Portuguese Portuguese speaking countries

deixa de brincadeiras

Expression USED Very frequently BY Everyone

Asking someone to stop joking around.

"Temos de nos despachar, deixa de brincadeiras já!"

"We have to hurry up, stop fooling around!"

Portuguese Brazil

estar mais pra lá do que pra cá

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(to be more there than here) • Used when someone is close to death.

"A Rainha Elizabeth tem 95 anos!" "Tá mais pra lá do que pra cá"

"Queen Elizabeth is 95 years old!" "She's more there than here"

French France

péter plus haut que son cul

Idiom USED Frequently BY Everyone

(to fart higher than one's arse) • To be conceited.

Les étrangers disent souvent que les Français pètent plus haut que leur cul.

Foreigners often say that French people fart higher than their arse.

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Greek Greece

Όσα βλέπει η πεθερά

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(What the mother-in-law sees) • When you only clean parts of your house that other people can see. It can also be used in a more abstract way, when you you only do parts of a task so others can see that you're working.

"Τακτοποιούσα το σπίτι για τους καλεσμένους μου μόνο όσα βλέπει η πεθερά, τα άπλυτα τα πέταξα στη ντουλάπα!"

"I was tidying my house for my guests, only what the mother-in-law can see, I threw my dirty laundry in the closet!"

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Italian Italy

acqua in bocca

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(water in the mouth) • If you have your mouth full of water, you cannot talk!

Mi raccomando, acqua in bocca!

But Remember, water in the mouth!

Swedish Sweden

tala om trollen

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(speaking of trolls) • When someone who has just been mentioned enters a room.

"Jag hörde att Liam skaffat en hund." *Liam kommer in i rummet* "När man talar om trollen!"

"I heard Liam has got himself a dog." *Liam walks into the room* "When you're talking about the trolls!"

Romanian Romania

pe apa Sîmbetei

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(on Saturday's water) • It's used when something has gone wrong or has been wasted.

"Ai reusit să faci prăjitura la care lucrai azi? "Nu, aluatul nu s-a umflat suficient si s-a dus pe apa s Sîmbetei."

"Did you manage to make the cookies you were working on today?" "No, the dough didn't rise enough and it went on Saturday's water"

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Romanian Romania

nu sunt în apele mele

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(I'm not in my waters) • It's used when we say that we aren't feeling like ourselves / feeling unwell.

"hei, te simti bine? Pari a fi abatut." "Nu sunt in apele mele."

"Hey, are you feeling well? You seem sad." "I'm not in my waters."

German German speaking countries

nah am Wasser gebaut

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(built close to the water) • Somebody who cries easily.

Susi ist nah am Wasser gebaut - sie weint bei jedem Film.

Susi is built close to the water - she cries during every movie.

German German speaking countries

schnee von gestern

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(snow from yesterday) • Something that is no longer relevant. Often used to demonstrate forgiveness. Roughly corresponds to English "water under the bridge".

"Sorry, dass ich letztes Mal auf dich vergessen habe!" "Das ist doch Schnee von gestern!"

"I'm sorry that I forgot you last time!" "It's snow from yesterday!"

Danish Denmark

dagens mand i skysovs

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(the man of the day in gravy) • When someone is paid tribute as a hero for doing something special.

"Din brandalarm bipper ikke længere." "Tak! Du er dagens mand i skysovs!"

"Your fire alarm isn't beeping anymore." " "Thank you! You are the man of the day in gravy!"

Spanish Latin America and Spain, Spanish speaking countries

Estrenar

Word USED Frequently BY Everyone

(v.) • To use something or wear a piece of clothing for the very first time.

Estrené mi vestido nuevo. Ayer se estrenó la película. A mamá le gusta estrenar zapatos.

I wore my new dress for the first time. The movie was released yesterday. My mom liked to wear shoes for the first time.

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Portuguese Mozambique

colocar na garrafa

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(put in a bottle) • The act of witchcraft in which the lover’s name is writen and put in a bottle to make them fall in love like crazy.

"Do jeito que sou louca por ele, esse moço só pode ter me colocado na garrafa."

"The way I am crazy about him this man must have put me in a bottle."

Portuguese Mozambique

marandza

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

A very young women sho dates man old enough to be their fathers or grandfathers for monetary gain. Many times while having a younger boyfriend.

"Essa pita é uma marandza, primeira semana, meu salário bazou, nem dinheiro de pão tenho."

"This girl is a marandza, first week with her and my money is gone, I can’t even buy bread now."

Portuguese Mozambique

em Nkobe

Expression USED Very frequently BY Everyone

It means somewhere really far away. Middle of nowhere. It’s a rural area said to still be living under colonization from how outdated it is.

"Não posso namorar com ela. Vive em Nkobe."

"I can’t date that girl. She lives in Nkobe."

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Danish Denmark

det koster spidsen af en jetjager

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(it costs the tip of a jet fighter) • Used when something is very expensive.

"Jeg ville gerne rejse verden rundt, men det koster spidsen af en jetjager."

"I would like to travel all around the world but it costs the tip of a jet fighter."

Danish Denmark

det blæser en halv pelikan

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(it is blowing half a pelican) • It is said when it is very windy.

"Det blæser en halv pelikan i dag! Min paraply fløj væk."

"It is blowing half a pelican today! My umbrella flew away."

Danish Denmark

så er den ged barberet

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(now that goat is shaved) • A task has been solved.

"Så er den ged barberet!" "Super, så kan vi gå videre til næste del af projektet."

"Now that goat is shaved!" "Great, then we can move on to the next part of the project."

Danish Denmark

ingen ko på isen

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(no cow on the ice) • It means that there is no problem.

"Gør det noget hvis jeg låner nogle af dine bøger?" "Nej, der er ingen ko på isen."

"Is it okay if I borrow some of your books?" "Sure, there's no cow on the ice."

French France

passer l'arme à gauche

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(to pass the weapon to the left) • To die.

"Elle a passé l'arme à gauche."

"She passed the weapon to the left."