Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

This week’s theme makes me wish I didn’t use the picture I did for speakcheats’ foreign word of the day – Everyday Life.
Oh well, guess I just have to take more pictures then.

Speakcheats Weekly Challenge - Solitary

We all walk our own paths in life.

These translations are proving to be challenging as most languages combine it with alone.  The difference between the two in my experience is that alone represents being cut off from all connections, personal or otherwise while solitary means just separating oneself from other people.
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English – Solitary

German – einsiedlerisch

Chinese – 独行  “do sheeng”

Spanish – solitario

Japanese –独居“dookyo”
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If anybody else knows of how to say “solitary” in other languages, feel free to share them in the comments and take part in the word of the day challenge.

Previous Weekly Challenge: Everyday Life

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Chinese is Easy, You’re Just Learning it Wrong

你好 “knee how”  (take a wild guess what this means)

“So you’re learning Chinese, it must be hard.”
“How can you read all those characters?”
“I keep hearing about all those complicated tones”

Speakcheats  Chinese is easy, you're just learning it wrong

Don’t make walls out of gateways

I’ve heard all of these excuses and more when I say Chinese is easy. Of the languages I’ve learned, 中文 “jong wen”, Chinese is by far the easiest I’ve come across.   Why you ask?

Well:

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Favorite foreign words

Heyo,

What words have you discovered in foreign languages that you find cool, useful, interesting, funny, etc?

Yuppienalle (Swedish) “Yuppie Teddy” = cell phone.  The imagery makes me laugh.  A variant I use in Mandarin 口袋腦 “ko die now” translates to pocket brain.

Desenrascanço (Portuguese) “disentangle” = figure out a way to do something with what’s on hand regardless of how impossible it may be.  This kind of mindset has helped me countless times since living abroad.

German:

Eselbrücke (Donkey Bridge) = mnemonic.
Donkeys in German aren’t dumb, rather they’re just a little slow and could use a helping hand every now and then.

Doch  Used as a way to insert a counterpoint, call BS on something and an acceptable answer to almost any question in German.

Studentenfuttern (Student feed) = trail mix/nut mix.
The image of students being fed like an animal at a park is comical.

Mandarin:

東西南北 “dong she nan bay” = Cootie Catcher  The word translates to the four directions, east, west, south, north.

火山 “hwo shan” = Volcano.   Fire + Mountain = Volcano, Mandarin simplicity at its finest.

What are your favorite foreign words?

Speakcheats foreign word of the day – Art

Speakcheats foreign word of the day: Art

Speakcheats Foreign Word of the Day- Art

First time I saw this, I couldn’t tell if it was art or just a house for giants.
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English – Art

German – Die Kunst

Mandarin Chinese – 藝術 (ee shoe)

Spanish –    El arte

Japanese – 美術  (bijyutsu)
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Remeber to add your own translations in the comments to take part in the
Speakcheats word of the day translation challenge!

Random word of the day: Sleep

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life in Europe

Having lived in many countries,  Everyday Life has been something different each time.

Speakcheats Weekly Challenge - Daily Life Europe

My memories of everyday life in Europe, where culture and ideas were bigger than people.
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English – Culture

German – Die Kultur

Chinese – 文化  “when hwa”

Spanish – la cultura

Japanese –文化  “bunka”
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If anybody else knows of how to say “culture” in other languages, feel free to share them in the comments and take part in the
Speakcheats word of the day translation challenge!

Previous foreign word of the day: Beautiful

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Just discovered the Weekly photo challenge and a new source of inspiration.

Speakcheats Weekly Challenge - Daily Life

Even with all the technology and modern amenities of the city, many people in the world still live a very simple life living off of the land and sea.
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English – Everyday Life

German – Das Alltagsleben

Chinese – 日常生活  “Reach ang sheng huoa”

Spanish – Vida cotidiana

Japanese –日常生活  “nirajyo seikatsu”
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If anybody else knows of how to say “everyday life” in other languages, feel free to share them in the comments and take part in the Speakcheats word of the day translation challenge!

Previous foreign word of the day: Beautiful

Speakcheats foreign word of the day – Beautiful

Speakcheats foreign word of the day:

Speakcheats Foreign Word of the Day- Beautiful

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English – Beautiful
They like the beautiful sunset

German – schön
Sie mögen den schönen Sonnenuntergang

Mandarin Chinese – (may)
他們喜歡美日落 (tamen shehuan may relow)

Spanish – hermosa
Les gusta la puesta del sol hermosa

Japanese –  (utzukushi)
彼らは美しい日没が好き (car re wa utzukushi remo ga ski)
If anyone has a better Japanese translation, it would be much appreciated. I’m having difficulties with this one
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Speakcheats word of the day translation challenge!

Previous foreign word of the day: It doesn’t matter