Nascida e criada em Portugal. Já morei na Polónia, no Brasil, na República Checa e agora é a Suécia que me acolhe.
O meu blogue, tal como o meu cérebro, é uma mistura de línguas. Bem vindos!

Born and raised Portuguese. I have lived in Poland, Brazil, Czech Republic and now I'm in the beautiful Sweden.
My blog, just like my brain, is a blend of languages. Welcome!

quinta-feira, 5 de fevereiro de 2015

Daily life with a strange language

Even though I have been learning some czech, I'm far from being able to do everything using only this language. I try as much as I can, but the czechs also seem happy to practice their english and many times the conversation switches to that more common language. At home however, the translator seems to be our best friend, as not all things we buy have instructions in english, but it can also be in the origin of really funny situations. See the following examples.

1. Gas bill arrives. We pay an advancement every 3 months but you never know if you are paying enough and the yearly bill is always scary. We open the envelope and panic when we see the total we have to pay. It's ok, we think. We have enough money to pay, and maybe next year we have shower only once a week! To make sure we translate the bill description... Oh joy!! That's the amount we will receive and not pay! We paid too much! Let's go back to have shower once a day then...

2. In the same bill comes an estimative of how much we should pay this year. Who decided that value? According to the translator it was the Queen of course, who else!

Your Highness prescription advances from February 2015

3. I bought a bottled marinade for chicken. The instructions were only in czech and translated are:

Finely sliced meat and marinade naklepejte gently rub onto the prepared meat. Cubes of meat with the marinade mix die in order to evenly marines meat. Before grilling or other thermal ablation is recommended to leave the meat in the marinade at least 2 hours to ripen in a cool place. Marinating meat is piping hot, dress! In preparation for the pan, use a little oil. Meat already nesolte!

My favourite part is Marinating meat is piping hot, dress! 

I swear I love being a foreigner!

6 comentários:

  1. I don't think I would make a very good foreigner. It would definitely be an experience. I have enjoyed seeing the pictures that you have posted of Prague. I am trying to do some reading for a while this evening to catch up with new and old friends. Have a great day. Shirley@shirleystitches

  2. Other thermal ablation....hahaha! It has to be frustrating at times, trying to communicate. But I'm sure the experience of living in such a beautiful place is worth every minute.

  3. Sara thank you for your comments on my blog. I am answering them but the e-mail returnes back for some reason.AriadnefromGreece!

  4. Frustrating some times, but as long as we laugh at it everything is fine. We are lucky to have some czech friends that help us when is important.

  5. I would love to be fluent in another language - another of my challenges, but I think czech must be a very difficult language to learn.

  6. Fun60, Czech is very difficult to learn! You can choose something else, maybe portuguese? ;)


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