It’s time once again for the TOP TEN THURSDAY CHALLENGE, Hosted by Tamara Gerber-Stutz, of Part-time Working Hockey Mom, Since I missed last week’s event, I’m combining it with this week’s. Cool?
Okay, here we go!
Top Ten Words or Phrases You Know in Foreign Languages
(and how/why you know them)
Actually, some of my top ten aren’t suitable for general audiences. This is the PG version. 😉
I was born in Germany to a German mother and a Canadian army officer father of German descent, which gave me the benefit of dual citizenship and bilingual proficiency in both English and German. I learned French in school (much of it now forgotten) and picked up a lot of Italian from my husband, who hails from the Bari region of Italy. Along the way, I met a few Spanish-speaking people and learned some key words and phrases from them. Greek is a language I tried to study in preparation for our 2013 trip there, but it was too difficult for this old brain.
1. Good day, friends
For the 2015 April A to Z Challenge, my entire theme was built around language.
I made this little recording:
French/Français: Bonjour mes amis German/Deutsch: Guten Tag Freunde
Italian/Italiano: Buon giorno amici Spanish/Español: Buenos dias amigos
Greek/Elliniká [ελληνικά]: Kali̱méra fíloi [Καλημέρα φίλοι]
This is German for treasure and it’s the nickname I gave my husband many years ago.
(He does answer to it!)
Variations: Schatzi, Schätzchen (diminutive)
3. Mannaggia la miseria!
Damn it/Good grief/For crying out loud, etc. in Italian. One guess who I picked that up from.
Translation: Let’s go. Any guesses what language this might be?
It’s my husband’s crazy Barese (Pugliese) dialect. In Italian, you would say andiamo.
Check out this tongue twister: 😀
Ce n’ge na ma sci, sciamaninn. Ce non ge na ma sci, non ge ne sim scenn.
(If we are going to go, let’s go. If we are not going to go, then let’s not go.)
This is German for shit, one of my favourite and most frequently used words in any language.
The ß symbol signifies a double S.
7. Te Quiero
Means I love you in Spanish. It’s more casual than Te Amo.
First heard in 1968, on this Spanish record owned by one of my boarding school housemates.
It’s a cover of an English song.
8. καλημέρα (Kalimera)
Good morning/day in Greek. This, and a few other words stuck with me.
The Greek alphabet is a whole other challenge!
Cheers! in Irish Gaelic. Literally, it means health.
I learned this from internet friends who live in Northern Ireland.
Hello! (or Greetings!) in Swiss German,
which is not the same as standard German (my version of the language).
I picked up a few words while attending boarding school there, but found it difficult.
Variation: Grüezi mittenand (when addressing a group)
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Top Ten Photos
(either random or themed)
I’ve chosen to go with the theme, SUNSETS.
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Do you know any foreign words or phrases? Do tell!
What’s your favourite subject for photography?
Was combining two topics a good idea, or did it make the post too long?
Looking forward to your comments!