Off topic: collecting expressions for a show
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trezoq  Identity Verified
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Mar 5

I am busy collecting colloquial (or dialectal) expressions meaning "Come in!" for a show being currently written. The theme is how strangers are welcomed in the city/the county when they arrive.
Ideally it would be how you tell (in your very local way) a newcomer that they are welcome to enter your home/property. The show is supposed to be using humour to deal with the serious topic of tolerance. I have already thought of several languages, but I would be grateful if native speakers told me how they would say it (and provide me with a hint on how to pronounce it, as I can't read aloud more than a dozen languages). I am hoping for PT, RO, HU, PL, ES, RU, UE, HR, IT, Farsi, Pachto, Hindi, etc... but maybe also regional variation (Vlaams, Friisk, Chtimi, nissard, corsican...). Non-European languages are welcome, as are non-western characters (but give me the phonetics, please).

The original English dialectal expression is the typically Norfolk "Come Yew In!"

J'en suis au tout début, et j'ai déjà pensé à ca:

FR: Mais entrez donc!
NL: Komt U maar binnen! / Kom es effe binne
DE: Kommen Sie doch mal rein!

Thank you in advance for your contributions.


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Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
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Arabic Mar 5

In Arabic, people commonly say "Tafaddal" (to a male) and "Tafaddali" (to a female).

Visit the following page in order to hear the pronunciation of each word:

You will also find both words written in Arabic script.

[Edited at 2017-03-05 14:55 GMT]

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Ricki Farn
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German Mar 6

There's several phrases that go beyond "Willkommen", but how long or complex do you want it?

Fühlen Sie sich wie zu Hause! (feel like you are at home = make yourself at home!)
Kommse rein, könnse rausgucken! (come inside so you can look out, spelled phonetically)
Schön, dass Sie hier sind! (great to have you here!)

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Hindi Mar 6

We would say aaiyeh (aah-ee-eh) in hindi....

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Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
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Twents Mar 6

From a region in the Eastern part of the Netherlands - not very widely used but very well-known:

kom 't erin dan kö'j d'r oet kiek'n (come in[to the house], so you can look out)

kom (like English come)
ehrINN (e unstressed, as the last e in 'letter')
kuhh (as in 'duhh')
j (first sound of German 'ja')
oot (to rhyme with soot)
keekn (ee as in the first sound of evil)

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trezoq  Identity Verified
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Just an informal and friendly "come in" Mar 6

Thanks for the first answers. I am not looking for proverbs, just a simple equivalent to "come in", it does NOT need to contain extra meaning, like "have a look around". Imagine for instance, the way you'd encourage a person (who thinks they may be disturbing) to come into your house, hence the "donc" in FR, or the "doch mal" in DE, or "es effe" in haags.
My idea is to have many different languages, to illustrate the many cultures that have been made welcome here in Norwich. I will be collecting these expressions in real life as well, around the city.
I know Italian has many regional variations, for instance, but I don't speak them. Maybe there is a slight difference between PT and Brazilian, or between Czech and Slovakian, etc...
So keep them coming, if you like the idea.

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P Forgas  Identity Verified
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Argentina Mar 6

Pasá nomás.

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