Wednesday, July 22, 2015

If you're travelling
abroad you would hate to embarrass yourself and, as the Swedes say, "get
caught with your beard in a mailbox. " OK the translation to English leaves
something to be desired, but it's never a bad idea to brush up on a foreign
language. Check out these food-related phrases from around the world.
 They can't be translated or taken literally, but if you throw one out,
the locals (or that cute guy at the quaint café) will definitely be
impressed. Teacher's pet/Petit chouchou (French) Petit
chouchou literally translates to "little cabbage," but this phrase
doesn't really have anything to do with the cruciferous vegetable. Mind
your own onions/Occupe-toi de tes oignons (French) A smellier version
of minding your own beeswax. The carrots are cooked!/Les carrots sont
cuites! (French) A simple metaphor to stay that, well, there's
nothing else to be done. Accept it and move on! "I feel like such a
turnip" (British English) You won't hear this slang in the U. S. , but
across the pond, those who speak the Queen's English use this phrase
plenty—usually when made to feel a bit silly or unexpectedly stupid in a
social situation. I give a cucumber/Me importa un pepino (Spanish)
In a nutshell, this phrase translates to "I don't give a damn. " Why
cucumbers instead of another vegetable, I'm not sure—but they are pretty
much just water in a thin green skin, so maybe their bland, unexciting flavor
has something to do with it. To slide in on a shrimp sandwich/Att glida in
på en räkmacka (Swedish) It might sound strange to your non-Swedish
ears at first, but apparently it's easy to slide on shellfish—this saying
refers to someone who got all the rewards and payoff without any of the work.
In the middle of everything like parsley/In mezzo come il
prezzemolo (Italian) Parsley is ubiquitous in Italian cuisine, and in
the dishes of many other countries and cultures across the globe. So this one
makes total sense, no matter what your first language—parsley is in
everything and is the go-to garnish in restaurants the world over, so, to put
it bluntly—it's always in the way. And if someone you know is always in
the way, too, now you can tell them so…in some beautiful Italian. Just
like washing potatoes/芋を洗うよう(Japanese- Imo o arau yō) Any
New Yorker knows how a hot, crowded subway feels. Here, we'd say we're
crammed into the car like a bunch of sardines, but in Japanese the reference
is to tubers instead of tiny fish. Hang noodles on someone's
ears/вешать лапшу на уши (Russian - veshat' lapshu
na ushi) This is what you'd say if you were trying to pull one over on a
friend.  Lapsha can mean both "noodle" and "scrap of cloth"
in Russian. Putting scraps of cloth over someone's ears could block out the
sound and make them temporarily "deaf," and after awhile, the second
meaning of the word lapsha was the one that took over. You have
tomatoes on your eyes/Sie haben Tomaten auf den Augen (German) The
meaning of this one is simple—you're missing something. Everyone else in
the room sees it, but not you. Get with it. This story originally
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travelling abroad you would hate to embarrass yourself and, as the Swedes say,
"get caught with your beard in a mailbox. " OK the translation to English
leaves something to be desired, but it's never a bad idea to brush up on a
foreign language. Check out these food-related phrases from around the world.
 They can't be translated or taken literally, but if you throw one out,
the locals (or that cute guy at the quaint café) will definitely be
impressed.

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