar o bicho pega, se correr o bicho come  (‘if you run the bug takes (catches), if you stay the bug eats’.)
A chicken and egg situation (or a catch 22) in German: eine Zwickmühle.
A chicken and egg situation (or a catch 22) in Catalan. un peix que es mossega la cua.
 la pescadilla que se muerde la cola
It’s a chicken and egg question: if he stays, there’ll be  trouble for sure, but if he leaves, they will be mad at him.

(to) have a finger in every pie in many languages

en misa y repicando

Meaning: to be involved in many -often too many- things or activities.

Alternative form:  (to) have one’s fingers in many  pies; I cannot be in York and London at the same time

George, you can’t have a finger in every pie. It’s too stressful.

(to) have a finger in every pie in other languages:

(to) have a finger in every pie in Spanish: a misa y repicando (go to Mass and chime) ; estar en todos los fregaos; estar en todos los saraos.
(to) have a finger in every pie in French: être mêlé à tout ; on ne peut pas être à la fois au four et au moulin (one can’t watch over the oven and at the mill at the same time)
(to) have a finger in every pie in German: man kann nicht auf zwei Hochzeiten (zugleich/gleichzeitig) tanzen (one can’t dance in two weddings at the same time); seine Finger überall drin haben; überall seine Hand / Hände im Spiel haben
(to) have a finger in every pie in Italian: avere le mani in pasta dappertutto. (to have the hands in every pasta); Non si può cantare e portar la croce (one can’t sing and carry the cross).
(to) have a finger in every pie in Portuguese: Quem toca o carrilhão não vai na procissão (He who plays the chime doesn’t participate in the procession)
(to) have a finger in every pie in Catalan: No es pot ésser al plat i a les tallades.
(to) have a finger in every pie in Basque: Jenteek nahi lükee ekia ta argizagia junta ditean. (people wish that the Sun and the Moon would merge)
(to) have a finger in every pie in Galician: no se puede repicar e ir en la procesión. (You can’t go to Mass and chime)
(to) have a finger in every pie in Russian: На двух свадьбах сразу не танцуют (one can’t dance in two weddings at the same time).

A monkey on your back in many languages

idioms in Spanish and French

Now that they have finally closed the business, the mortgage is a real monkey on their back.

Alternative form: Chinaman on one’s back .

A monkey on your bag in other languages:

A monkey on your back in Spanish: un peso sobre las espaldas.
A monkey on your back in French: un fardeau sur les épaules.
A monkey on your back in German: ein ernsthaftes Problem.
A monkey on your back in Italian:  fardello sulle spalle .
A monkey on your back in Portuguese: carregar um fardo pesado aos ombros.
A monkey on your back in Catalan: un pes sobre les espatlles.

A bundle of nerves in other languages

un saco de nervios

A bundle of nerves in other languages:

A bundle of nerves in Spanish: un manojo de nervios (a bunch of nerves).
A bundle of nerves in French: un paquet de nerfs (a packetof nerves).
A bundle of nerves in German: ein Bündel Nerven (a bunch of nerves).
A bundle of nerves in Italian: un fascio di nervi (a beam of nerves).
A bundle of nerves in Portuguese: uma pilha de nervos  (a stack of nerves).
A bundle of nerves in Mandarin Chinese: 紧张不安的人 (a nervous person).
A bundle of nerves in Russian: клубок нервов (a tangle of nerves).
A bundle of nerves in Basque: Buru gabeko oiloak bezala gabiltza (We’re like unpainted chickens).
A bundle of nerves in Catalan: un sac de nervis (a bag of nerves).
A bundle of nerves in Gaelic Irish: bheith an-neirbhíseach

A bundle of nerves in

Amid much fanfare in many languages

a bombo y platillo

Amid much fanfare, the new bridge was finally opened on 5 June 2018.

Amid much fanfare in other languages:

Amid much fanfare in Spanish: a bombo y platillo (with bass drums and cymbal); con pompa (with pageantry).
Amid much fanfare in French: en fanfarre (in fanfare)
Amid much fanfare in German: die Werbetrommel für etw rühren   (to stir the drum of sth)
Amid much fanfare in Italian: con molta enfasi.
Amid much fanfare in Portuguese: com pompa e circunstância (with pageantry and circumstances)
Amid much fanfare in Catalan: (a so de) bombo i platerets (to the sound of bass drums and cymbals)
Amid much fanfare in Basque: zalaparta handiz (with great bustle)

As happy as a clam in many languages 

Alternative forms: as happy as a clam at high water; as happy as at high tide; as happy as a dog with two tails;as happy as a lark; as happy as the day is long; as happy as a pig in muck…

As happy as a clam (at high water) in other languages:

As happy as a clam in Spanish: feliz como una perdiz (happy as a partridge)
As happy as a clam in French: heureux comme un poisson dans l’eau (happy as a fish in the water).
As happy as a clam in German: glücklich und froh (wie der Mops im Haferstroh) ~ (happy and happy (like the pug in oat straw).
As happy as a clam in Italian: va in brodo di giuggiole (to swim in jujube soup).
As happy as a clam in Portuguese: feliz como um passarinho (happy as a bird);  feliz como um molusco. (happy as a mollusk)

As happy as a clam in Russian: доволен, как слон (satisfied as an elephant)
As happy as a clam in Catalan: Més content que un gínjol (happier than a jujube).
As happy as a clam in Finnish onnellinen kuin koiranpentu (happy as a puppy).
As happy as a clam in Scottish Gaelic: cho sona ri bròg (so happy with a shoe); cho sona ri caimeanach an t-sruth (as happy as the giant of the stream); cho sona ri luch ann an lofa (as happy as a mouse in a loaf).
feliz como una perdiz en inglés y francés

Knowledge is no burden in many languages

El saber no ocupa lugar en inglés y francés

Alternative form: One can never know too much.

Knowledge is no burden in other languages:

Knowledge is no burden in Spanish: El saber no ocupa lugar (Knowledge does not take up space)
Knowledge is no burden in French:  On ne sait jamais trop (One never knows too much).
Knowledge is no burden in German: Wissen nimmt keinen Platz ein (Knowledge does not take up space).
Knowledge is no burden in Italian: Il sapere non è mai troppo (One never knows too much)..
Knowledge is no burden in Portuguese: O saber não ocupa lugar (Knowledge does not take up space).
Knowledge is no burden in Basque: Akiteak ez dauka kalterik; jakiteak ez dau ogirik jaten (Knowledge does not eat any bread).
Knowledge is no burden in Catalan: El saber no ocupa lloc (Knowledge does not take up space).
Knowledge is no burden in Galician: O saber non ocupa lugar
Knowledge is no burden in Greek: Όσο ζει κανένας, τόσο μαθαίνει.

The icing on the cake in many languages

la guinda del pastel

Alternative forms: cherry on the cake; cherry on top.

The icing of the cake in in other languages:

The icing on the cake in Spanish: la guinda del pastel (literally, the cherry on the cake)
The icing on the cake in French:  la cerise sur le gâteau  (literally,  the cherry on the cake)
The icing on the cake in German: das Sahnehäubchen auf dem Kuchen  (literally,  the cherry on the cake)
The icing on the cake in Italian: la ciliegina sulla torta  (literally, the cherry on the cake)
The icing on the cake in Portuguese:  a cereja do bolo (literally,  the cherry on the cake)
The icing on the cake in Swedish: grädde på moset (literally,  the cream on the mash)
The icing on the cake in Hungarian: hab a tortán (literally, whipped cream on the cake)
The icing on the cake in Finnish: sokerina pohjalla (literally,  sugar at the bottom)
The icing of the cake in Catalan: la cirereta del pastís (literally,  the little cherry on the cake)

Sayings

A saying is any concisely written or spoken sentence or expression which conveys a piece of advice or folk wisdom about life or experience.

A leopard can’t change its spots in many languages

la cabra tira al monte

A leopard can’t change its spots in other languages:

A leopard can’t change its spots in Spanish: La cabra tira al monte (literally,  the goat tends to go head for the hills); Genio y figuta hasta la sepultura (literally,  Genius and ace until the grave).
A leopard can’t change its spots in French:  Le loup apprivoicé rêve toujours de la forêt (literally,  the tame wolf always dreams of the forest); chassez le naturel, il revient au galop (drive out the natural, it returns at full gallop).
A leopard can’t change its spots in BasqueHaitzean jaioak haitzera nahi (literally,  Who was born among hills, tends to go to the hills).
A leopard can’t change its spots in Catalan: Cabra avesada a saltar, fa de mal desvesar (literally,  A goat used to jump is difficult to unveil).
A leopard can’t change its spots in Czech: starého psa novým kouskům nenaučíš, zvyk je železná košile (literally,  an old dog does not learn new things, customs are an iron shirt).
A leopard can’t change its spots in Finnish: jäljistään jäniskin tunnetaan (literally, a hare is known by its tracks).
A leopard can’t change its spots in German: Niemand kann aus seiner Haut heraus (literally,  Nobody can get out of their skin)
A leopard can’t change its spots in Greek: ο λύκος κι αν εγέρασε κι άσπρισε το μαλλί του, μήτε τη γνώμη άλλαξε, μήτε την κεφαλή του (o lýkos ki an egérase ki ásprise to mallí tou, míte ti gnómi állaxe, míte tin kefalí tou, literally “Even though the wolf got old and his hair became white, he changed neither his opinion nor his head”)
A leopard can’t change its spots in Hungarian: kutyából nem lesz szalonna (hu) (literally , out of a dog there will be no lard)
A leopard can’t change its spots in Irish: briseann an dúchas trí shúile an chait, is treise dúchas ná oiliúint (literally,  The city breaks through the eyes of the cat, the pride of indigenousness)
A leopard can’t change its spots in Italian: il lupo perde il pelo ma non il vizio ( literally,  the wolf can lose its fur but not its bad habits)
A leopard can’t change its spots in Russian: Russian: волк ка́ждый год линя́ет, а всё сер быва́ет  (volk káždyj god linjájet, a vsjó ser byvájet (literally,  each year the wolf molts its fur, but it continues to be grey), ско́лько во́лка ни корми́, он всё в лес смо́трит (skólʹko vólka ni kormí, on vsjó v les smótrit, literally (literally,  however good you feed the wolf, it still looks onto the forest), горба́того моги́ла испра́вит (ru) (gorbátovo mogíla isprávit), (only the grave can straighten the hunchback”), чёрного кобеля́ не отмо́ешь добела́ (čórnovo kobeljá ne otmóješʹ dobelá, (you can’t wash a black dog to make it white), зарека́лась лиса́ кур не ворова́ть (zarekálasʹ lisá kur ne vorovátʹ, (the fox promised not to steal chickens).
A leopard can’t change its spots in Scottish Gaelic: an car a bha san t-seana mhaide ‘s duilich a thoirt às (literally, the twist which is in the old stick is difficult to take out).
A leopard can’t change its spots in Serbo-Croatian: vuk dlaku mijenja, ali ćud nikada (literally, , a wolf sheds his coat, but never his temper).
A leopard can’t change its spots in Yiddish: אַ חזיר בלײַבט אַ חזיר‎ (a khazer blaybt a khazer, l(iterally, a pig remains a pig)

 

A watched pot never boils in many languages

QUien espera desespera en inglés

Alternative forms: a watched kettle never boils; watched toast never burns.

A watched pot never boils in other languages:

A watched pot never boils in Spanish: Quien espera, desespera (He who waits, despairs)
A watched pot never boils in French: Tout vient à point a qui sait attendre (Everything comes at the right time to those who wait); Qui attend s’ennuie (He who waits, gets upset).
A watched pot never boils in German: Hoffen und Harren macht manchen zum Narren (hoping and waiting is foolish); Wer viel hofft, täuscht sich oft (He who waits for a long time, often makes mistakes).
A watched pot never boils in Greek: πόλλ᾿ ἐλπίδες ψεύδουσι βροτοὺς (Hopes very often deceive mortals).
A watched pot never boils in Italian: ‘La pentola troppo sorvegliata non bolle mai’ from Geonese dialect:  ‘A pugnatta aggueita a no bogge mai.’ (The overmolded pan never boils); Chi di speranza vive disperato muore (He who lives hoping, dies hopeless).
A watched pot never boils in Portuguese: Panela vigiada não ferve (Watched panela does not boil); Quem espera, desespera (He who waits, despairs).
Romanian: Timpul trece mai încet pentru cine aşteaptă (Time is slower for those who are waiting)
A watched pot never boils in Russian: Ждать да догонять — нет хуже (There is nothing worse than wait to catch somebody).
A watched pot never boils in Catalan: qui s’espera, desespera (He who waits, despairs)
A watched pot never boils in Basque: Begira dagoenari, denbora luze (time seems longer to those who wait).
A watched pot never boils in Galician: El que espera desespera (He who waits, despairs).
A watched pot never boils in Irish: ní fiú feitheamh le fiuchadh (not even wait for it to boil)

 

typical Spanish idioms translated into English

Alternative form: (to) get blood from a stone; It’s like Squeezing water from a stone.

(to) get blood out of a stone in other languages:

(to) get blood out of a stone in Spanish: Pedirle peras al olmo (to ask for pears to an elm tree).
(to) get blood out of a stone in French: c’est comme se heurter à un mur (It’s like bumping into a wall).
(to) get blood out of a stone in German : verlorene Liebesmüh  (Love’s Labour’s Lost).
(to) get blood out of a stone in Italian:  come picchiare un cavallo morto (It’s like flogging a dead horse)
(to) get blood out of a stone in  Portuguese: tirar nabos da púcara (to throw prickly turnips).
(to) get blood out of a stone in Catalan : D’on no n’hi ha, no en raja  (It doesn’t flow from where there’s nothing).
(to) get blood out of a stone in Irish: is doiligh olann a bhaint de ghabhar (it’s hard to get wool off a goat).

The early bird catches the worm in many languages

quien madruga Dios le ayuda

The early bird catches the worm in other languages:

The early bird catches the worm in Spanish: a quien madruga, Dios le ayuda (God help those who get up early).
The early bird catches the worm in French: l’avenir appartient a ceux qui se lèvent tôt (the future belong to those who get up early)
The early bird catches the worm in German: Morgenstunde hat Gold im Munde (the morning has gold in its mouth).
The early bird catches the worm in Italian: Chi si aiuta Dio l’aiuta. Also ‘Il mattino ha l’oro in boccaat’ (the morning has gold in its mouth).
The early bird catches the worm in Portuguese: Deus ajuda quem muito madruga (God helps the ones who get up early)
The early bird catches the worm in Greek: Θες πλούτη και τιμή, μην κοιμάσαι την αυγή.
The early bird catches the worm in Catalan: Qui matina, fa farina (He who wakes up early makes flour);la feina matinal per tot el dia val (the early work is worth for the rest of the day)
The early bird catches the worm in Norwegian: den som kommer først til mølla, får først malt (The first to come is the first served)
The early bird catches the worm in Swedish: först till kvarn får först mala (The first to come is the first served)

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in many languages

Dios aprieta pero no ahoga

What can be cured must be endured in many languages

What can’t be cured must be endured (English) ~ Al mal tiempo, buena cara (Spanish)

What can’t be cured must be endured in other languages:

çWhat can’t be cured must be endured in Spanish: Al mal tiempo, buena cara (Against bad weather, good face).
What can’t be cured must be endured in Arabic: دواء الدهر الصبر عليه (The remedy for bad weather is patience).
What can’t be cured must be endured in French: Il faut faire contre mauvaise fortune bon cœur (Against misfortune, strong heart).
What can’t be cured must be endured in German: Man muss gute Miene zum bösen Spiel machen (You have to put a brave face to the bad game).
What can’t be cured must be endured in Italian: Bisogna far buon viso a cattivo gioco (You have to make the best of a bad game).
What can’t be cured must be endured in Russian: Делать хорошую мину при плохой игре (put a brave face to the bad game).
What can’t be cured must be endured in Basque: Ekeetan, irria ezpainetan (against life’s adversities, a smile on your lips).
What can’t be cured must be endured in Catalan: Al mal temps, bona cara (Against bad weather, good face).
What can’t be cured must be endured in Galician: A mal tempo, boa cara

A man is known by the company he keeps in many languages

Disclaimer > Don’t try this at home… In fact, don’t try this anywhere at all.

idioms in many languages

A man is known by the company he keeps in other languages: see picture.

(to) carry coals to Newcastle in many languages

(to) carry coals to Newcastle in other languages:

(to) carry coals to Newcastle in Spanish: Llevar leña al monte (to take wood to the mountain).
(to) carry coals to Newcastle in French: Porter de l’eau à la rivière  (to carry water to the river)
(to) carry coals to Newcastle in German: Eulen nach Athen tragen (Carrying owls to Athens).
(to) carry coals to Newcastle in Italian: portare acqua al mare (to carry water to the sea).
(to) carry coals to Newcastle in Irish Gaelic: bheith ag tabhairt cloch go Conamara (to give stones to Conamara); bheith ag cuimilt saille ar thóin na muice méithe (to take fat off the mice’s asses).
(to) carry coals to Newcastle in Polish: niepotrzebnie się trudzić wozić drzewo do lasu (there’s no point in carrying a tree to the wood).
(to) carry coals to Newcastle in Portuguese: lançar água no mar (to throw water to the sea) ensinar o padre nosso ao vigário (to teach the Lord’s Player to a vicar).

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in

A chicken and egg situation / a catch 22 in many languages

 

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in other languages:

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in  Latin: Noli equi dentes inspicere donati (D’ont look at the dentition of a gift horse).

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in Spanish: A caballo regalado no le mires el dentado (D’ont look at the dentition of a gift horse).
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in  German : Einem geschenkten Gaul sieht man nicht ins Maul.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in Italian : A caval donato non si guarda in bocca
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in Polish: Darowanemu koniowi nie zagląda się w zęby (D’ont look at the dentition of a gift horse).
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in Portuguese: A cavalo dado, não se olha o dente. (don’t look at the dentition of a gift horse).
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in Serbo-Croatian: Ajándék lónak ne nézd a fogát (don’t look at the dentition of a gift horse).
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in Greek: Του χάριζαν ένα γάιδαρο κι αυτός τον κοίταζε στα δόντια.(D’ont look at the teeth of a gift horse).
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in Basque: Dohainik edan behar duenak, hitz gutti (Free drink, few words).

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth in Catalan: A caball regalat, no li miris el dentat

 

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in many languages

sayings illustrated

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in other languages:

God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in Latin: Deus probat, sed non suffocat (God puts you to the test, but doesn’t smother you)
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in Spanish: Dios aprieta pero no ahora (God puts pressure on you, but doesn’t smother you).
God tempers the wind to the shornlamb in French: Dieu ne veut pas la mort du pécheur (God does not wish the death of a fisherman).
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in German: Gott lässt uns wohl sinken, aber nicht ertrinken (God let us sink, but not drown)
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in Italian: Dio non manda se non quel che si può portare (God doesn’t give more than it can take away).
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in Portuguese: Deus escreve certo por linhas tortas (God writes straight with crooked lines).
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb in Basque: Munara eroaten dau Jaungoikoak, baina muna bera eztau botaten (God takes you up to a hill, but doesn’t let you fall down).

Eenie meenie miny moe in Spanish and French

Pito pito gorgorito

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket in many languages

no pongas todos los huevos en la misma cesta

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket in other languages:

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket in Spanish: No pongas todos los huevos en la misma cesta.(Don’t put all your eggs in one basket).
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket in French: Il ne faut pas mettre tous les oeufs dans le même panier (Don’t put all your eggs in one basket).
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket in German: Setze nicht alles auf eine Karte (Don’t bet everything on one card).
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket in Italian: non puntare tutto su una sola carta (Don’t bet everything on one card).
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket in Portuguese: não ponhas todos os ovos no mesmo cesto (Don’t put all your eggs in one basket).
Don’t put all your eggs in Mandarin Chinese: 孤注一掷;在一棵树上吊死 (to depend on a single person or strategy).

Monkey see, monkey do in many languages

culo veo culo deseo en inglés

Monkey see, monkey do in other languages:

Monkey see, monkey do in Spanish: ¿Dónde va Vicente? Donde va  la gente. (Where is Vincent going? To the same place where people is going)
Monkey see, monkey do in French: Tout ce que je fais, mon âne le refait (My donkey mimics everything I do); À la presse vont les fous (The madmen go to the press).
Monkey see, monkey do in German: Das Schaf folgt der Herde (The sheep follows the flock)
Monkey see, monkey do in  Greek: Ό,τι κάνει ο αρκουδιάρης, το κάνει και η μαϊμού του (what the lion tamer does, his monkey does too.)
Monkey see, monkey do in Italian: La gente fa come le pecore: dove va una vanno tutte People do as sheeps: where one goes, all the other go)
Monkey see, monkey do in  Portuguese: Maria vai com as outras (Mary goes with the others).

In every country dogs bite

polyglot sayings

 

Don’t bite off more than you can chew in many languages

el que mucho abarca poco aprieta en inglés
Don’t bite off more than you can chew (EN) ~ El que mucho abarca poco aprieta (SP)

Don’t bite off more than you can chew in other languages:

Don’t bite off more than you can chew in Spanish: Quien mucho abarca, poco aprieta.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew in French: Qui trop embrasse, mal étreint.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew in German: Wer zu viel fasst, lässt viel fallen
Don’t bite off more than you can chew in Italian: Chi troppo vuole nulla stringe.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew in Portuguese: Quem muito abarca pouco abraça.

There is no accounting for tastes in many languages

sobre gustos no hay nada escrito en inglés

There is no accounting for tastes in other languages:

There is no accounting for tastes in Spanish: Sobre gustos no hay nada escrito.
There is no accounting for tastes in French: Des goûts et des couleurs il n’en faut point parler.
There is no accounting for tastes in German: Über (den) Geschmack lässt sich nicht streiten.
There is no accounting for tastes in Italian: Ognuno ha i suoi gusti.
There is no accounting for tastes in Portuguese: Gostos não se discutem.

Old wine in new bottles in many languages

Old wine in different bottles

Alternative form: Old wine in new bottles.

Old wine in new bottles in other languages:

Old wine in new bottles in Spanish: El mismo perro con distinto collar (the same dog with different collar).
Old wine in new bottles in French: Bonnet blanc, blanc bonnet (White bonnet, bonnet white).
Old wine in new bottles in German: alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen (de) (old wine in new wineskins);  dasselbe in grün (literally “the same thing in green”).

The squeaky wheel gets the grease  in many languages

el que no llora no mama

Akternative form: The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease in other languages:

The squeaky wheel gets the grease in Spanish: el que no llora, no mama (He who doesn’t cry, isn’t breastfed).
The squeaky wheel gets the grease in French: Le rouspéteurs obtiennent toujours satisfaction (Grumblers always get satisfaction).
The squeaky wheel gets the grease in German: Ein Rädchen, das nicht quietscht, wird (auch) nicht geschmiert (a cog that does not squeak is not (even) lubrivated).
The squeaky wheel gets the grease in Portuguese: quem não chora, não mama  (He who doesn’t cry, isn’t breastfed).

Variety is the spice of life in many languages

Variety is the spice of life in other languages:

Variety is the spice of life in Latin: Varietas delectat (Variety is appealing)
Variety is the spice of life in Spanish: En la variedad está el gusto (The taste is in variety).
Variety is the spice of life in French: La variété est le sel de la vie (Variety is the salt of life); il faut de tout pour faire un monde (you need all kinds of things to make a world); La variété ravive les plaisirs Variety revives pleasure)
Variety is the spice of life in German: Abwechslung ist die Würze des Lebens (Variety is the spice of life); In der Abwechslung liegt das Vergnügen (pleasure is in variety).
Variety is the spice of life in Italian: la varietà dà sapore alla vita (Variety flavours life); Il mondo è bello perché è vario (The world is beautiful because it is diverse).
Variety is the spice of life in Portuguese: A variedade deleita (variety delights).
Variety is the spice of life in Finnish: vaihtelu virkistää (varierty is the spice).

Every cloud has a silver lining in many languages

Every cloud has a silver lining in other languages:

Every cloud has a silver lining in Spanish: No hay mal que por bien no venga (there is not a bad thing that does not come for a good one).
Every cloud has a silver lining in French: À quelque chose malheur est bon (to any thing bad luck is good).
Every cloud has a silver lining in German: kein Unglück ist so groß, es hat sein Glück im Schoß (No misfortune is so great; it comes with luck in the lap).
Every cloud has a silver lining in Italian: non tutto il male vien per nuocere (Not all evil comes to harm).
Every cloud has a silver lining in Portuguese: há males que vêm para o bem (there are bad things that come for the best).
Every cloud has a silver lining in Mandarin Chinese: 瘦死的駱駝比馬大, 瘦死的骆驼比马大 (The dead camel is worse than the horse).
Every cloud has a silver lining in Russian: нет ху́да без добра́ (There is no evil without good).
Every cloud has a silver lining in Basque: gaitz asko, onerako (many diseases, for good)
Every cloud has a silver lining in Scottish Gaelic:  tha a’ ghrian air cùlaibh gach sgothan (The sun is behind each boat).

Every dog has its day in many languages

Cada perro tiene su día en inglés

Every dog has its day in other languages:

Every dog has its day in Spanish: cada perro tiene su día (every dog has its day).
Every dog has its day in French: À chacun son heure de gloire (To each his glory hour).
Every dog has its day in Finnish: paistaa se päivä risukasaankin (literally “the day will shine to a pile of brushwood, too”).
Every dog has its day in German: ein blindes Huhn findet auch einmal Korn (even a blind hen sometimes finds a grain of corn).
Every dog has its day in Italian: ognuno ha il suo momento di gloria (everyone has his moment of glory).
Every dog has its day in Portuguese: um dia é da caça, outro do caçador (one day hunted, the next day hunter)

If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle in many languagesSi mi abuela tuviera ruedas, sería una bicicleta en inglés

Alternative forms: if my uncle had tits, he’d be my aunt; if my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a streetcar; if my grandmother had balls, she’d be my granddad; if my sister had balls, she’d be my brother; if I had wheels, I’d be a wagon

If my aunt had balls, he’d be my uncle in other languages:

If my aunt had balls, he’d be my uncle in Spanish: Si mi abuela tuviera ruedas, sería una bicicleta (If my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a bicycle)
If my aunt had balls, he’d be my uncle in French: avec des si on mettrait Paris en boutelle (as if we put Paris in a bottle);  si ma tante en avait, on l’appellerait mon oncle  (if my aunt had any, she would be called my uncle).
If my aunt had balls, he’d be my uncle in German:  wenn das Wörtchen “wenn” nicht wär, wär mein Vater Millionär (if it weren’t for the little word “if”, my father would be a millionaire); hätte der Hund nicht geschissen, hätte er den Hasen gefangen (if the dog hadn’t shit, he would’ve caught the hare).
If my aunt had balls, he’d be my uncle in  Italian: con i se e con i ma la storia non si fa (with if(s) and  but(s) the story is not made)
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If my aunt had balls, he’d be my uncle in  Esperantose la ĉielo falus al tero, birdokapto estus facila afero (If the sky dropped to earth, bird skills would be an easy thing)

If you want something done right, do it yourself in many languages

Alternative forms: if you want a thing done well, do it yourself; if you want a thing done right, do it yourself; if you want it done right, do it yourself

If you want a thing done right, do it yourself in other languages:

if you want a thing done right, do it yourself in Spanish: Si quieres algo bien hecho, hazlo tu mismo (if you want something done right, do it yourself).
if you want a thing done right, do it yourself in French:  On n’est jamais mieux servi que pas soi-même (One is never better served than by oneself)
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if you want a thing done right, do it yourself in Finnish: kun itse tekee, tietää mitä saa (when you do it, you know what you get)
if you want a thing done right, do it yourself in GermanSelbst ist der Mann (himself is the man)
if you want a thing done right, do it yourself Italian: se vuoi una cosa fatta bene fattela da solo  (if you want something done right, do it alone).
if you want a thing done right, do it yourself in Portuguese: O olho do dono é que engorda o gado (The eye of the master fattens the cattle)
if you want a thing done right, do it yourself in Catalan: Si vols estar ben servit, fes-te tu mateix el llit (if you want to have a good service, make the bed yourself)

No pain, no gain in many languages


on n'a rien sans peine

No pain, no gain in other languages:

No pain, no gain in Chinese (Mandarin): 不入虎穴,焉得虎子  (if you don’t enterthe tiger’s den, you don’t get a tiger).
No pain, no gain in Czech: bez práce nejsou koláče (cs) (There are no pies without work).
No pain, no gain in Danish: hvo intet vover, intet vinder (he who dares nothing wins nothing).
No pain, no gain in French: qui ne risque rien n’a rien (who risks nothing, gains nothing), qui ne tente rien n’a rien (who risks nothing, gains nothing), on n’a rien sans rien
No pain, no gain in German: von nichts kommt nichts (nothing comes from nothing), wer nicht wagt, der nicht gewinnt (who doesn’t risk, doesn’t win), Schmerz vergeht, die Ehre bleibt (pain goes away, honour stays), Schmerz vergeht, der Stolz bleibt (pain goes away, pride stays).
No pain, no gain in Korean: 불입호혈 부득호자 (buriphohyeol budeukhoja) (if you don’t enter the tiger’s den, how will you get the tiger’s cub?).
No pain, no gain in Portuguese: sem dor, sem ganho (no pain, no gain), quem não arrisca não petisca (who does not risk does not snack/eat)
No pain, no gain in Spanish:  El que algo quiere, algo le cuesta (He who wants something, must make some effort).
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It never rains but it pours in many languages

It never rains but it pours  in other languages:

It never rains but it pours  in Chinese (Mandarin): 屋漏偏逢連夜雨 (zh), 屋漏偏逢连夜雨 (zh) (wū lòu piān féng liányè yǔ, literally “when the roof is leaking, that’s when you’ll get several continuous nights of rain”), 禍不單行 (zh), 祸不单行 (zh) (huòbùdānxíng, literally “disasters do not come alone”)
It never rains but it pours  in Dutch: een ongeluk komt zelden alleen (literally “a misfortune seldom comes alone”), een ongeluk komt nooit alleen (literally “a misfortune never comes alone”)
It never rains but it pours  in German: ein Unglück kommt selten allein (literally “a misfortune seldom comes alone”)
It never rains but it pours  in Italian: i guai non vengono mai da soli (literally “misfortunes never come alone”)
It never rains but it pours  in Japanese:  踏んだり蹴ったり (ふんだりけったり, fundari-kettari, literally “we often tread on and we often bump off”), 泣きっ面に蜂 (なきっつらにはち, nakittsura ni hachi, literally “a wasp on a tearful face”), 弱り目に祟り目 (よわりめにたたりめ, yowari me ni tatari me, literally “in times of weakness, evil eyes”), 降れば土砂降り (ふればどしゃぶり, fureba doshaburi, literally “if it rains, it pours”).
It never rains but it pours  in Portuguese: Portuguese: um mal nunca vem só, uma desgraça nunca vem sozinha, uma desgraça nunca vem só (literally “a misfortune never comes alone”).
It never rains but it pours  in Russian: Russian: пришла́ беда́ — отворя́й воро́та(prišlá bedá — otvorjáj voróta, literally “when the trouble comes, open the gate”), беда́ одна́ не хо́дит (bedá odná ne xódit, literally “trouble does not come alone”).
It never rains but it pours  in Scottish Gaelic: nuair a thig air duine, thig air uile (literally “when it befalls one, it befalls all”).
It never rains but it pours  in Spanish: las desgracias nunca vienen solas (literally “misfortunes never come alone”)

Jack of all trades, master of none in many languages 

aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada

Jack of all trades master of none in other languages:

Jack of all trades master of none in Czech: devatero řemesel, desátá bída
Jack of all trades master of none in Dutch: twaalf stielen, dertien ongelukken
Jack of all trades master of none in Finnish: jokapaikanhöylä, jokapaikan höylä
Jack of all trades master of none in French: bon à tout, propre à rien (Good at everything, good at nothing)
Jack of all trades master of none in Japanese: Japanese: 器用貧乏 (きようびんぼう, kiyōbinbō)
Jack of all trades master of none in Spanish: aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada (“apprentice of everything, teacher of nothing”)

Too many cooks spoil the broth in many languages

Too many cooks spoil the broth  in other languages:

Too many cooks spoil the broth  in Danish: for mange kokke fordærver maden.
Too many cooks spoil the broth  in Dutch: veel koks bederven de brij, veel koks verzouten de brij
Too many cooks spoil the broth  in Finnish: mitä useampi kokki, sitä huonompi soppa
Too many cooks spoil the broth  in French: Trop de cuisiners grâtent la sauce.
Too many cooks spoil the broth  in German: German: (zu) viele Köche verderben den Brei
Too many cooks spoil the broth  in Polish: gdzie kucharek sześć, tam nie ma co jeść (pl)
Too many cooks spoil the broth  in Portuguese: quem não ajuda não atrapalha, muita cera queima a igreja, a cera sobeja queima a igreja
Too many cooks spoil the broth  in Spanish: muchas manos en un plato causan arrebato
Too many cooks spoil the broth  in Swedish: ju fler kockar, desto sämre soppa

All that glitters is not gold in many languages

sayings dichos

All that glitters is not gold  in other languages:

All that glitters is not gold in Latin: nōn omne quod nitet aurum est.
All that glitters is not gold in Czech: není všechno zlato co se třpytí.
All that glitters is not gold in Danish: det er ikke alt guld som glimrer.
All that glitters is not gold in French: tout ce qui brille n’est pas or .
All that glitters is not gold in German: es ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt.
All that glitters is not gold in Greek: ό,τι λάμπει δεν είναι χρυσός.
All that glitters is not gold in Hungarian: nem mind arany, ami fénylik.
All that glitters is not gold in Icelandic: ekki er allt gull sem glóir.
All that glitters is not gold in Russian: не всё то зо́лото, что блести́т.
All that glitters is not gold in Slovene: ni vse zlato, kar se sveti.
All that glitters is not gold in Spanish: no es oro todo lo que reluce.

Once in a blue moon in many languages

Muy de vez en cuando en inglés y francés

Once in a blue moon  in other languages:

Once in a blue moon in Spanish: Muy de vez en cuando (literally very occasionally); cada muerte de obispo (literally, every  time a bishop dies)
Once in a blue moon in French: Tous les trente-six du mois (literally , on every thirty-sixth day of the month)
Once in a blue moon in German: alle Jubeljahre (literally, all Jubilee years)
Once in a blue moon in Italian:  a ogni moerte di Papa (literally, on every death of a Pope)
Once in a blue moon in  Polish: raz na ruski rok   (literally, once in a Russian year)
Once in a blue moon in Portuguese: de vez em nunca (hardñy ever)
Once in a blue moon in Finnish: todella harvoin (very rarely)
Once in a blue moon in Scottish Gaelic: uair san ràith (literally, hour in the season)

Rome wasn’t built in a day in many languages

Rome wasn’t built in a day  in other languages:

Rome wasn’t built in a day in Latin: Roma non uno die aedificata est
Rome wasn’t built in a day in Spanish: Roma no se contruyó en un día
Rome wasn’t built in a day in French: Rome ne s’est pas faite en un jour.
Rome wasn’t built in a day in German: Rom ist auch nicht an einem Tag erbaut worden. Also: Gut Ding will Weile haben
Rome wasn’t built in a day in ItalianRoma non fu fatta in un giorno
Rome wasn’t built in a day in Portuguese: Roma não se fez em um dia

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar in many languagessayings illustrated

Se atrapan más moscas con miel que con hiel

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar  in other languages:

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar in Spanish: Se atrapan más moscas con miel que con hiel (literally, You can catch more flies with honey than with gall)
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar in French: on n’attrape pas des mouches avec du vinaigre (literally, One can’t catch flyes with vinegar)
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar in German: Mit einem Löffel Honig fängt man mehr Fliegen (literally, With a spoonful of honey you catch more flies).
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar in Italian: si pigliano più mosche in una gocciola di miele che in un barile d’acete (literally, more flies are caught in a drop of honey than in a barrel of vinegar)

Colloquialisms

Colloquialisms are informal words, phrases, or even slang that people use in a conversational style.

(to) sleep it off in many languages

to sleep it off

to sleep it off

(to) sleep it off  in other languages:

(to) sleep it off in Spanish: dormir la mona (literally,  to put the monkey to sleep).
(to) sleep it off in French : cuver son vin (literally,  to boil one’s wine)
(to) sleep it off in German: Rausch ausschlafen (literally,  to sleep off the noise).
(to) sleep it off in Italian: smaltire la sbornia (literally,  to get rid of the hangover)
(to) sleep it off in Portuguese: curar a bebedeira (literally, to heal the drunkenness)

(to) be as mad as a hornet in many languages

 

estar cabreado en inglés y francés

Alternative forms: angry as a bull, angry as a bear,  (to) hit the ceiling, (to) see red…

(to) be as mad as a hornet  in other languages:

(to) be as mad as a hornet in Spanish: estar muy cabreado (to be pissed off); estar hasta las narices (literally,  to be up to the nose).
(to) be as mad as a hornet in French: être furieux comme pas deux (to be furious as not two); sortir de ses gonds (literally,  to get out of one’s hinges).
(to) be as mad as a hornet in German: fuchsteufelswild (literally,  hopping mad).
(to) be as mad as a hornet in Italian: sconvolto (upset); ne ho le palle piene (literally,  my balls are full, vulgar)
(to) be as mad as a hornet in Portuguese: estar zangado (literally,  to be upset) estar de saco cheio (literally,  to have the sack full).

(to) skip school in many languages

skip school

(to) skip school in other languages:

(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in Spanish: (see picture)
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in French: faire l’école buissonnière (truancy); sécher les cours  (to skip classes); faire le mur (to do the wall).
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in German: Schule schwänzen (to skip school); schwänzen (literally, tails), blaumachen (literally, leaflets)
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in Italian: marinare la scuola(to skip school); bigiare.
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in Portuguese: fazer gazeta (literally, to make a gazette); matar aula (to kill classroom), cabular aula, cabular (to chant) (Brazil)
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in  Dutchspijbelen (truancy)
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in Catalan: fer campana (literally, to do the bell)
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in Norwegian: skulke (to avoid)
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in Thai: โดด (th) (dòot)
(to) skip school / ditch school  / play hooky / skive off in Turkish: Turkish: asmak (to hang), kaçmak (to escape), kaytarmak (to slack), kırmak (to break)

 

(to) snog in many languages

morrearse

Alternative forms:  (to) smooch; (to) make out (AmE); (to) pash (Australia)

(to) snog  in other languages:

(to) snog in Spanish: morrearse (literally, to snout)
(to) snog in French: rouler une pelle  (literally, to roll a shovel)
(to) snog in Chinese (Mandarin): 舌吻  (pronounciation:  shéwěn)
(to) snog in German: knutschen
(to) snog in Portuguese: beijar-se en la boca

Mixed bag in many languages

Alternative forms: catch-all, ragbag, mixed bad, hodgepodge,  hotchpotch (BrE)

Mixed bag in other languages:

Mixed bag in Spanish: cajón de sastre (literally, tailor’s drawer)
Mixed bag in French: fourre-tout (literally, catchall), un mélange (literally, mixture, blend), fatras (mess), pot-pourri
Mixed bag in German: Durcheinander , Mischmasch (literally, Confusion, mishmash)
Mixed bag in Italian: guazzabuglio (literally, jumble),  calderone (literally, cauldron), pot-pourri
Mixed bag in Portuguese: manta de retalhos (literally, patchwork)
Mixed bag in Catalan: poti-poti , pot-pourri
Mixed bag in Russian: Russian: вся́кая вся́чина (vsjákaja vsjáčina) (literally, all sorts of things), мешани́на (ru) (mešanína) (literally, jumble)
Mixed bag in Scots: pran
Mixed bag in Welsh: cybolfa

Nerd in many languages

colloquialisms illustrated

Empollón en inglés

Nerd is a very international and widespread slang word and it is used in many languages. However, some languages have their own word(s) to label an intellectually outstanding but introverted individual.

Nerd  in other languages:

Nerd in Spanish: empollón
Nerd in French: boutonneux / boutonneuse
Nerd in Danish: nørd
Nerd in Esperanto: nerdo
Nerd in Estonian: tuupur
Nerd in Finnish:  nörtti
Nerd in Greek: σπασίκλας (el) m (spasíklas), φυτό (el) (fytó)
Nerd in Icelandic: nörd
Nerd in Italian: secchione
Nerd in Malay: nerda
Nerd in Portuguese: nerd (pt) (Brazil), CDF (pt) (Brazil), totó (pt) m, f (Portugal, colloquial)
Nerd in Russian: зану́да бо́тан , нерд (slang), бота́ник (ru) m (botánik)

 

Dirty old man in many languagesvieux cochon en anglais et espagnol

Dirty old man  in other languages:

Dirty old man in Spanish: viejo verde (literally, green old man).
Dirty old man in French: Vieux cochon (literally, old pig).
Dirty old man in German:  alter Lustmolch (literally,  old pig)
Dirty old man in Portuguese: velho sujo (literally, dirty old man)
Dirty old man in Italian: vecchio porco (literally, old pig)

No way in hell in many languages

Not a way in hell

No way in other languages:

Not a chance / No way in hell in Spanish: ¡Ni de coña! (literally, Not even as a joke)
Not a chance / No way in hell in French: Même pas en rêve (literally, not even in dreams!)
Not a chance / No way in hell in German: ch besteht nicht die geringste Chance (literally, There is not the slightest chance)
Not a chance / No way in hell in Italian: Non esiste al mondo (che…) (literally, There is no such thing in the world…)
Not a chance / No way in hell in Portuguese: De jeito nenhum ( no way!)

(to) pig out in many languages

to pig out in Spanish

(to) pig out in other languages:

(to) pig out in Spanish: ponerse las botas (literally, to put on one’s shoes), comer hasta rebentar (literally, to eat until one bursts), comer como un cerdo (literally, to eat like a pig)
(to) pig out in French: s’empiffrer (literally, to stuff oneself)
(to) pig out in Catalan: endrapar, (literally,devour, to soak up)
(to) pig out in German: sich vollstopfen  (literally, to stuff oneself)
(to) pig out in Italian: abbuffarsi (literally, totuck in)
(to) pig out in Russian: жрать (literally, to eat)

(to) blow someone off in many languages

tomar por el pito del sereno en inglés

(to) blow someone off  in other languages:

(to) blow someone off  in Spanish: Pasar de alguien (literally, to ignore someone); tomar por el pito del sereno (literally, to treat as the  whistle of the watchman).
(to) blow someone off  in French: Mettre / Foutre un vent à quelqu’un (literally, to throw a wind to someone).
(to) blow someone off  in German: auslassen (literally, (to) skip).
(to) blow someone off  in Italian: mettere in disparte (literally, (to) put aside), snobbare (literally, (to) snub)
(to) blow someone off  in Portuguese: ignorar (literally, (to) ignore)

Wet blanket in many languages

Wet blanket  in other languages:

Wet blanket in Spanish: aguafiestas (literally,  parties waterer).
Wet blanket in French: rabat-joie (literally, joy killer).
Wet blanket in Italian: guastafeste (literally,  mood breaker).
Wet blanket in German: Spielverderber, Spaßbremse (literally,  spoil-sports, fun brake).
Wet blanket in Basque: hondatzaile (literally, destroyer).
Wet blanket in Catalan. Aixafaguitarres (literally, Guitars chrusher); esgarriacries (a person who hampers projects, hinders people from having conversations, games…) > Idioms in Catalan
Wet blanket in Czech : suchar (?)
Wet blanket in Danish: lyseslukker (spoil-sport).

What the fuck in many languages

Cool! in many languages 

Cool in European Spanish

Cool in Danish: Danish: ok, fint 👍
Cool in Finnish: Finnish: okei, ookoo 👍
Cool in French: Cool 👍
Cool in German: akzeptabel 👍
Cool in Italian: accettabile 👍
Cool in Polish: fajny 👍
Cool in Portuguese: aceitável 👍
Cool in Russian: в поря́дке (v porjádke), норма́льный (normálʹnyj), ничего́ (ničevó)
Serbian and Croatian: kul 👍
Cool in Spanish: Guay 👍 (Spain); chévere (Caribbean Islands, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela); choro (Chile); 👍 mostro (Peru) 👍; lindo (Argentina) 👍; padre (Mexico) 👍



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