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

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Souvlaki!! Teeth smile

Budala sa rečnikom
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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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Inscrit·e le: 19.07.2018

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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Inscrit·e le: 01.07.2018

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

Editor - Sculptor of Language
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Alexander Laskavtsev wrote:

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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Inscrit·e le: 01.07.2018

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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Inscrit·e le: 09.10.2018

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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Super Member
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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

Editor
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Igeethecat wrote:

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).

Budala sa rečnikom
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ingirumimusnocte wrote:

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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Inscrit·e le: 09.10.2018

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
Inscrit·e le: 20.09.2018

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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Inscrit·e le: 09.10.2018

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
Inscrit·e le: 20.09.2018

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.

Editor .
Inscrit·e le: 09.10.2018

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?

Editor
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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!

Budala sa rečnikom
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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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Inscrit·e le: 01.07.2018

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 wrote:

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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