Das Wort des Tages aka Words of the Day

6 Oct

I’ll be flying off to Germany and France soon and in anticipation of this work-related, though exciting trip, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to some words of the day in German & French.

Learning new languages – Italian, in particular – have made me very excitable around dictionaries and writing because there’s always something new to learn when you delve in. Even in the English language, it’s so interesting to learn the story behind why one word is used instead of another in our vernacular, and even more hilarious/scary/exciting are the stories behind various expressions.

 

Today’s phrases of the day are…

 

Das Wort des Tages – German Word of the Day (well, phrase, really)

den Kasper machen – To act/play the fool

 

Mot du Jour – French Word of the Day **my favorite 

quand on parle du loup (on en voit la queue) – Speak of the devil

(Literally translates to: When you talk about the wolf (you see its tail)

 

What are some of your favorite expressions in English, Slovakian, Greek, whatever! I’d love to hear them…and don’t forget to include the translations! 🙂

 

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2 Responses to “Das Wort des Tages aka Words of the Day”

  1. Bea October 7, 2011 at 9:37 AM #

    In Spanish, when we say “speak of the devil”, we really say “Hablando del rey de Roma”… that stands for “speaking of the king of Rome”… man, the wolf, the king of Rome, the devil… it seems all cultures were scared of different figures 🙂

    BEA

    ps. I have been reading your blog for a while already, and even tho I dont comment often I keep on reading you 🙂

    • C* October 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM #

      Thanks for reading, Bea!! 🙂 And I didn’t know that one in Spanish – I’ll have to use it! 🙂
      We have a portuguese saying in the north of Brazil “Nao manga de mim” which means don’t make fun of me, but literally translates to “Don’t mango me” haha I love that one 🙂 Aren’t they fun??

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