Okay so this one really is Off Topic Lighthouse lol. I noticed reading through some of the forums that somebody from austrailia said something then had "(touch wood)" after that. Kinda like I would say "knock on wood" with trying to find wood to knock on, and if there's not any around use your buddies head, but anyway, thought it was interesting, and realized we have a lot of different countries that all speak at least a little english... you know where I'm going with this, just curious.
Your countries sayings...(66 posts)
we've got a lot of stupid questions sayings, like "there's no stupid questions just stupid people.", "The only stupid question is one that isnt asked.", and my philosophy "the only stupid question is one you already know the answer to!"
It is interesting that sayings seem to only work in the original language. I have tried several times to translate German or French sayings into American, but then people look at me as if I commited a crime or make that sweet/sour face.
A pigeon on the roof isn't worth anything to me, so saying something is better seems obvious. That one doesn't translate well.
Here in the US, knock on wood could be quite painful and touch wood is just...naughty!
I deleted this post because I realised how out of order it was
And do feel bad
I hope I didnt offend anyone
DAmn, i seem to have written this kind of thing too many times recently :(
here in my country we say : "dog that barks doesn't bite" referring to some people that only threaten you but never really do the stuff they say...
I have always wondered what the sentence "grass is always greener on the other side" refers to?
The "grass is always greener" refers to envy. Someone who thinks everyone has it better than they do or if they were only somewhere else, their life would be better. Like looking over your neighbors fence thinking they live a better life than you do.
PS: Americans say "all bark and no bite"
In the US we also say, "His bark is worse than his bite", referring to the person who will threaten much, but do little. So very similar to GaardCeteru's saying.
@GaardCeteru: did you say what country you are from in South America? Can you at least tell us the primary language -- Spanish, Portugese?
ScottW, I don't see the difference in bark and bite:) Did you ever find out how to remote access Vista? I was following that thread closely then it just disappeared. I'd like that answer myself. Hope you are having a great vacation. I sure am!:) Don't worry though, I'll be "out of your hair" come Monday.
"out of your hair" = I won't be bothering you or pestering you or annoying you.
Granny, if you want to learn the difference between bark and bite then talk to someone who has been bitten!
Old threads never die, they just fade away...into the list of all threads. From the forum front page, choose "Latest discussions" from "Views" on the right hand side. Of course that thread about remote access has faded away to page 6 (as of now). Here's a link:
@ ScottW: I'm not from South America, I'm from Central America, El Salvador (country itself to be more specific) and the primary language is Spanish =P
About the "pulling leg" thing here it has to do with scaring someone.. like when some friend has been doing a prank on you or a joke you dont like much, you can tell them: "when I die I'll come back in the night to pull your leg for all you've done to me ;) " of course said on a friendly way doesn't sound that creepy lol.. although some people say it like they mean it.. THAT sounds creepy lol!
GaardCeteru, thank you for sharing the "pulling leg" thing. I've never heard that definition before! When someone pulls a prank or joke on us, we say "when I die, I"ll come back to haunt you". It's always said in a friendly way! (not too many people believe in ghosts:)
JKay, good to hear from you. Hope you had a happy 4th! I've been using Spanish Language software for a year now and all I seem to remember is el carro:D. (Funny, I always seem to remember how to order beer!)
Well the 4th of July was just like any day here for me, worked 12 hours, was supposed to be home since the 1st!!! but they keep delaying me and whatnot, apperently helicopters and sand dont mix very well...
LOL no, we're off in a far corner of Iraq, no bbqs, we did have friday night fights though, a bunch of my friends went and boxed, beat the crap out of each other, interesting to watch, but not for me, they had some other stuff too, but nothing that tickled my fancy. I'll shoot some fireworks and have my own 4th of July when I get home lol. I need some excuse to wear my "kiss the chef" shirt.
@techgranny: Happens often, like many people here doesnt know how to order food in a restaurant in english or some other language but they sure know how to curse someone else's mother in some fair a mount of languages.. so they may know when you're saying something mean lol
In a French restaurant, when you need some service, you should never shout "garçon". It means "boy".
They get very annoyed. And you will get the worst service possible. (and they will probably spit in your food. (in the kitchen)).
GaardCeteru, Do you have any practical advice for learning Spanish? I'm trying very hard, really I am. It goes in one ear and out the other. I'm starting to get frustrated with it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated:)
I know about telemundo et al. We're not all fancy Vermont; we're the redneck Riviera, don't have digital cable:) I looked at that jlc link and have no idea what it is. Still interested in a native speakers opinion, aren't you?
@Oma: Well I can recommmend it the same way I learned english.. listen to music, a LOT of music, look out for the lyrics try singing the song without them and so on, watch TV shows, watch the news, etc (if I know a bit about japanese is because I watch anime, listen to j-rock, etc, same way I learned english.. I dont speeak japanese and read kanjis tough! I always get in trouble when it comes to making sentences lol) Getting a native speaking teacher is great because they can tell you if you're wrong with pronounciation or grammar but if you're self taught I'd still recommend the music, watching TV shows hummm reading may be difficult at first but a dictionary is always handy and will aid you a lot since spanish is a very.. standard language =P I'd recomment poetry for starters =D is easyer to understand and has a much wider... uh.. vocabulary =P
Puedo ayudarte con lo que necesites (I can aid you with pretty much anything you need)
EDIT: Just read you dont have access to cable TV so I'd recommend youtube =D you can always find things from spanish people there =P try changing your flag to "Spain" or anything that has to do with spanish =P if you can read spanish then you can look for latin/spanish music videos, there are plenty of artists and from many genres =P
I did read your reply, you're an angel! I'm trying to find the right combination of Spanish music and television and you tube. When I figure it out, I'll be sure to let you know:)
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