English Idioms in Different Languages
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.
We do hope, you found out post funny and useful. Here is out presentation that will help you to broaden the vocabulary and a viewpoint.