When you start studying a new language, one of the first things you'll discover is that certain words and phrases in your new language have no English equivalent.
This can be really frustrating. That said, this is one of my favourite aspects of language learning! To demonstrate this, here are 41 words and phrases from other languages with no English equivalent.
The day before yesterday — Once you hear this word, you can't help but realize that you've been missing it your whole life. In English, you jump straight from liking someone to loving them. In other languages, there's a midway point.
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In English, you have to be more careful. A person or thing of the United States of America. Luckily, this isn't an issue in Spanish!
And it's a cute word to boot! Check out this book I once saw in Spain:. A photo posted by Benny Lewis irishpolyglot on Sep Get together in different languages, at 4: In Spanish you can express that you are something only temporarily, and it's not a part of your permanent being. These expressions can be a lot of fun and, even better, tend to be really easy to remember since they are so strange and humorous. Literally staircase wit — When you think of the perfect retort too late. I love this one.
You know that feeling you have a few minutes after you leave a conversation, and you think to yourself, That's what I should have said! The French have a phrase for that.
Technically you could walk back up to them and say it, but that would be weird. Literally blog quake — When a blog topic goes viral and is picked up by the mainstream media.
Literally add oil — To push forward with more energy and effort. This is often said at sporting events or to encourage someone undertaking a challenge.
Literally eat bitter — To endure extreme hardship. For me this word evokes a strong mental image. Literally well being — To create a warm atmosphere and enjoy the good things in life with good people.
Literally pinball parent — A parent who lets their children have lots of freedom. I certainly would have loved a pinball machine when I was a boy! Literally blue smile — An insincere smile. To throw a fit and to act childish to show how much you love someone. Kind of romantic… I guess? Literally digger truck spy hole — The desire to peek into boarded-up building sites. When you tap someone on the opposite shoulder from behind to Get together in different languages them.
I do this to Lauren often, to watch her spin around and finally find me back where she started.
I was pretty sure that I invented this ingenious and hilarious ploy, but never quite knew what to call it until now.
Literally energetic queuer — An expert at the art of joining the best queues. I always seem to join the wrong line at the supermarket with the old lady counting pennies. I wish I had this superpower! To call a mobile phone and let it ring once so that the other person will call back, saving the first caller money. Can also be used for Get together in different languages communications like to simply let the other person know you are thinking of them, or that you are running late but will be there soon.
No actual communication other than the missed call is provided, but the context is pretty clear what you mean. Here are 13 words and expressions that give us a glimpse into how different cultures view people and relationships. A deep and emotional yearning, used when someone misses something or someone.
A classic word that has to make every list like this! Literally Husband Wife Look — A couple who have similar physical appearances and consequently are likely to get along and be a good match. Literally Hot Noisy — A lively environment with lots of people used to express feelings of camaraderie and closeness with others.
Expressing concern or caring for someone who is being talked about. Literally A man who sits to pee — Or in other words, a wimp. That's certainly a new spin on gender equality!
Asking to pass on an expression of concern or caring for another person. People who don't tolerate or are very sensitive to the cold.
Lauren searched the world and finally found a word that describes how averse she is to cold environments. We had lots of fun putting together this list of words and phrases!
But I'm sure we've missed some great ones. Do you know of any good ones? Chime in with your suggestions in the comments and share them with the rest of the Fi3M family! Check out this book I Get together in different languages saw in Spain: Benny Lewis Founder, Fluent in 3 Months. Fun-loving Irish guy, full-time globe trotter and international bestselling author. Benny believes the best approach to language learning is to speak from day one.