Toujours Tingo: Extraordinary Words to Change the Way We See the World

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Penguin UK, Nov 1, 2007 - Humor - 336 pages
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Why would Germans accuse you of being like the donkey getting cross with a rabbit? Who would a Spaniard tell to go and fry asparagus? And when might the French claim they are without a radish?

Furthering your knowledge of the world’s unusual idioms, Toujours Tingo will also explain how ordering ‘lamb’ in Ethiopia may see a cow delivered to your table, and how politicians in Sweden may be encouraged occasionally to göra en hel Pudel (‘do a full poodle’) with some humble apologising. Covering such wide-ranging linguistic necessities as arguing, raising children, working and dining out, and filling all those gaps that English leaves thoughtlessly unplugged, this book’s charm would – for Russians at least – be ežiku ponjatno (obvious even to a hedgehog).

 

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Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
1Getting Acquainted
2The Human Condition
3Emotional Intelligence
4Social Animals
5Having an Argument
6The Rules of Attraction
13Home Sweet Home
14Dinner Time
15One for the Road
16All in a Days Work
17Game Theory
18Animal Magic
19Climate Change
20The Root of All Evil

7Family Ties
8Kids
9Body Beautiful
10Dressed to Kill
11Stretching Your Legs
12Upping Sticks
21The Criminal Life
22Realpolitik
23From Better to Hearse
24The Great Beyond
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