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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.


Hay niebla en Barcelona
There is fog in Barcelona

Busque un plomero en seguida.
Fetch a plumber immediately.

¿Ha visto usted al mozo número diez?
Have you seen porter number ten?

Es una cara dura.
She has a lot of nerve (cheek).

¿Puedo verlo a la luz del día?
May I see this by daylight?

Quisiera comer como un rey
I want to eat like a king

No me importa mirar, pero prefiero no participar
I don't mind watching, but I'd rather not join in

Tu ego está fuera de control
Your ego is out of control

El burro sabe mas que tú
The donkey knows more than you

Discúlpame ¿te importa si te miro un rato? Quiero recordar tu cara en mis sueños.
Excuse me, do you mind if I stare at you for a minute? I want to remember your face for my dreams.

Dame los cables de arranque (de batería), los pollos se han escapado.
Hand me the jump leads, the chickens have escaped.

¡El gato está en la nevera!
The cat is in the fridge!

Mis gatos fueron a un baile el viernes pasado.
My cats went to a dance last Friday.

El búho sabe muchos idiomas.
The owl knows a lot of languages.

¿Tú eres una araña?
Are you a spider?

Mi caballo aprendió francés hace un año.
My horse learnt French a year ago.


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