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    Question Similar idioms in other languages

    I was talking to someone recently whose second language was English and they were trying to describe someone who was acting like a "Bull in a China Shop"

    They used a phrase like "Elephant in a porcelain factory" (or similar) and later I was expressing my amusement at that to another non-English speaker and they said that that was very similar to the idiom used in their language (Polish).

    I thought that I would do some research on how many similar idioms there were with similar meanings in other languages, any ideas as to where to start?

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    Default Re: Similar idioms in other languages

    French : Un éléphant dans un magasin de porcelaine ( China shop)

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    Default Re: Similar idioms in other languages

    Español: Como un elefante en una cacharrería.
    There are a lot involving animals: Un burro en un garaje (a donkey in a mechanist's, that is absent-minded and oblivious), Un pavo en navidad (a turkey at Christmas, that is, afraid and suspicious), Un cerdo en un charco ( a pig in a pond, enjoying himself and happy as you can be); we even say 'Tienes el mismo cerebro que un caballo' (You have horse's brains, that is, just enough not to poo during a parade...) They are quite funny.

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    Same in Russian: Слон в посудной лавке = An elephant in china shop. I would be curious to know in which language it started, and why? Anyone was able to find the roots so far?

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    In danish: som en elefant i en glasbutik
    ----------- like an elephant in a glass store

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    Do any of you use 'eat my hat'? Apparently, it occurs in some other languages.

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    What does it mean?

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    I'll eat my hat if I'm wrong = to do something impossible (eat a hat) if you are wrong.

    "eat my hat" is a very common saying in danish. "aede min hat".

    Got my own saying, about something that's very difficult:

    "It's like, getting a camel through a keyhole"
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    We say easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, which is from the Bible.

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