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.

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Kiom kostas tiu hundeto en la fenestro?
How much is that doggie in the window?

Mi volas brakumi tiun sciuron.
I want to hug that squirrel.

Bonvolu alsendi la pordiston? Laŭŝajne estas rano en mia bideo!
Could you please send for the hall porter? There appears to be a frog in my bidet!

Kiu kuraĝas rajdi sur leono?
Who has the courage to ride on a lion?

Fremdulo, diru, kiu kaj el kie vi estas.
Foreigner, say who you are and where you're from.

La fera bastono, kiu kuŝis en la forno, estas nun brule varmega.
The iron rod, which is lying in the furnace, is now burning hot.

Kia granda brulo!
What a big conflagration!

Fi, kiel abomene!
For shame, how abominable!

Li estas tiel dika, ke li ne povas trairi tra nia mallarĝa pordo.
He is so fat that he can't go through our narrow door

Tiu ĉi malfreŝa pano estas malmola, kiel ŝtono.
This stale bread is as hard as rock.

Mi ne volis trinki la vinon, ĉar ĝi enhavis en si ian suspektan malklaraĵon.
I didn't want to drink the wine because it had in it some kind of suspicious opaqueness.

Kies roboto manĝis mian kukon?
Whose robot ate my cake

Sources: and Duolingo



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