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The Little Book Of Foreign Swear Words by Sid Finch

by Catherine Van Bergen (follow)
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When learning a new language there are key words and phrases that are essential to know if you plan on getting by. These include but are not limited to learning greetings such as “hello” and “goodbye”, and learning how to respond politely with “please” and “thank you”.

Some people endeavour to learn how to say the colours or numbers or animals, whereas others are happy to learn simple and useful questions like, “where is the toilet?” and “how much does this cost?”
While it’s also helpful to learn syntax and grammar, most people are happy with rudimentary language that shows that their foreign visitor has at least made some effort to learn the local tongue.

But for some people, this isn’t quite enough. For some people, it’s just as important to learn how to swear in a foreign language as it is to know how to ask for the bathroom. After all, who doesn’t like a good expletive to get the message across when something goes wrong? And while most swear words said in English are recognised around the world, wouldn’t it be that much more satisfying saying them in the local language, so that there is absolutely no confusion regarding your view?

If you’re one of these people, then this may be the perfect book for you. If you’re in a foreign country where French, German, Italian or Spanish are the common languages, then this book will provide plenty of translations for whatever offensive word or phrase you wish to utter. This little book is split into several sections: swear words, short swear phrases and long swear phrases, and the above four languages cater to this. Towards the back of the book, there is a section that contains random swear words from around the world- translated into languages such as Dutch, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Hebrew , Swedish and Japanese, among others.

If you plan on traveling the world and would like to work on your multilingual profanity, then this book by Sid Finch will be the ultimate resource for you.

Rating: 4/5
Published: December 2015

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