1. A Romanian is not “surprised”… his “face has fallen off” (i-a picat fața).
  2. A Romanian didn’t just “do so much with so little”…he “made a whip out of shit” (face din rahat bici).
  3. A Romanian won’t “lose temper”…his “mustard will jump off” (îi sare muștarul).
  4. A Romanian hasn’t just “screwed up”…he “threw his boogers in the beans” (a dat cu mucii-n fasole).
  5. A Romanian won’t “try to fool you”…he’ll “throw vapours at you” (te aburește).
  6. Nor will he “lie to you”… he’ll “sell you doughnuts” (vinde gogoși).
  7. A Romanian doesn’t “suddenly get it”… his “coin drops” (îi pică fisa).
  8. A Romanian is not “extremely tired”…he’s “cabbage.” His life is not “chaotic”… it’s “cabbage.” And his room is not “a complete mess”…it’s also “cabbage” (varză).
  9. A Romanian doesn’t simply deem an effort “useless”… he says it’s “a rub on a wooden leg” (frecție la picior de lemn).
  10. You don’t “drive a Romanian nuts”… you “take him out of his watermelons” (îl scoți din pepeni).
  11. A Romanian will not have “the impostor syndrome”… he will “feel with the fly on his cap” (se simte cu musca pe căciulă).
  12. In Romania, things are not “far away”… they’re “at the devil’s mother” (la mama naibii).
  13. A Romanian is not “crazy”…he’s “gone on a raft” (dus cu pluta).
  14. A Romanian won’t tell you to stop “wasting time”… he’ll tell you to stop “rubbing the mint” (frecă menta).
  15. A Romanian won’t say that something is “cool”… he’ll say it’s “concrete” (beton).
  16. A Romanian is not “nervous”… he “has a carrot (in the ass)” (are un morcov în fund).
  17. A Romanian doesn’t just “keep quiet”… he “keeps quiet like the pig in a corn field” (tace ca porcu-n păpușoi).
  18. As a Romanian you don’t “fool yourself”… you “get drunk with cold water” (te îmbeți cu apă rece).
  19. A Romanian is not “stupid”… he’s “a Venice bush” (tufă de Veneția).
  20. A Romanian won’t “call it quits”… he’ll “stick his feet in” (își bagă picioarele).
  21. A Romanian has’t been „scammed”…he „took a spike” (a luat țeapă).
  22. A Romanian is not a „drunkard”…he’s a „blotting paper” (sugativă).
  23. A Romanian will not look at you „confused”..he will „stare like the craw at the bone” (ca cioara la ciolan).
  24. A Romanian doesn’t have „unusual ideas”… he has ” a curly mind” (are minte creață).
  25. A Romanian “doesn’t look at someone confused”…”he stares like a cat in the calendar” (se uită ca pisica in calendar).
  26. A Romanian is not “unsuitable for the job in hand”… he is “like an old lady with a machine gun” (ca baba si mitraliera).
  27. A Romanian is not “pulling the wool over someone’s eyes”… he is “walking with the painted crow ” (umblă cu cioara vopsită).
  28. A Romanian doesn’t say “ there’s static on the TV”… he says “the TV has fleas” (televizorul are pureci).
  29. A Romanian doesn’t “make a mountain out of a molehill”… he “makes a stallion out of a mosquito” (face din țânțar armasar).
  30. A Romanian won’t tell you “walk away and leave me in peace”…he will tell you “walk the bear” (plimbă ursul).
  31. A Romanian won’t tell you that you “disappeared when you were most needed”…he will tell you that you “disappeared like the donkey in the mist” (ai dispărut ca magarul in ceață).
  32. A Romanian doesn’t tell you are “doing or saying something crazy” … he will tell you “have dwarfs on your brains” ( ai pitici pe creier).
  33. A Romanian doesn’t “do something wrong”…he “steps on the lightbulb” (calcă pe bec).
  34. A Romanian doesn’t “make a little go a long way”…he “makes a whip out of a poo” (face din rahat bici).


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