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What are the "only in X country" things of your countries?

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Souvlaki!! Teeth smile

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Only in Serbia a fictional character can run for a president ! P.S. https://lyricstranslate.com/sr/beli-samo-jako-beli-white-one-just-strongly.html

Thank you, guys, for this thread !

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well in the capital of iceland, reykjavik, a comedian started to do campaign and end up being the city mayor XD so it's not far away from that!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/15/jon-gnarr-comedian-mayor-i...

Budala sa rečnikom
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This guy was running 3rd at the end with almost 10% of votes.

http://rs.n1info.com/a242882/Vesti/Vesti/RIK-rezultati-izbora.html

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Here are a few things that I think only exist in Germany:

  • "Generally", there's no speed limit on motorways (but instead too many construction sites and limits for environmental or noise reasons, so that limitless speed actually doesn't work).
  • The opposite of "etwas umfahren" (="to circuit something with a vehicle") is "etwas umfahren" (="to knock something over with a vehicle").
  • As building the new Berlin airport takes a lot more time than expected, its bosses have once announced when the announcement of the announcement of the opening will be announced (currently around the middle of 2019 – perhaps).
  • The constitution of the federal state Hesse has still officially got the death sentence, but it can never be applied as it is forbidden on national level.
  • The term "Heimat": It describes a home where your roots are; or where you feel comfortable; or where you currently live; or where your family and friends are; or where your heart is; or where you dream to live; or or or…

Try to top this! Tongue smile

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In good old USA,
- white people came to America, put a flag into the ground, and claimed it is their land. A black man comes to someone else's apartment, places a flag, and claims it is all his - he get's jail time. 1
- you can get off murder charge by claiming temporary insanity, but try this on a cop after running the red light: officer, thanks for stopping me and letting me know, I am fine now - still get a ticket. 1
- tax cut gives 80% to the richest, results in a trillion of extra debt, and will be fixed by taking away social security (pension) and Medicare (health insurance) from 80% of population.
- Trump is elected.
- Trump can marry a foreigner, bring her parents to US, and still can separate parents and children claiming it reduces illegal immigration. All Mexicans need is to supply a new bride, after all, it's time to dump the older, stale one (plus, she has been slapping his hand away in public) so why not a hot Mexican this time?

1. These were jokes by a comedian whose name escapes me

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I just came upon a quite interesting video (or rather, sequence of pictures) about Russia. It's very long and the (repetitive) music will soon get on your nerves, so : 1/ switch off the sound, 2/ don't watch the whole video in a row - keep some stuff for later ! It's funny (Russian humour) and there's no Putin around, as far as I've seen. Here it goes :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP6IcIA_Ueg

Enjoy ! As they say, "ЭТУ СТРАНУ НЕ ПОБЕДИТь!!!"'

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what is a Short Ton

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Alexander Laskavtsev ha scritto:

What about credit cards?
Is it safe to wear a backpack on the streets without a risk of being robbed or secretly stolen?

No safer situation than walking with a backpack.
Thieves can't run with a big backpack (you'd be faster Wink smile ) and a fishy looking local carryring a tourist's backpack would rise anyone's attention. You may have slit open your outside pockets though; so don't put anything there you wouldn't like to loose.
I was stolen at my hotel room, when I wasn't in.
They took the cash but despised the credit card. (it was not in Mexico!)

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In an Alaskan village, they elected a cat as their Mayor. They were dissatisfied with the other candidates.

https://www.bfmtv.com/international/stubbs-le-chat-qui-etait-maire-d-un-...

He was called Stubbs, but unfortunately, he died in 2017. Perhaps they will elect a parrot by now.

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In France, a "hôte" can be both a host and a guest. Play it by ear.
We have half a dozen ways of naming chocolate croissants, not counting local dialects.
We do kiss a lot. From 2 to 4 pecks on the cheek depending on the region, among friends and even simple acquaintances, regardless of the genre (two guys casually kissing is quite common but less widespread though).
The béret that has come to be a national symbol is very hard to find on a Frenchman's head, except maybe some country old geezers.
As for the baguette, it has long become a luxury good in our overfed country. Even the crappiest sort of industrial bread is about 3 times more expensive than an equivalent weight of pasta. It's still a very popular food though, for those who can afford it.
We do have lots of cheese (a few hundred sorts), many of them so stinky you can smell them from within the fridge. As a scientific fact, this one uses the same bacteria that gives an old floorcloth its distinctive fragrance.
The whole world seems to fantasize about Brigitte Bardot. We rather consider her a senile old cow with right-leaning sympathies.

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A good Soviet comedy with that music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tJPKSz6Gaw

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I have an idea for our American brethren - come and VOTE! Can't understand a single black or Hispanic or woman (any color) vote for trump's trolls in November !

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Dont' speak evil of Munster cheese and senile old cows !

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Short ton equals to 2000 pounds
It is roughly a metric ton if you do the math

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Igeethecat ha scritto:

Short ton equals to 2000 pounds
It is roughly a metric ton if you do the math

Well, it's about 205 pounds less than a metric ton (and 240 pounds less than an imperial ton).

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ingirumimusnocte ha scritto:

In France,
We do kiss a lot. From 2 to 4 pecks on the cheek depending on the region, among friends and even simple acquaintances, regardless of the genre (two guys casually kissing is quite common but less widespread though).
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I found this interesting. Thank you for mentioning it.
How many times people in your countries kiss? In Serbia, regular number of kisses is 3. And you can see two men kissing at formal events like wedding ceremonies, New years eve and other holidays or when they see each other after a long time, if they were godfathers, or relatives etc.

I sometimes see parents kissing their children in the mouth (on tv or Facebook). Is that a custom in your country? It was really weird when I saw it for the first time.

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Haha no, even in France, French kiss is not that widespread. Kissing on the lips is only for lovers, as in most countries.
As a social worker I saw quite a few weird things happening between parents and children, but never a mother kissing her son on the lips!
That would send the kid a pretty confusing message.

Budala sa rečnikom
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Thank you for your answer. That was rare scene, still.

One more thing that bothers me. People in Serbia really like to take pictures of their children even when they are naked by the swimming pool or at seaside and to post it on Facebook.

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Oh well, people like to do all sorts of things. I can only hope they have enough wisdom not to do all of them. I'm not sure Mr. Zuckerberg shares my views on that subject though.

Budala sa rečnikom
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You are completely right.

But still, someone can misuse those pictures. I'm not saying those pictures should be forbidden, I just want to say that people should be more careful and they should protect their children.

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Well yes, accidents are bound to happen when you hand a loaded gun to a kid. Especially when shooting that gun becomes the social norm.

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May l ask you something? Are you petit_eleve?

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I was Regular smile

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That explains a lot... And why you delete your account and make another one?

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I've been wondering why you had disappeared, Pierre. Glad to see that you haven't.

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To keep things short, I thought my profile was becoming a bit too conspicuous. I reset my score so that I could keep doing my translations in peace.

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Pierre, I'm so glad you're back. Hope you'll stay forever with us. You know a lot of people love you, don't you?

But recreating a new account won't work - you're a social tombcat, you don't hide, your comments are just like footprints...

Keep up the good work. You're translations are appreciated by many!

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That's a nice thing to say. I'll try to be worthy of your praise then Regular smile

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Kот в сапогах жив!

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I've rememered one more little thing "only in Serbia" - the family tree

We have so many words for introducing our family members. For example, "aunt" can be "tetka", "strina" or "ujna" depedning on whose sister or wife she is.
Fun fact: "Tetka" was synonym for an old bat for years, but now it means "young and desirable girl, usually without her own children"
Our parents or grandparents call us "sine" (son), even if we are girls!
I can tell to my sister:"Brate, nemoj da budeš dosadna", literally "Brother, don't be so annoying". Teeth smile
Words for -in laws are a bit weird too. The father of the bride and the father of the groom call each other "prijatelj"(friend).
And so on, and so on...

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In Africa, when somebody introduces you to a guy and say "he's my brother", you'd better ask : - Brother same-father same-mother ? If yes, then there is a good chance that he's really a brother, if not, he may be some remote cousin, or just some neighbour living in the same village for example...

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Jelena Petrovic 1 ha scritto:

I've rememered one more little thing "only in Serbia" - the family tree
We have so many words for introducing our family members.

In Germany, we use the funny sounding "Schwippschwager" ("Schwager" means brother-in-law, "schwipp" doesn't really mean anything) for family members not related by blood that we have no specific name for. For example, your brother-in-law's brother and sister would be called "Schwippschwager" and "Schwippschwägerin", respectively. But it's getting a little outdated.
Nowadays we use the full connection ("die Schwägerin der Nichte meines Schwagers" = "my brother-in-law's niece's sister-in-law") if we know it.

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Alexander Laskavtsev][quote=phantasmagoria ha scritto:
Igeethecat ha scritto:

Always take precautions that should be common sense to anyone:
- Don't wear flashy clothes/jewelry '
- Keep your money safe and mobile devices out of sight until you get to your destination
- Only carry the amount of money you think you'll be spending and be careful where you take your money when you're in sketchy parts of Mexico.

Other than that, have fun and enjoy! I've thankfully never been kidnapped, mugged or robbed at gun point, a lot of the stories you'll hear are from people that didn't take these precautions seriously.

What about credit cards? Regular smile
Is it safe to wear a backpack on the streets without a risk of being robbed or secretly stolen?

Credit cards (at least where I visit) are uncommon, most people carry cash. We keep our cash hidden away like in a small bag underneath our clothes because you run a higher risk of being pick-pocketed. My uncle likes to keep cash in his socks or strapped to a flat-like fanny pack under his clothes. We never carry backpacks unless it contains nothing of value.

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phantasmagoria ha scritto:

Credit cards (at least where I visit) are uncommon, most people carry cash. We keep our cash hidden away like in a small bag underneath our clothes because you run a higher risk of being pick-pocketed. My uncle likes to keep cash in his socks or strapped to a flat-like fanny pack under his clothes. We never carry backpacks unless it contains nothing of value.

I remember a school trip to Rome where I carried all my money in a neck pouch. One of our teachers kept telling me how ridiculous that was, until he got 1,000 bucks pick-pocketed off him on the subway on the last day of our trip. Teeth smile

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phantasmagoria ha scritto:

Credit cards (at least where I visit) are uncommon, most people carry cash. We keep our cash hidden away like in a small bag underneath our clothes because you run a higher risk of being pick-pocketed. My uncle likes to keep cash in his socks or strapped to a flat-like fanny pack under his clothes. We never carry backpacks unless it contains nothing of value.

Where do you live Regular smile ?
In France, almost no one carries cash anymore, some elders still do (by habits I guess), but most (if not everybody) use credit card here. And since we can pay by "Sans Contact" (we don't have to use our credit pin to buy something if it's >30€), it has raised a lot.

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magicmulder ha scritto:

I remember a school trip to Rome where I carried all my money in a neck pouch. One of our teachers kept telling me how ridiculous that was, until he got 1,000 bucks pick-pocketed off him on the subway on the last day of our trip. Teeth smile

That's pretty smart, even if others think it look dumb it saves you the heartache of realizing you've been pick-pocketed when you were least expecting it.

Floppylou ha scritto:

In France, almost no one carries cash anymore, some elders still do (by habits I guess), but most (if not everybody) use credit card here. And since we can pay by "Sans Contact" (we don't have to use our credit pin to buy something if it's >30€), it has raised a lot.

I live in the US (NY to be more specific), where we use card more often than cash (I still keep cash around just in case. My reply was for when people visit Mexico, where using a card is more of a privilege than an actual necessity since only tourists, the middle class or higher have access to one.

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Only in Czech Republic (we've got 3 historical parts-Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia):
•People from Prague (Bohemia) hate people from Brno (Moravia). In general, Czechs hate Moravians...and Silesians...and Slovaks...and everybody else. People in Czech Republic are very racist. An immigrant-hating Japanese, a weed-smoking pirate and a greedy Slovak meet each other-that's not a joke, but our elections.
•We use "ty vole" (literally means "you castrated bull", but is used as "dude" or "man") nearly after every word
•You can hear here unique sound "ř" which doesn't exist in any other language
•Mushroom-picking is considered as national sport
•Everybody drinks beer. Czech beer is the best. Czechs don't want to hear about any Irish or German beer, that's "water".

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What's wrong with cash? I pay most of my stuff in cash.

Germans say American beer is only water.

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I guess both French and Italian people think that American coffee is dishwashing water...

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Flopsi ha scritto:

What's wrong with cash? I pay most of my stuff in cash.

Germans say American beer is only water.

Well, most people get paid through direct deposit, meaning it sits in the bank and it's easier for us to just use our cards. Older generations still cling to paying with cash, as generations heading that way (I'm talking 40s 50s) are slowly beginning to favor card over cash, since generations younger than that are already on the card form of payment.

And yes, American beer is disgusting; I much prefer tequila (or vodka if there's no tequila) over their piss beer.

Jadis ha scritto:

I guess both French and Italian people think that American coffee is dishwashing water...

Eh, about the same. It depends on the brew you make, mine is always dark and even then I try to grind my own beans when I can. I know they hate me when I order coffee and I'm very specific about sugar, because it's too "excessive", well it wouldn't be excessive if their coffee didn't taste so gross, I'm just trying to make the best of a bad blend of coffee.

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Some say that Brazilian people are the only ones who add ketchup as toppings to their pizzas, that being an outrage for our Italian friends. Not sure if that's true, though Tongue smile

Oh, and we do have açaí (Brazilian berry), jaboticaba (Brazilian grape), castanha do Pará (Brazil nut), brigadeiro, pão de queijo... Just to name a few of our unique delicacies. As for our habits, don't recall any...

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Lenka Arya Gurinova ha scritto:

Mushroom-picking is considered as national sport

Where can I join a mushroom-hunting contest? My dad used to take me to pick mushrooms since I was 5 or 6. He was very upset sometimes because I would spot the best ones (not being tall enough is not a bad thing sometimes) Regular smile

Lenka Arya Gurinova ha scritto:

Everybody drinks beer. Czech beer is the best. Czechs don't want to hear about any Irish or German beer, that's "water".

Flopsi ha scritto:

Germans say American beer is only water.

Have they heard about “Bud Light”? — it is distilled water they call a beer. Teeth smile

Jadis ha scritto:

I guess both French and Italian people think that American coffee is dishwashing water...

American coffee is just colored smeally water if you get it in cheap joints, but you can find a good stuff if you know how to order it Regular smile

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Unique sound "ř" ??? I guess you know no Gàidhlig and no Gaeilge.
In the UK, many people from England hate the Irish, the Scots, and the Welsh.
In Scotland, one of our favourite Gàidhlig songs (written somewhere between about 180 years ago and about 150 years ago) begins
Tha mi sgìth de luchd na beurla, tha mi sgìth dhiubh le da-rìreadh
which translates to English as "I'm fed up with speakers of English, I'm really absolutely pissed off with them".
Despite that we tend to get on together, although only a fool would bet on us still being a United Kingdom 10 years from now.
As for beer: Czech beer is usually served very cold - it's a bit like Australian beer, it has to be served cold enough to numb the taste buds in the mouth. Scotttish beer is far more drinkable.

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Jadis ha scritto:

I guess both French and Italian people think that American coffee is dishwashing water...

Yglf! I wouldn't dream of washing my tableware in such awful muck! Evidently the French and Italians are less fastidious about treatment of plates and cutlery than we Scots are.
For myself, I prefer Spanish coffee - I drink a lot of coffee in wintertime (because these days I'm in Spain during the coldest 5 or 6 months every year) and almost no coffee in summer (because I tend to be in England during the warmest 6 months of the year, and coffee there is at best marginally less awful than coffee in the USA, and at worst even worse that American coffee). I will always remember a Spanish restaurant in London where if I asked (in Spanish) for a cortado largo I would get a small cup half-filled with something even weaker than americano and a small jug of cold milk - that despite all the restaurant staff being Spaniards (in Spain I get a large expresso and hot milk). I guess they had been in London too long and picked up English ideas about coffee.

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Lenka Arya Gurinova ha scritto:

•People from Prague (Bohemia) hate people from Brno (Moravia). In general, Czechs hate Moravians...and Silesians...and Slovaks...and everybody else. People in Czech Republic are very racist.

You forgot yo say that Czechs, Moravians and Slovaks equally hate the Roms.. perhaps having some reasons to. I was in Košice in 1991, little time after Berlin Wall fell, I parked my red Lada break (kind of Zhigouli) on an hotel parking for the night, and in the morning, the window was broken and everything I had left inside was stolen. Wenn I complained to the hotel receptionist, she immediately looked very scared (Western tourists were still scarce then) and said : OMG, it's the Roms. Czechoslovakian police showed up in exactly the same model of car as mine, only was it a white one. I had to declare everything that was stolen, with the value of each item in Czechoslovakian crowns (!) Of course, I never heard anything of my stuff any more. Košice is famous for its Rom area, Luník IX .

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Думаю этого делать не нужно. Ведь это будет мнение одного или двух человек на одного президента каждого государства кто примет участие в обсуждении. Не об'ективно как то...

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michealt ha scritto:

Unique sound "ř" ??? I guess you know no Gàidhlig and no Gaeilge.

No I don't, but I was listening to it and didn't hear any sound that would be similar to ř. However, Polish people have rz, but it's not the same.

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