Books of idioms, proverbs and sayings in many languages
Say What?: The Lonely Planet Guide to Idioms in Many Languages
by Lou Callan
- a fascinating colleciton of idioms, proverbs and sayings in a variety
of languages. This is the book for you if you've ever wondered what's the
Danish equivalent of 'It's raining cats and dogs' (Det regner skomagerdrenge -
it's raining shoemakers' apprenticies) or the French for 'Pigs might fly'
(Quand les poules auront des dents - When hens have teeth).
The expressions are shown in their native languages and scripts, with
transliterations where necessary, English translations and explanations.
In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World
by Christopher J. Moore
- an interesting collection of words from various languages that are difficult
to translate into other languages. Includes explanations of the words, details
of cultural backgrounds and amusing anecdotes.
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