Language, explained

Untranslatable is a place where native speakers from around the world get to share, explain and define things from their language.

With thousands of entries in 77 languages from over 107 countries, this platform aims to give everyone an opportunity to share and explain slang, expressions, idioms, emojis, references from their part of the world.

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Polish Poland

stara miłość nie rdzewieje*

Proverb USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

Literal translation: old love doesn't rust. Once you fell in love with someone, you'll always be fond of them, even if you haven't seen each other in a long time; It's easy to reignite the love for your past partners and crushes.

"Nie przeszkadza ci, że twoja żona idzie na imprezę, gdzie będzie jej były?" "Niby dlaczego? To stare dzieje." "Wiesz, jak to mówią: stara miłość nie rdzewieje..."

"Doesn't it bother you that your wife goes to the party where her ex will be?" "Why would it bother me? It's ancient history." "You know what they say: old love doesn't rust..."


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