International expressions


Every language has colourful expressions but they can be very difficult for non-native speakers to understand.

Here are some examples; can you match the expression with the meaning?

There are 10 questions and there is a time limit of 90 seconds.

Good luck!


Every language has colourful expressions but they can be very difficult for non-native speakers to understand.

Here are some examples; can you match the expression with the meaning?

There are 10 questions and there is a time limit of 90 seconds.

Good luck!

 
 
 
 
 POLISH: 

Not my circus, not my monkey
 
Not my problem
I don't like circuses with animals
You can run but not hide
To love nature
 
 
 
 
 SPANISH: 

Give pumpkins to someone
pumpkins
 
To ask to marry someone
To reject someone
To help the poor
To love the colour orange
 
 
 
 
 CROATIAN: 

Balls of a swan
 
To love ballet
To be unable to swim
Something that is impossible
To be bad at football
 
 
 
 
 FINNISH: 

To let a frog out of your mouth
 
To burp loudly
To be able to jump high
To camp in the forest
To say the wrong thing
 
 
 
 
 CHINESE: 

To emit smoke from 7 orifices
 
 
To be angry
To cause a lot of pollution
To feel sexy
To sweat a lot
 
 
 
 
 FRENCH: 

To have the cockroach
 
 
To need a bath / shower
To be naughty
To be hated by everyone
To feel sad
 
 
 
 ITALIAN: 

A dog in church
 
 
To be loud
To be embarrassing
An unwanted guest
An atheist
 
 
 
 
 RUSSIAN: 

To hang noodles on the ears
 
 
To be very hungry
To be jealous
To drive a car slowly
To fool someone
 
 
 
 
 FRENCH: 

The carrots are cooked
 
 
The situation can't be changed
You're very lucky
You're stupid
It's time for bed
 
 
 
 
GERMAN: 

Everything has one end, only the sausage has two
 
 
To be single / unmarried
To be very hungry
To be pregnant with twins
Everything comes to an end
 
 
 
 
 SPANISH: 

A lot of noise and no walnuts
 
 
To be deaf
All talk, no action
To love baking
A very expensive meal
 
 
 
 
PORTUGUESE: 

To be as good as corn
 
 
To be stupid
To be afraid
To be attractive / sexy
To be able to run fast
 
 
 
 
 ITALIAN: 

Not all doughnuts come with a hole 
 
 
To have more than one wife / husband
To be hungry
Things are not going as well as you'd like
To prefer healthy food
 
 
 
 
ICELANDIC: 

The raisin at the end of the hot dog
 
 
Something bad
Fruit is healthier than meat
An unexpected surprise at the end of something
To regret getting married
 
 
 
 
POLISH: 

Mustard after lunch
 
 
To feel ill because of overeating
Don't do it!
The opportunity has passed
Go to the toilet
 
 
 
 
 JAPANESE: 

My cheeks are falling off
 
 
I'm embarrassed as I have no money
I have tooth ache
The food is delicious
I can't stop laughing
 
 
 
FRENCH: 

When chicken have teeth
 
 
It will never happen
Everyone cannot be successful
That's embarrassing!
Don't trick me!
 
 
 
 
ARABIC: 

Break a fast with an onion
 
 
To receive less than you were expecting
To make someone cry
To prefer a hot breakfast
To have no money
 
 
 
 
SPANISH: 

You're very elbow
 
 
You're cheap / miserly
You're attractive
You tell lies all the time
You're very tall
 
 
 
 
FRANCE: 

To have mustard going up your nose
 
 
To feel sexy
To be angry
To move around quickly
To be lost
 
 
 
 
ITALIAN: 

To have your eyes lined with ham
 
 
Always thinking about food
To be a vegetarian
To be unable to see something obvious
To think something bad is about to happen
 
 
 
 
ITALIAN: 

To treat you with fish in your face
 
 
To disrespect you
To invite you to dinner
To consider you a very close friend
To congratulate you
 
 
 
 
GERMAN: 

An elephant made out of a fly
 
 
A greedy person
To make a lot of money from nothing
A big problem made from nothing
To pretend to be better than you are
 
 
 
 
GERMAN: 

I think my pig whistles
 
 
I don't believe you
You sing very badly
I love animals and nature
I find you very attractive
 
 
 
 
CHINESE: 

Drawing a snake with feet
 
 
Making something better
Being a perfectionist
Telling a long story with unnecessary information
Saving all your money
 
 
 
 
PORTUGUESE: 

To have little monkeys inside your head
 
 
To be full of energy / never tired
To love fruit
To have a crazy idea
To hate living in a city
 
 
 
 
FRENCH: 

To give your tongue to the cat
 
 
To be playful
To be unable to speak clearly
I can’t guess - tell me the answer
To enjoy shopping
 
 
 
 
ARMENIAN: 

Stop ironing my head
 
 
Stop being so perfect
Stop making me laugh
Stop annoying me
Stop criticising my clothes
 
 
 
 
CHEYENNE: 

My tapeworm can almost talk by itself
 
 
I feel sick
You talk too much
I am very hungry
To share your food with someone
 
 
 
 
DUTCH: 

I'm sweating carrots
 
 
I've eaten too much
I'm sunburnt
I'm sweating a lot
I'm very poor
 
 
 
 
GERMAN: 

You have tomatoes on your eyes
 
 
You're a vegetarian
You look tired
You don't see what everyone else sees
You drive too fast
 
 
 
 
JAPANESE: 

To have a wide face
 
 
To be intelligent
To have lots of friends
To be rich
To watch too much television
 
 
 
MONGOLIAN: 

May your moustache grow like brushwood
 
 
I hope you will have many children
I hope you will be rich
Bless you (after sneezing)
I hope you will have many wives
 
 
 
 
POLISH: 

Don’t feed the donkey sponge cake
 
 
Education is very important
Don't give a hungry person a small meal
Don’t give fine treatment to those who don’t deserve it.
Always chase your dreams
 
 
 
 
SWEDISH: 

There's no cow on the ice
 
 
It's a beautiful, sunny day
Value your friends
Don’t worry / there’s no reason to panic.
To be a bad skier
 
 
 
 
UKRAINIAN: 

Work is not a wolf, it doesn’t run into the woods
 
 
Never leave a problem for tomorrow
Don't go to bed after an argument
I can do that later
Tomorrow is the weekend
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