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Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Dutch to Romanian
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May 14, 2010

Hi All,

What language is considered so difficult in your culture that generates expressions like that one in subject, when something is not understandable or complicated?

I am Romanian. In my language we use Chinese (at least in the region I come from). So, when somebody is talking about something and the listener doesn't get the point, the one who is talking might say "Come on! I am not using Chinese to explain all that!".

When traveling to Holland, I heard people saying "It's all Greek to me!", while English (UK) people use "It's all Dutch to me!".

Well, I know Greek and I am a basic user of Dutch and I must admit that English people are right!


What about other cultures/languages?


Veronica


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Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
Germany
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German May 14, 2010

Interesting topic!

In German, it's either "Das kommt mir spanisch vor!" ("Sounds like Spanish to me!"), or "Das sind böhmische Dörfer!" ("That's all Bohemian villages to me!")



[Bearbeitet am 2010-05-14 14:31 GMT]


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Mafalda d'Orey de Faria  Identity Verified
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Chinese May 14, 2010

In Portugal, we say "it's chinese".

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Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
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:) May 14, 2010

efreitag wrote:

Interesting topic!

In German, it's either "Das kommt mir spanisch vor!" ("Sounds like Spanish to me!"), or "Das sind bömische Dörfer!" ("That's all Bohemian villages to me!")



Spanish? Now from a "Romanian point of view" this is weird


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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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Russian/Ukrainian May 14, 2010

We say «китайская грамота» (it's Chinese)...

[Редактировалось 2010-05-14 16:23 GMT]


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Ioana Lazar Capitaneanu
France
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France May 14, 2010

Hello!

In France it's Chinese.
"C'est du Chinois" is the expression currently used.

Ioana


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Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Czech May 14, 2010

In Czech, "it's a Spanish village to me" (Je to pro mě španělská vesnice).

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Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Hmm May 14, 2010

Stanislav Pokorny wrote:

In Czech, "it's a Spanish village to me" (Je to pro mě španělská vesnice).


It seems that Czech People mixed 2 German expressions

efreitag wrote

Das kommt mir spanisch vor!" ("Sounds like Spanish to me!"), or "Das sind bömische Dörfer!" ("That's all Bohemian villages to me!")


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David Russi  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:45
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Spanish > Chinese May 14, 2010

para mí es chino, parece chino

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imatahan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Brazil May 14, 2010

We aso say Greek

(Você está falando grego, pra mim.)


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Julie Fragkaki
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Greek May 14, 2010

Obviously we don't use Greek lol
It's also Chinese to us


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Cilian O'Tuama  Identity Verified
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not Dutch May 14, 2010

but "Double Dutch" is the term I'm most familiar with (from Dublin/Ireland).

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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It's Greek or Double Dutch to the English May 14, 2010

The English also say "It's all Greek to me". As for Dutch, they don't actually say "It's all Dutch to me", but they do describe something incomprehensible as "Double Dutch".

Sorry, Cilian, didn't see your post till after I'd posted this.

[Edited at 2010-05-14 16:01 GMT]


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Stéphanie Soudais  Identity Verified
France
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Hebrew (France) May 14, 2010

Ioana Lazar Capitaneanu wrote:


In France it's Chinese.
"C'est du Chinois" is the expression currently used.

Ioana


Chinese but also Hebrew ("c'est de l'hébreu").

[Edited at 2010-05-14 16:18 GMT]


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Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
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Double Dutch May 14, 2010

Cilian O'Tuama wrote:

but "Double Dutch" is the term I'm most familiar with (from Dublin/Ireland).




Even funnier I never heard an English saying it. People who went to England told me.

I perfectly understand you


Are then translators who work with Dutch>English paid double???

[Edited at 2010-05-14 16:44 GMT]


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