English Idioms in Different Languages

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Do you know what is really exciting about learning foreign languages? We’ll tell you: getting a
chance to take a look at habitual and mundane things from a different angle, getting a new perspective, and getting in the shoes of people who think and speak differently. It’s like becoming a foreigner!

One of the easiest ways to take a glimpse at the mentality of other nations is to learn their sayings, proverbs, and idioms; and although the meaning of these idioms may be similar to English, the ways it is expressed can be really hilarious.

1. English: It’s all Greek to me.
Greek: Sounds like Chinese.

Chinese: Looks like chicken intestines.
Arabic: Am I speaking hindi?
German: I understood only the “trainstation.”
Danish: Sounds like a name of a Russian city.

2. English: It’s raining cats and dogs.
Icelandic: Fire and sulfur.
Greek: It’s raining with chair legs.
Serbian: Rain that kills mice.
Thai: Rain that covers eyes and ears.
Japanese: It’s raining soil and sand.

3. English: When pigs fly.
Italian: When Easter is in May.
Ukrainian: When a flea sneezes.
Chinese: When the sun rises in the west.
Finnish: When hell freezes.
Croatian: In the day of Saint Nobody.

4. English: The lights are on, but no one is home.
Serbian: Hit by a wet sock.
Czech: With an extra gear in his head.
Estonian: Wooden head.
Indonesian: Shrimp brain.
Swedish: When he thinks he is not lucky.

5. English: As easy as falling off a log.
Chinese: As easy as turning your palm.
Hebrew: It can be done blindfolded.
French: As easy as putting a finger in your nose.
Japanese: Can be done before breakfast.
Korean: Can be done while lying on one’s back and eating rice cupcakes.

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