Complying with all rules and regulations in a variety of countries can be incredibly complex. Try our quiz and see how you would do if charged with making the following (tongue-in-cheek) decisions!
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|Lena ||01.01.09, 20:01, Beiträge: 25|
|One of my favorite false friends is to be seen in the sales.|
Reduced "body bags" in all varieties in departmentstores and you can imagine the goosebumps and shivers running down the spine of English visitors. To them a "body bag" means "Leichensack".
|kissedlove ||23.12.08, 16:48, Beiträge: 20|
|I love those false words, there are so many. |
Nearly always, if one of my friends or colleagues visit America they use a "handy" and not a mobile phone or cell. And American don't understand "handy", this is a common fault.
|Mark ||23.09.08, 00:01, Beiträge: 107|
|Just today I got a call from one of my friends. She said:|
“This week I have had 57 visitors of my profile. That`s a lot, isn`t it?
Being so vain – eitel - I enjoy every single click of people visiting my profile.
Well, yesterday there was this certain boy – 32/185/75 – who swamped me with his messages and the only aim he had was to meet me.
He was a poet, a great writer, a bright spark – eine Intelligenzbestie - and in his last message he even wrote:
“I need love. This time I am well prepared to show my feelings and not to play anymore. I once had someone`s heart and it beat for mine completely. I had every thrill. I once had lips that kissed mine so sweetly. I once knew all the wonder of someone`s warm love. And I felt so confident, you know. Love for life – I thought. And then one night - I reached out and she was gone.
Think about it. That`s the way love goes away.”
I met him yesterday and I have to say – I have seldom seen such a beautiful boy in my life.
We went to a French restaurant. While I was still eating – I am a slow eater, he was.......
He was flossing! He was flossing! Die Zähne mit Zahnseide reinigen.
“Well, what`s wrong with that? I`m a dental technician, you know. We`re going to kiss afterwards, aren`t we?”
“We left the restaurant and I saw a beautiful old car in front of it. And I said: “Oh, are we going to kiss in this oldtimer now?”
“Marvin asked me: “In what? An oldtimer?”
He was laughing. “Learn some English, girl” – he said.
That was the end of the story.
The boy was flossing and the girl used the word “oldtimer”.
Oldtimer bedeutet im Englischen: Altgedienter, Veteran, Alteingesessener.
Niemand in England verwendet das Wort "oldtimer" für das alte, antique Auto! Richtig sagt man: A VINTAGE CAR.
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