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midnightsun

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:uk: Ass (means… you know.)
:de: Ass (means ace or hotshot in English)

So if a German says "Du bist ein Ass“ he isn’t insulting you. :sneaky: It’s a compliment.
 
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Sammy

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I‘ve met people in german speaking countries who are not aware of the fact that :de: Handy (mobile phone) does not have the same meaning in :uk:
 
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mup

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:es: salida = exit, way out
:it: salita = climb, rise, ascent

:es: salir = to leave, to go/get out
:it: salire = to climb, to go up

:es: subir = to rise, to go/get up
:it: subire = to suffer, to endure, to undergo
 

mitch67

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:uk: mist means "garbage"/"rubbish" in :de:
so as a german speaking person, this whiskey may not be your first choice. :LOL:
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well maybe because Canadian whiskey is just sucha thing...;-)
 

mitch67

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when germaqns try to speak Denglish

public viewing: in Germny this is an outdoor event to watch a sports event or Eurovision

in English: display of a dead person before tjhe funeral
 

MilenaC91

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Caldo - hot in Italian, cold in English, Hladno - cold in my native language, the most annoying simple thing
 

Himan

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:nl: poepen
:uk: to poop

:be:(Flemmish part) poepen
:uk: To do the deed.
 
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nofuxCZ

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Saw this on twitter and that made me laugh

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frajer in :cz: Czech can have both negative and positive meaning, depending on the context, but usually we say it as a positive word - often meaning a "cool guy" or something similar. It can also be a general word for a guy or for a boyfriend
I see :pl: Polish has it quite differently :ROFLMAO:
 

Paper7

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:de: Hure = prostitute
:ch:-:de: anne hure = to crouch
:ch:-:de: huere gut = very good

:de: Fotze = vulgar for Vagina
:ch:-:de: Fotzel = a shred (of paper)

when germaqns try to speak Denglish

public viewing: in Germny this is an outdoor event to watch a sports event or Eurovision

in English: display of a dead person before tjhe funeral

Not such a widespreaden false friend (just one case), but once a shop had for their catalog the following thoughts "Yeah... Rucksack is such a lame german name for this item, we need something cool in english!" and they called their rucksacks (which is an existing germanism in english for a special type of backpacks...) "body bags" which means Leichensäcke in german. :oops::ROFLMAO:
 
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