Assorted 'useful' foreign phrases

These phrases come mainly from phrasebooks and language courses. Some of them are intended to illustrate particular grammatical points, others I just found amusing. Finding occasions to use them might be quite challenging, but you'll probably have fun trying. Maybe you could use them as ice breakers, chat-up lines, as part of a comedy routine, or for some surreal conversations.

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Dutch

Het strijkijzer is aan, wees voorzichtig.
The iron is on, be careful.

Ik ben uitgegleden over een bananenschil.
I slipped on the banana peel.

Waar zijn de lepels en de vorken van de zoon?
Where are the spoons and the forks of the son?

Serveert u ook rabarber in dit restaurant?
Do you serve rhubarb in this restaurant?

Dat is de derde keer deze week dat één van de patienten spontaan is geëxplodeerd.
That is the third time this week that one of the patients has spontaneously exploded.

Pardon, ik ben een appel
Excuse me, I am an apple

Nee, je bent geen appel
No, you are not an apple

De appels lopen
The apples are walking

De sinaasappel spreekt
The orange is speaking

Ik ben geen banaan
I am not a banana

Wie is de man met de grote olifant?
Who is the man with the big elephant?

Waarom heb je een eend?
Why do you have a duck?

Dat is mijn eerste neushoorn
That is my first rhinoceros

Hij gaat niet zonder zijn muis
He doesn't go without his mouse

Tien olifanten, dat is te veel!
Ten elephants, that is too much!

Waarom draagt jouw kat een hoed?
Why is your cat wearing a hat?

De hond fietst
The dog is cycling

Negen olifanten, date is niet genoeg!
Nine elephants, that is not enough!

Misschien ben je een eend
You might be a duck

Ik heb de neushoorn nodig
I need the rhinoceros

Ik zie geen roze olifant
I don't see a pink elephant

Jij hebt een belangrijke eend
You have an important duck

De hond fietst
The dog is cycling

Je hebt geen neushoorn
You don't have a rhinoceros

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