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Monday, July 28th, 2008
2:03 pm
English to hebrew translation

Dear friends,
I need to translate the following title into Hebrew: "In the Grip of the European Spectre"
Thank you

Friday, September 3rd, 2004
6:37 pm
I just got an LJ and thought this looked like a cool community. My first language is English, and I've studied french since i was 7, german since i was 12, latin from the age of 9 until i was 16, and at the moment i'm teaching myself dutch. Need to practice all these or I'll totally forget though. but I'm open to learning pretty much any language. can't think of anything i wouldn't try ^_- and interested in linguistics and TEFL. Spent the past year correcting japanese friends' essays...
not sure what else to say really, so I guess I'll leave it there. So yeah, hi everyone!
Saturday, August 7th, 2004
11:53 am
I love idioms in German, but do not know alot in Spanish. Could everyone write down an idion in their language of choice, the direct translation and what the phrase actually means? I would love to see some examples of this....

English: It's raining cats and dogs
direct translation: cats and dogs are falling from the sky like rain does
actual meaning: It is raining a lot and most likely hard

English: a bun in the oven
direct translation: a bun in the oven
actual meaning: someone is pregnant

German(Redewendung): Blauer Montag
direct translation: Blue Monday
actual meaning: A workfree Monday

German (Redewendung): Wie einer Blinder von der Farbe reden
direct translation: Like a blind person talking about colours
actual meaning: Someone talking about something they know nothing about

German (Redewendung): Jemandes Blutgruppe sein
direct translation: to be in someones blood-group/be the same blood type
actual meaning: to like someone or not to like someone
example: Die neue Freundin von meinem Vater ist absolut night meine Blutgruppe.

I know these aren't the best idioms and I am sure you all have more. Could you give me some examples please:)


x-posted to: denglish, linguaphiles, die_Frage, deutschklasse, up_with_Spanish, go_dutch, hessen, lj_deutsch and Universal_Lang.

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