8 Greek Phrases You Have to Learn Before Travelling to Greece

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Once known as a powerful country, Greece is a massive contributor to the world with its amazing and fantasy-like history. It is home to a lot of fables, and it still has remnants and proof of being such a powerful country till this day.

So, here you are, getting ready to travel into a place that you have never been to before. Greece might be a shadow of what it once was, but do not let that fool you. Its history is one of the best so far.

When travelling to Greece, one of the most important thing that you should consider is communication, because, without it, you might find yourself lost and unable to go to places you want to visit.

Aside from that, you might have a little bit of a problem with your time and effort. You wouldn’t want to go to this sacred place only to hide in your hotel just because you have problems interacting.

Greek Phrases

With that in mind, we have compiled a list of Greek phrases that you should know and hopefully should use as well. Know that we are going to try and write them in their native characters as well to bring you as much information as you need.

  • Δεν καταλαβαίνω (Den katalavéno): I don’t understand
  • Συγνώμη (syngnómi): Excuse me/ Sorry
  • Παρακαλώ, μιλάτε αγγλικά? (Parakaló, miláte aggliká?): ‘Please, do you speak English?’
  • Είμαι χορτοφάγος (Ime hortofágos): I am a vegetarian
  • Το λογαριασμό παρακαλώ (To logariasmó parakaló!): The bill, please!
  • Ναι/οχι (Ne/óhi): Yes/No
  • Ευχαριστώ/Παρακαλώ (efharistó/parakaló): Thank you/Welcome
  • Μπορειτε να με βοηθησετε (Boríte na me voithísete?): Can you help me?

Δεν καταλαβαίνω (Den katalavéno): I don’t understand

Ok, Let’s start the list with the most common yet very important for non-Greek speakers like you and me. Translated to ‘I don’t understand’, it is without a doubt that you might use this Greek phrase in your trip more often then you thought.

When you are asking for directions, when you are inquiring about a souvenir and pretty much everytime you communicate to a native speaker, it is best to have this in your back pocket just in case they mistake you for a native and speak words you haven’t heard before.

Συγνώμη (syngnómi): Excuse me/ Sorry

Another Greek phrase that you should also keep in your vocabulary is the term for ‘excuse me’ or ‘sorry’. This phrase is often spouted when you step on a person’s shoe unintentionally, but as a cautious tourist, you should always be humble. Nobody wants to brawl or fight with a Greek individual, not when you are the one that is visiting their country. At best, you should always have this ready in cases where you offended a person without reason.

Παρακαλώ, μιλάτε αγγλικά? (Parakaló, miláte aggliká?): ‘Please, do you speak English?’

This is probably one of the Greek phrases that you should already know when you are still packing up for the trip. This is important because not only does it give you a better chance of communication, but it also lets the other speaker know that you need assistance. Probably one of the most important things to establish when you are travelling is a rapport with the people you are travelling with and the people you find along the way. This is the best phrase to use so that you can gather more information and not waste the time of other people who can’t help you.

Είμαι χορτοφάγος (Ime hortofágos): I am a vegetarian

This is another important word if you are a person who eats only vegetables. This is another one of the Greek phrases that can give you less hassle and stress. Being that Greek food is lovely and amazing to the taste, the locals would understand your case when you say the phrase. Get your vegetables and turn down the meat. In any kind of travel, encountering something you do not want would really ruin the whole experience so if you do not want any kind of livestock in your food or if you are a vegetarian, feel free to learn the Greek phrase.

Το λογαριασμό παρακαλώ (To logariasmó parakaló!): The bill, please!

While we are talking about food, we should talk about the Greek phrases that make the transaction better for you and the cashier or even waiter for that matter. Imagine this, you started to order, notified the waiter that you cannot speak the proper Greek language, let them know that you are a vegetarian and wish that your orders have no such livestock product, enjoyed your meal, and wish to leave. Before you can, you have to do one more thing, and that is asking for the bill.

This Greek phrase is used to notify the waiter that you wish to pay for your meal. This might come in handy since you are not sure if the waiter understands your language or not. They might understand the English language, but you are in Greece. You are there to try out new things. So why not learn their language?

Ναι/οχι (Ne/óhi): Yes/No

Listen closely. These secret terms can save you a lot of miscommunication and discomfort along your journey. The language is simple to learn, but you should also be knowledgeable enough to use it. Take the yes and no phrases for that matter. It is a great way to start learning a few things about Greece’s native language.

Ευχαριστώ/Παρακαλώ (efharistó/parakaló): Thank you/Welcome

Gratitude is something that every tourist shows gleefully around the people of Greece. Here, the population is always willing to help. Whether they struggle to speak the English language or not, any Greek would go out of their way to help you enjoy their country, too. Remember this phrase, because you are going to use it a lot with the amount of love the Greek population will give you. It might not be much. But a ’thank you’ in their native language will mean a lot.

Μπορειτε να με βοηθησετε (Boríte na me voithísete?): Can you help me?

As a solo traveller in a place that you are not familiar with, one of the bad things that you should have already shed should be pride. Pride prevents you from asking other people directions and thinking that you do not have to because you already read books and maps along the way. In cases where you find that you are lost and out of corners to turn, please, use this Greek phrase to employ the help of people who know the place more than you do.

8 of the Best Festivals In Australia That You Should See

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We all love to party, some much more than others. And when you are Australian, you would often be the latter. It is a known fact that you will surely experience the best festivals in Australia.

Amidst their unexpected treasures that are still unbeknownst to the world, you would be surprised by how much a visit to Australia during these festivals would make your trip all worth it.

Best Festivals In Australia

From dragging boats on a dry, barren riverbed, practising ancient rituals and swimming naked under the moon to enjoying music and being swept away into a new world like no other, we have gone and searched for the best festivals in Australia.

  • Adelaide Fringe Festival
  • Birdsville Races
  • Dark Mofo, Hobart
  • Floriade, Canberra
  • Henley-on-Todd Regatta, Alice Springs
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay
  • Vivid Sydney

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Starting off our list of the best festivals in Australia is the world famous Adelaide Fringe Festival. It is one of the most fabulous and grandiose festivals that would surely give you an unforgettable experience. Celebrated every February and March, the festival lasts for almost a whole 30 days so you could take your time and enjoy the attractions without rush. The entire South Australian Capital would transform into a place you would never imagine. Think about Alice in Wonderland, and then multiply its beauty and you will have one of the best Fringe Festival you would ever experience in your life.

Birdsville Races

Now, if you are looking for a festival only Australians could think off, then the Birdsville Races would be one of them. Started way back in 1882, the festival is primarily celebrated on the first week of September.

Unlike the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Birdsville Races run for only a few days, give or take 3-4 days to be exact. One more thing to note is that the location where this festival is held can only hold a few. Little known fact is that the Birdsville Races will not only give you an experience you have never seen before but attending the festival also lets you support the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Dark Mofo, Hobart

As a tourist, you might have heard of the famous Museum of Old and New Art or MONA in Hobart. It is a museum that boasts breathtaking images and amazing arts that you will never forget. However, aside from the museum Hobart also has one hell of a festival.

The Dark Mofo is a wild festival that is not for the faint of heart. The festival primarily delves into weird and ancient winter solstice rituals and mashing it together with modern culture. There are so many things to do and see in the Dark Mofo like the nude swims and even sketchy fire burning ceremonies. If you are looking for thrills and even a quick glimpse of what the ancient people would do during this dark and lonely night, then the Dark Mofo is a festival that was meant for you.

Floriade, Canberra

Now, if you are not looking for those kinds of thrills, and just want to look at beauty, then this second best festivals in Australia is one that you should keep in mind. The Floriade Festival that is held in Canberra is Australia’s biggest celebration of Spring.

Held every September to October, the festival highlights one of the most colourful and heartwarming displays of flowers that attract green thumbs and people alike. This might be one of the best festivals in Australia, and you should give it a try. Trust us when we say, you would never look at your garden the same way again.

Henley-on-Todd Regatta, Alice Springs

A quick history if you please.  Alice Springs’ Todd river is an already dry riverbed. That means that no water passes through it. In this Festival, you would witness the riverbed come to life by watching ships that were made from recycled items be carried by men over the sandy desert riverbed.

If that is not enough to convince you, we advise that you take the leap and go instead since there is nothing in the world that can explain how fun and exciting this festival really is. Only Australians can bring about these kinds of entertainment in a sandy barren land and see them smile is really a boat ride away from reality.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If you are looking for a show, then Melbourne Australia has a bloody great one for you! Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the most sought-after and best festivals in Australia. Not only because of its massive array of skits and giggles but of how grand Melbourne Australia makes this festival come to be. From the amusing pamphlets and festival decor, you would surely look forward to celebrating a night of laughter in this festival that celebrates it.

Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay

Splendour in the Grass might be one of every college student’s dream. From the amazing venue to its breathtaking rosters of musicians, you would be stupid not to book a trip to Australia for this music festival alone! The festival caters to almost 30,000 people and that the tickets for this particular music festival get sold instantly. That is how good this festival really is, you should write this down in your bucket list if you are a music junkie.

Vivid Sydney

Sydney is one of the most popular cities in Australia. Aside from its tourist spots, its festivals are world renowned as well. From massive lights that shape the cities to scenes that are born from every photographer’s dream, this festival surely deserves a spot in our list of the best festivals in Australia.

Celebrated in May, the festival boasts of lights, music, and memories that would be really hard to replicate. Here, the cherry on top of the cake would be when you would watch a show in the Sydney Opera House.

Australia has more attractions to offer. They boast amazing tourist attractions worthy of shrugging off festivals and have festivals worthy of taking a trip for. The experiences and people would make you feel a lot more at home.

Common Indonesian Names and  What They Mean

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Indonesians give their children the best names they can think of. They take names very seriously. Parents consider what the name means and how it sounds.

They aim for the graceful names and give them to their children. They firmly believe that a name is the parent’s prayer given to a child.

Common Indonesian Names

In this article, we’ll take a look at the most common yet beautiful Indonesian names, as well as their meanings.

For Boys

  • Abdul – servant of the powerful
  • Adi – first
  • Aditya – names of the Hindu gods who are Aditi’s children
  • Agung – large, great
  • Ahmad – more commendable
  • Ali -sublime, lofty
  • Amir – commander, prince
  • Arif – expert, knowing, learned
  • Bagus – excellent, handsome
  • Bambang – knight
  • Bayu – wind
  • Buana – the world
  • Budi – reason, mind, character
  • Cahaya – light
  • Cahyo – light
  • Darma – duty, good deed
  • Daud – Indonesian for ‘David’
  • Dian – candle
  • Dwi – two, second
  • Eka – one, first
  • Fajar – dawn, morning
  • Guntur – thunder
  • Harta – treasure, wealth, property
  • Hasan – handsome
  • Hidayat -guidance
  • Ibrahim – Indonesian for ‘Abraham’
  • Ilham – inspiration
  • Iman – faith
  • Iskandar – Indonesian for ‘Alexander’
  • Jusuf – Indonesian for ‘Yusuf’
  • Kadek – younger sibling
  • Ketut – small banana (usually given to the fourth child)
  • Komang – meaning unknown (usually given to the third-born)
  • Krisna – Indonesian for ‘Krishna’
  • Kusuma – flower
  • Kuwat – strong
  • Lufti – gentle, kind
  • Made – middle
  • Mahmud – praiseworthy
  • Mansur – victorious
  • Mega – cloud
  • Muhamad – Indonesian for ‘Muhammad’
  • Muhammad – praiseworthy
  • Nur – light
  • Nurul – a light of religion
  • Nyoman – end, remainder
  • Purnama – full moon
  • Putra – son
  • Putu – grandchild
  • Raharjo – plentiful, abundant
  • Rahman – -merciful
  • Raja – king, ruler
  • Ratna – jewel, treasure
  • Reza – love of justice, hope
  • Rizky – blessings
  • Setiawan – loyal friend
  • Slamet – safety
  • Sri – Indonesian for ‘Shri’
  • Suharto – good, wealth, property
  • Surya – sun
  • Tirta – sacred water, place of pilgrimage
  • Wahyu – revelation
  • Wayan – energy, age, strength (Often given to the first-born_
  • Wibawa – authority, power
  • Wira – hero
  • Yuda – war

For Girls

  • Adelia – noble
  • Agnes – chaste, pure, holy
  • Alya – sky, loftiness, heaven
  • Aminah -feeling safe, the name of Muhammad’s mother
  • Annisa – lady
  • Anita – gracious
  • Batari – goddess
  • Bulan – moon
  • Cahaya – light
  • Cinta – love
  • Citra – image
  • Dea – god-given
  • Della – clear
  • Dewi – goddess
  • Dian – divine
  • Dita – happy warfare
  • Dwi – second, two
  • Eka – first, one
  • Elsa – god has sworn
  • Erika – ruler of the law
  • Eva – life
  • Evi – life-giving
  • Fatimah – to abstain (also, it was the name of one of Prophet Muhammad’s daughters)
  • Fitri – purity
  • Hana – bud, blossom
  • Ilham -inspiration
  • Iman – faith
  • Indah – beautiful
  • Intan – diamond
  • Kadek – younger sibling
  • Karina – pure, clean
  • Kartika – the shining star
  • Kasih – love
  • Ketut – small banana
  • Komang – often given to the third born
  • Kusuma – flower
  • Lestari – abiding, eternal
  • Linda – shield of linden wood
  • Made -middle
  • Mawar – rose
  • Mega – cloud
  • Melati – jasmine flower
  • Mutia – generous, liberal
  • Nadia – hope
  • Nanda – full of joy, achiever
  • Nur – light
  • Nurul – a light of religion
  • Nyoman – remainder, end
  • Purnama – full moon
  • Putri – daughter, princess
  • Putu – grandchild
  • Rani – song
  • Ratna – jewel, treasure
  • Ratu – queen
  • Rini – clean
  • Sari – essence
  • Siti – woman
  • Sri – illuminating beauty
  • Tasya – resurrection
  • Theresia – woman working at the harvest
  • Tiara – crown
  • Tika – protector of the people
  • Tirta – a place of pilgrimage, sacred water
  • Tri – three, third
  • Vina – lute
  • Viona – white
  • Wangi – fragrant
  • Wati – woman
  • Wayan – strength, energy, age
  • Winda – hunter
  • Yuli – youthful

The common Indonesian names listed above are just some of the many others in the country. If you travel here, you will learn a whole lot more.

You may have noticed that most of the names are repeated for boys and girls. These are unisex names. In fact, it can be confusing sometimes since a lot of common Indonesian names are unisex in nature. In the end, it will be up to you what you want to name your child and what ‘prayer’ you want for them.

Another thing is the presence of Malay, Arabic, Javanese, Urdu and Bosnian words. This is because of the presence of many different cultures in the country. Aside from that, the official language of Indonesia – the Indonesian language is mainly based on classical Malay. It has also borrowed many words from Arabic, Dutch, Javanese, Portuguese and English.

Common Indonesian Names – Naming System

All in all, there really isn’t a thing such as an ‘Indonesian names’. However, because of the many ethnicities in the country, most names are based on the child’s ethnicity. But nowadays, most of the Indonesian population don’t follow any naming system. It’s not even common to use any last name in this country.

The Indonesian government doesn’t have any law concerning the naming of babies. If you’re in Indonesia, you can name your child just about anything – legally.

Going back to the ethnic groups and their naming systems, some members of these groups follow some rules. This is done to maintain their unique identity. Here are some.

Chinese Indonesian

These people usually have two names: an Indonesian name and a Chinese name. Their common Indonesian names are most often Arabized or Javanized form of their Chinese names. What does this mean? A person who has a Chinese surname ‘Lim’ will have this word included in their Indonesian name. It can be Limanto, Taslim or Salim.

Acehnese

This group is composed of Muslims, so Islamic names are quite common. They don’t have a naming system, but they do have hereditary titles including Teungku, Teuku, Cut and many more.

Malay

Malays most often use native words such as Bintang, Bunga, and Raja alongside Western/Arabic or other language names. Their traditional naming system follows Arabic patronymic – with or without ‘binti’ and ‘bin’.

Minangkabau

They don’t have a specific naming system, but they use Tuanku, Sutan and others as titles. They also have clan names like Koto, Chaniago, Piliang, and Bodi which are only passed down from mother to daughter.

Sundanese

Sundanese likes rhyming names. Their common Indonesian names include Yuyud Wahyudi, Yaya Sunarya, Jajat Sudrajat and many more. For the Sundanese royal family members, they have surnames – often passed down as hereditary.

And that’s it for the common Indonesian names and naming systems of the many ethnic groups present in Indonesia.

Did you like our list? Which Indonesian name was your favourite? And if you had a daughter or a son, which name would you give to him or her?

11 Interesting Arabic Words That Would Make You Appreciate The Language

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The Arabic language is one of the languages that stuck to its roots and had no massive changes throughout its existence. It is widely loved by linguists and historians alike. Aside from its own letters, the language has been one of the languages that paved the way for modern languages, showing influence throughout the world.

The Arabic language is also the 5th most spoken language in the world and is spoken by almost 20 countries till this day.

Arabic Words

In today’s post, we are going to look at the Arabic language and some defining Arabic words that will make you appreciate the language more.

  • Horeeya
  • Noor
  • Saha
  • Marhaba
  • Inshallah
  • Intisaar
  • Najaat
  • Salam A’Alaykom
  • Amal
  • Dam Khafeef
  • Hob

Horeeya

Horeeya might be very close to the term ‘hooray’ that we know and use during victories and cheers. It’s likely to say that this word is where that term came from, but there is no proof since the language is really old. Plus, there is nothing written to back the claim.

Aside from that, the word simply means freedom, which fuels the theory even more. Regardless of the story and the relationship between the language of old and now, this is one of the Arabic words that are still pure in the hearts of every Arab.

Noor

If you ever find yourself lost in the dark with nothing in front of you and nothing to cling to, then you should rely on your family for they are the ‘noor’ – the Arabic term for light.

This ancient word has found its way from the history books and into the modern day language. Although used to describe the light that comes from the sun, this also is a word that has biblical and inspirational meaning, and the Arabic population use it wisely.

Saha

Saha is a really hard word to explain since it is the oldest word that was used for a particular action. This is one of the most popular Arabic words.

Used when someone sneezes, this is the Arabic translation of ‘bless you’ -something we usually say when somebody sneezes violently.

The word ‘saha’ also has another use rather than meaning, and that is when you wish a person good health and prosperity. If you ask us, the word saha is easier to say than bless you either way.

Marhaba

Some people that travel in Arab nations will never forget this word since it is one of the first Arabic words that they hear. Marhaba is a term that would be generally used to welcome a person. It is also a word that can be used as a greeting to fellow Arabs.

What makes this word beautiful is how simple and mundane it is but the feeling you get when you hear it for the first time yourself is simply bliss.

Inshallah

This is a word that is beloved by the Arab people. Mostly used by the elderly, Inshallah is used when you are advising a person to hope. ‘If God is willing’ is what this word means and it is used in more ways than one. If God is willing you will win this game. Or I will forgive you if God is willing.

Intisaar

Another word that inspires a lot of people is Instaar. This word is generally used as a cheer for people who strive to do better in sports. You would hear this screamed at packed stadiums and sports huddles. It is also part of a person’s prayer in the face of a challenge.

Najaat

Following Instaar is Najaat. This word is also another part of every Arabic individual’s life. This is one of their lifetime ambitions – that is to find ‘salvation.’ This is a part of Arabic words that are used primarily in the religious part of Arabic culture and much less used in public settings. What makes this language so beloved is the fact that Arabic families are known to be highly spiritual and God-fearing in nature.

Salam A’Alaykom

If you look at it closely, you would find that this word would be a hard read. But if you take the time and put a little bit of effort to it, then you will have a lovely greeting in your vocabulary.

Salam A’Alaykom is really one of the most defining greetings that would properly introduce you to the Arab culture. When you translate it, it will read ‘peace be upon you.’ If you think that is not endearing, you should pinch yourself. What makes this a fantastic word is how it is used to greet other people in exchange for good mornings and good evenings.

Amal

We have taken a lot of words that are used biblically, and we have learned quite a few. So here is another one of the beautiful Arabic words that would be a fine addition to your Arabic vocabulary – that is ‘hope.’ Amal is a word that can best describe every person who has an Arabic background, they are hopeful and follow their religion with conviction.

Dam Khafeef

While other words have biblical and spiritual translations, some Arabic words would have a much more common and down to earth vibe to them than the others. One of these Arabic words that show more of the humorous side of the Arabs are the words Dam Khafeef.

Dam Khafeef is an Arabic word that translates to light blooded. Now, before you take a step back, this does not mean that the person in question is anemic. No, it is a term that is most commonly used to describe a person who is funny, and easy going. Yes, The Arabs have humour too.

Hob

Throughout every word that you have read in this post, this is the most important among them all. Of course, you already know it. Hob means ‘love’ and nothing changes that.

The Arabic language is one of the hardest languages to learn, but when you invest your time and effort in learning Arabic words, then you would surely realise that it is a beautiful language as well.

8 Australian Sayings That Confuse Non-Australians

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There are so many things to look forward to when visiting Australia. Aside from the breathtaking beaches, the out-of-this-world beers and of course the world famous kangaroos, Australia is a fantastic place to visit.

Another thing that a lot of travellers consider as a plus is that in Australia, the language is English. You don’t have to spend the time to learn certain phrases and terms to make communication achievable.

However, we are here to tell you that even if you consider yourself a master of the English language, you might have a hard time understanding the sayings that are shared in this country.

Australian Sayings

So, here are eight Australian sayings that are commonly used which make no sense to native English speakers.

  • My shout
  • No worries
  • Fit as a Mallee bull
  • Flaming Galah
  • Lower than a snake’s belly
  • You little ripper
  • A face like a dropped pie
  • May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down

My shout

If you have an Aussie friend, chances are, you have heard this phrase a lot after a meal in a restaurant or even a simple chug at the bar. As an English speaker, you might think a lot of things since the phrase makes no sense at all. But you should be glad when an Australian says it because this means, that he or she will pay for the food or drinks.

No worries

This phrase might be the most understandable among the list since it technically means what you understand. No worries is a common term heard all around the corners of Australia and would seem to be a pretty universal one. Translated into multiple meanings like sure, you’re welcome, that’s alright, and don’t worry, the term can be used in multiple scenarios. You might find it useful for your Australian visit, as well.

Fit as a Mallee bull

Eyebrows are sure to frown and crumble when you would find yourself hearing this saying. Aside from the problem of whether this was an accent or not, Mallee bull just has too much L’s and E’s. We don’t even know what a Mallee bull is!

Not to be confused with male bulls, Mallee is a part of Australia that produces beef. Within that location, the cattles and cows are subjected to harsh environments that demand the cattle to be sturdy and tough.

It is a term that is primarily used to describe a fit and in tip-top condition person. Regardless of sex, this term is used freely. It’s the thought that matters really. If ever you find yourself being described as such, then a well deserved flustered blush would do.

Flaming Galah

There are so many Australian sayings and phrases that are used to describe a person in a lighter term. Flaming Galah is one of the Australian sayings that can be used to describe a person who is clumsy or simply just a stupid individual. This term was coined by the famous Alf Stewart in the famous soap opera Home and Away. In this soap opera, the character of Alf Stwart just simply used the term flaming and then added an animal with questionable traits to describe another person. The flaming Galah is one such saying that has become a part of every person’s high-school and college life.

Lower than a snake’s belly

Now, let us take the time off and think of where and how low a snake’s belly is. Now, take your time to think about what this Australian saying means. If you guessed a person with really low moral standings, then you guessed right. A person who is lower than a snake’s belly would be better described as a person with an unpleasant personality. Most of the time, the phrase would be used for people who would sell their soul for money. And keep in mind that no animal in the world has a belly lower than a snake’s.

You little ripper

No, no, no. This saying is not what you think it is. So turn that frown upside down and be delighted because this is the saying that every grandmother would say when she sees her grandchildren.

You little ripper is an expression of endearment and delight. You might have experienced the time when your little cousin or nephew came at you, gave you and told you an adorable story accompanied by their cute voices, that right there is a perfect time to use this saying.

A face like a dropped pie

Insults are generally worldwide, and saying that a person is ugly is one of the many ways to attack a person. To put things in a better perspective, have you ever seen the mess a dropped pie looks like?

That would at least take a few minutes to clean. Imagine that the splattered and messed up pie is your face. If you have a face only a mother could love, then chances are, you might hear this term a few times or two. But you shouldn’t worry since this term is generally used between close friends and relatives. So unless you are really close to a person to spout jokes, then you should not use this saying at all.

May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down

The saying is generally used to wish somebody bad luck. When translated into a more understandable term, the phrase ‘may your chickens be turned into emus and kick your toilet down’ comes out.

Now, you might be overwhelmed by the sudden influx of words you do not know when you hear this, but you should probably try to understand why they would say such awful words.

Breathe in, breathe out. Now you are a step closer to finally calling yourself an Ozzie. This list of Australian sayings is probably one of the best ways to describe the difference between American English, British English and Australian English. We both know that the American English and British English are worlds apart but at arm’s length. The Australian English is the same. You might find yourself overwhelmed by the pronunciations and such, but you will be alright. And now that you have learned some of our secrets, you’ll have an easier time in Australia.

10 Fascinating Maori Legends and Myths: Interesting Stories

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The many Maori legends and myths in New Zealand offer an interesting take on the creation of the Earth and the country’s origin. There are several different stories about nature, gods, mythical creatures and astronomy.

If you love reading stories about a place’s myths and legends, you’ll be in for a real treat. We have listed here ten of the interesting and fascinating Maori legends and myths that are still told today.

Fascinating Maori Legends and Myths

So without further ado, here are ten tales that will show you the rich cultural tradition of New Zealand.

  • Tāne Separating the Sky And The Earth
  • Māui Fishes Up The North Island
  • All About The God Of The Weather – Tāwhirimātea
  • Māngōroa And The Milky Way
  • The Discovery of Wood Carving
  • Ngātoroirangi And His Sisters
  • Taniwha, the Legend
  • The Battle Between The Mountains
  • The Origins of Matariki
  • Paikea, The Original Whale Rider

Tāne Separating the Sky And The Earth

Who is Tāne, you ask?

Tāne is where human life and the entire world originated from. In the local legends, he is given several names depending on his role. However, the most commonly told story which involves Tāne is separating his parents. His parents were the earth mother named Papatūānuku and the sky father named  Ranginui. In doing so, the world became brighter since his parent’s embrace was what caused the world to be in darkness.

Māui Fishes Up The North Island

Among the many Maori legends, this is probably the most famous. If you watched the Moana Disney film, the name Māui might be familiar to you.

However, this character is directly associated with how the country was created. According to the legend, the South Island is Māui’s canoe. The North Island is the fish he caught from the Pacific Ocean while the Steward Island was the anchor of his canoe. Now, isn’t that interesting?

All About The God Of The Weather – Tāwhirimātea

Tāwhirimātea was one of the sons of Papatūānuku and Ranginui. He was the one that separates his parents. One time when he was angry, he asked his children, the four clouds and winds, to go and wreak havoc on Earth. His sons went and destroyed the forests of Tāne with thunderstorms and rains. In the end, however, Tūmatauenga – the ‘god of people’ defeated his sibling.

Māngōroa And The Milky Way

Just like the Polynesian tradition, sharks are seen as guardian spirits in Maori mythology. One of the most famous of these tales is the Te Māngōroa. One of the Maori legends tells of the story of how Māui placed the shark Māngōroa in the sky. Later on, the shark formed the Milky Way as we know today.

The Discovery of Wood Carving

In the Maori tradition, wood carving is very prominent. One of the Maori legends surrounding it is fascinating. During Ruatepupuke’s journey to go and rescue his son, Te Manuhauturuki, he discovered the art form. He found carved posts talking to each other where his son was mounted on the gables of the sea god’s house.

Ngātoroirangi And His Sisters

The tribe of Ngāti Tūwharetoa found in the central North Island has their very own stories explaining how the volcanic plateaus, geysers and mud pools in their area were formed. According to one tale, the high priest Ngātoroirangi and his two sisters – Te Pupu and Te Hoata took fire from the ancestral homeland, Hawaiki, and brought it to New Zealand.

During one of his travels, the high priest discovered Taupōnui-a-Tia and Onetapu. Due to the extreme cold weather, he called out to his two sisters. Te Pupu and Te Hoata then came out from under the earth in the form of fire. This then formed the geothermal attractions found in today’s tourist spots.

Taniwha, the Legend

Think of monsters and supernatural creatures. These are called taniwha in the Maori legends. Some are just like giant lizards while others are like whales and sharks. Until today, many Maori people believe that these creatures still exist – most especially in waterways and rivers.

One of the most well-known taniwha is Tuhirangi. He was the guardian of Kupe as he went on to explore Cook Strait and later on became the first ever Polynesian to have reached the shores of New Zealand.

The Battle Between The Mountains

According to legends, the formation and positioning of mountains in New Zealand were caused by the warfare. During the early years of our planet Earth, Taranaki, Tongariro, Tauhara and Pūtauaki – the four mountain warriors fought one another for the maiden mountain Pihanga’s affection. In the end, Tongariro won, and the defeated mountains went on different ways.

The Origins of Matariki

Matariki is used in two different things: a constellation and the mark of Maori New Year. The constellation is referred to in English as the Pleiades. When translated, Matariki is the ‘eyes of god’. This name came from the myths connected with Tāwhirimātea. When his earth mother and sky father was separated, the weather god was believed to have gouged out his own eyes. He then hurled them up high onto the heavens – thus the name ‘Matariki’.

Paikea, The Original Whale Rider

Ever heard of the novel ‘The Whale Rider’? Yes. I’m talking about the best selling novel of Witi Ihimaera. Did you know that one of the many Maori legends inspired this book?

Paikea, a Maori ancestor once went to New Zealand riding a whale called Tohora. When his brother sank the canoe they were in on, he was sent a whale. Paikea was one of the descendants of Tangaroa, the god of the sea. Time and again, his brother tried to sabotage his trip but failed miserably. Paikea managed to arrive safely in the North Island’s East Cape.

And that’s about it for our storytime today. The Maori legends are quite an interesting bunch to read.

Did you like our list? Which one is your favourite? Do you know of other Maori legends? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you.

203 Ancient Greek Names (And Their Meanings) To Give To Your Baby

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When you take a look at the names of babies nowadays, it’s always the same Peter, Paul, John, Michelle, Abegail or Sarah. If you are bored of the usual names, why not try getting inspiration from the many ancient Greek names?

Most of the names here have taken inspiration from Greek mythology, history and Greek words.

So without further ado, let’s get started with the 203 ancient Greek words for your little baby girl and boy.

Ancient Greek Names

For that reason, we have listed the many beautiful Greek names that you can give to your future bundle of joy. Say goodbye to the common names of today’s world and be more unique. You’re future children will love you for it.

Let’s start with the ancient Greek names for girls that you can give your babies. For a fun twist, make a theme. You can either name all of your children Greek names, swap the masculine and feminine names (just kidding), or start everything with one letter.

Whichever it may be, we hope this long list of ancient Greek names will inspire you to think outside of the box, be more creative and give your little bundle of joy a name that he or she will forever thank you for.

Ancient Greek Names For Girls

What better way to give your baby girl a name than to get from the many ancient Greek names? Here are some of the best that you can use from the letter Z.

  • Zoe – life
  • Thalia – one of the three Graces and the nine muses in mythology
  • Tabatha – Grace
  • Selena/Selene – Moon
  • Seema – Symbol
  • Rhoda – Rose
  • Phyllis – Dear
  • Phaedra – bright
  • Petra – Small rock
  • Penelope – Weaver
  • Pamela – Honeyed
  • Orelle – East
  • Nora – Honor
  • Nicole – Victorious people
  • Nella – Bright one
  • Nefeli – cloud
  • Natasha – Rebirth
  • Nara – Happy
  • Monica – Advisor
  • Millicent – Ambitious
  • Melody – Song
  • Melani – Dark
  • Meagan – Strong
  • Maya – Mother
  • Mariam – Herod’s wife
  • Madge – Pearl
  • Madelia – High tower
  • Lyssa – Noble
  • Lois – Agreeable
  • Lindy – Gentle one
  • Lilah – Lily
  • Lexie – Protector of humankind
  • Lenore – Light
  • Leah – Woman
  • Layna – Truth
  • Lacie – Cheerful
  • Kristen – Anointed
  • Kiersten – Christian
  • Kat – Innocent
  • Karen – Pure
  • Kalika – Rosebud
  • Kaia – Earth
  • Justina – Just
  • Jeno – Heaven
  • Jenesis – Creation
  • Jacinda – Beautiful
  • Ivy – Ivy plant
  • Iria – Rainbow
  • Irene – Peace
  • Ina – Pure
  • Iliana – Bright
  • Idylla – Perfect
  • Hester – Star
  • Helen – Bright one
  • Hatria – Rich
  • Halia – The sun
  • Goldie – Flower
  • Georgeanne – Farmer
  • Gemina – Twin
  • Galena – Healer
  • Finn – Oracle
  • Fauna – Fertility goddess
  • Fannie – Crown
  • Falana – Adoring
  • Ellen – Light
  • Elie – Mercy
  • Electra – Bright
  • Eileen – Light
  • Effie – Pretty face
  • Echo – Nymph
  • Dorothy – Gift from God
  • Dora – A gift
  • Diana – Divine
  • Desa – Pledge
  • Demi – Small
  • Daria – Wealthy
  • Dalia – Bough
  • Cleo – Praise
  • Clarissa – Clear
  • Clara – Bright, shining
  • Chloe – Fertile maiden
  • Celia – Moon
  • Cara – Innocent
  • Calliope – Chief of all muses in Greek mythology
  • Calla – Beautiful
  • Calista – Most beautiful
  • Cadie – Pure
  • Bryony – Vine-like plant
  • Barbara – Foreign
  • Ava – An eagle
  • Aria – Melody
  • Anjelica – Angel
  • Anastasia – Resurrection
  • Alicia – Noble
  • Alexandrea/ Alexandreina – feminine form of Alexander
  • Aleksia – a variant of Alexia; noble and honourable
  • Aileen – Green meadow
  • Agnes – Chaste
  • Agatha – Kind
  • Aegea – Of the Aegean
  • Adrianna – Rich
  • Adara – Beauty

Ancient Greek Names For Boys

On the other hand, here are great ancient Greek names for boys -all masculine and strong names. Let’s start with the letter Z.

  • Xander – Protector
  • Vitalis – Life
  • Vasilios – With royal blood
  • Urion – From heaven
  • Ulysses – The angry one
  • Tyrone – King
  • Tomaso – Twin
  • Titan – Of the giants
  • Timon – Worthy
  • Theo – Divine gift
  • Tassos – Harvester
  • Tadd – Courageous
  • Stavros – Crowned
  • Spiro – Spiral
  • Sirius – Sparkling
  • Santos – Saint
  • Sander – Protector
  • Rastus – The loving one
  • Quinn – Fifth-born child
  • Proteus – Changeable
  • Phoenix – Mystical bird
  • Philip – Horse Lover
  • Pearce – Stone, rock
  • Pancras – All-powerful
  • Owen – Well born
  • Otis – Keen hearing
  • Othello – Acute
  • Orrin – Mountain
  • Orien – The hunter
  • Odysseus – Full of wrath
  • Odell – Ode
  • Obelius – Piller of strength
  • Nyke – Speed
  • Niles – People’s victory
  • Nicos – People’s victory
  • Nicholas – Victorious people
  • Neo – New
  • Moe – Saved
  • Miles – Merciful
  • Maximus – Greatest
  • Mateo – Devoted to God
  • Magus – Magician
  • Leo/Leonidas – Lion
  • Layland – Protector of men
  • Lander – Lion man
  • Kyril – Lordly
  • Kristo – Christ-bearer
  • Kosmos – Order
  • Keelan – Lean
  • Karan – Pure
  • Kal – Most beautiful
  • Julian – Youthful
  • Jorges – Farmer
  • Jerry – Holy
  • Jace – Healer
  • Isidore – The gift of Isis
  • Icarus – Legendary figure
  • Iasonas – Thessalian hero who led the Argonauts during the quest for the golden fleece
  • Homer – Promise
  • Hercules – Exceptionally strong
  • Griffin – Mythological beast
  • Gregory – Watchful
  • Giles – Young goat
  • George – Farmer
  • Flavian – Blonde
  • Felipe – Loves horses
  • Faustus – Lucky
  • Ezio – Eagle
  • Evan – Young warrior
  • Eugene – Born lucky
  • Estevan – Crown
  • Eros – God of love
  • Egan – Little fire
  • Dru – Vision
  • Deo – God-like
  • Dennis – Wild
  • Demitrius – Lover of the earth
  • Deacon – Servant, messenger
  • Darius – Wealthy
  • Damen/Damian/Damianos – Divine power
  • Cy – Proud
  • Corban – A gift devoted to God
  • Constantine – Constant
  • Cole – People’s victory
  • Claus – People’s victory
  • Cicero – Historian
  • Christophe – Christ-bearer
  • Calix – Handsome
  • Caesar – Long-haired, Julius Caesar
  • Bemus – Platform
  • Belen – Arrow
  • Basil – King-like
  • Athanasios – Immortal
  • Ares – Greek God of war
  • Apolo – manly
  • Alesandro/Alexander – Mankind’s protector
  • Aeneas – praising
  • Aegeus – protector
  • Adrian – Wealthy
  • Adonis – Aphrodite’s’ love
  • Achilles – Hero from The Iliad

Have you made your choice? Which one is your favourite? Which one did you not like? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you guys!

As you may have noticed, a lot of the names are inspired by Greek mythology or the Greek language itself. With these many impressive Greek names, maybe it’s time to choose one that will suit your baby and avoid the usual common names used today.

If you did end up choosing a name for your child from our list, comment down below to let us know!

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Khmer Phrases: Useful and Helpful Cambodian Words For Travellers

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When you want to learn a new language, you have to be prepared to give it your all. You need to have the perseverance, hard work and determination to push further.

If you often travel, you might not need to practice or learn it enough to be fluent. All in all, these things don’t matter. But knowing a few Khmer phrases and Cambodian words will help make your travels easier. It will help you get the right directions and order the right food.

Which is why, in this article, we have put together the different Khmer phrases to help you in your travels in Cambodia.

Basic Khmer Phrases To Know

Cambodia’s official language is Khmer. It’s not pronounced as ‘Kimer’ but as ‘Khe-my’. Just by looking at the Khmer script, you might have a hard time understanding the language, but we’re here to tell you that’s it’s easy to pick up. How come? Unlike other languages, Khmer doesn’t have a lot of tones and grammar rules.

  • Turn Right – Baht Saddam
  • Turn Left – Baht Schweng
  • Stop – Chop
  • Go Straight – Da Trong
  • Hello – Chom Reap Sour (formal) or Susadei (informal)
  • How Are You / I Am Fine – Soksaby
  • Goodbye – Chom Reap Lear (Formal) or Lee Hi (Informal)
  • Yes – Bah (Male) or Jah (Female)
  • No – Ot The
  • Thank you – Arkun
  • Excuse Me or Sorry – Som Dtoh
  • How Much? – Bo Man
  • Too Expensive – T’lay

Phonetics

Before we get started, you need to have a basic understanding of the phonetics of the Khmer language.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The words written with ‘ai’ is pronounced like a long ‘i’ (imagine ‘lie’) but with an ‘e’ sound at its ending.
  • ‘Aa’ is just like the a in ‘lather’. Only more drawn out.
  • The ‘dt’ combination, on the other hand, sounds like what you’ll hear between the ‘d’ and ‘t’ sounds.
  • You have to pronounce the ‘uo’ like a sound that’s between a ‘u’ in the word ‘gun’ and an ‘o’ in the word ‘go’.
  • The combinations ‘j’ and ‘ch’ are pretty similar.
  • Don’t get confused with ‘knyohm’. It’s simply pronounced as ‘koon-yohm’ – only faster.

Now that’s sorted out, the Khmer phrases you definitely have to learn are:

Directions

First things first, to help you avoid getting lost, Khmer phrases for asking directions is pretty essential.

Turn Right – Baht Saddam

Pronounced as bart sadam

This is a handy Khmer phrase to know when you are getting around the country.

Turn Left – Baht Schweng

Pronounced as bart shweng

Not only should you know the ‘right’ way, but you also need to learn how to say ‘left’. You wouldn’t want to be left and lost, right?

Stop – Chop

Pronounced the same as chop

Ask your transportation to stop by using this Khmer word. Add in ‘som’ (please) to make it more polite.

Go Straight – Da Trong

Pronounced as da trong

Not everything is left or right. There are times when you have to also go straight.

Greetings

The first thing you do when you meet someone new is to greet him or her a good morning, or say hello, right? This is most often how friendships start. Learn a few Khmer phrases on greetings to make that possible.

Hello – Chom Reap Sour (formal) or Susadei (informal)

Pronounced as chom -reap-sore and soos-a-day respectively

The Cambodian culture is very much a respectful one. Always say hello formally to elders and those who have a high social standing. On the other hand, use the informal hello when it comes to greeting friends. It is often accompanied by ‘sampeah’ – a Cambodian greeting or a way of being respectful.

How Are You / I Am Fine – Soksaby

Pronounced as soks-a-bye

In Cambodia, this one word means two different things. What’s more shocking is that it is both the question and the answer. ‘Soksaby’ both means ‘how are you’ and ‘I am fine’. Crazy right?

Goodbye – Chom Reap Lear (Formal) or Lee Hi (Informal)

Pronounced as chom-reep-lear and lee-hi respetively

Again, just like hello, the Khmer phrases for goodbye has it’s formal and informal tones. Use the formal one for situations where you have to show respect. Do not forget to smile.

Yes – Bah (Male) or Jah (Female)

Pronounced as bah and chaa respectively

If you’re curious as to what the ‘bah, bah, bah, bah, bah’ are spoken by most men and ‘chaa, chaa, chaas’ are spoken by women, we’ll answer them today! It’s the Khmer translation for the English word ‘yes’. This is usually said several times, unlike the English counterpart.

No – Ot The

Pronounced as ot-tei

Unlike the Khmer word for yes, the Khmer for ‘no’ is only one word. There’s no difference whether a man or a woman says it. When you want to turn down some of the persistent ‘tuk tuk’ drivers, learning this word is a must. Saying no in their native language will make it clear that you really mean ‘no’.

Thank you – Arkun

Pronounced as as-koon

No matter where you are in the world, it is good to learn to always be thankful. Don’t forget to be polite and smile.

Excuse Me or Sorry – Som Dtoh

Pronounced as som-toe

This is one of the Khmer phrases that you need to know. It will come in handy when you did something wrong to someone who can’t speak English.

Sincerely apologise by saying ‘som dtoh’.

Shopping

Of course, when you’re in Cambodia, you shouldn’t forget to buy souvenirs for friends and families back at home or maybe just for yourself. Here are some useful Khmer phrases when you are shopping around the country.

How Much? – Bo Man

Pronounced as bow-man

Know how to bargain by knowing first the price of the product of your choice. It will provide you with a lot of rewards and better prices.

Too Expensive – T’lay

Pronounced as t-lay

Haggle with the locals especially when you really think that the prices are too expensive. However, do keep in mind that you shouldn’t haggle too much. After all, this is their livelihood. So stop haggling when you think the price given to you is just about right.

And that’s about it for the useful Khmer phrases to know when travelling to Cambodia. Did you like our list? Which one’s your favourite?

8 Of The Most Common Thai Names and Their Meanings

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We all wish the best for our children. Any loving parent would always take a long time to find the right name for his or her future son or daughter. Some would even go to the extent of going to the internet and look for names that would have appropriate meanings that they all want to imbue on their kids like kindness, understanding, a ray of light and things that are alike.

It is because of these small, simple, and charming gesture that we have looked into the most common Thai names that have wholesome meanings.

Most Common Thai Names and Their Meanings

  • Somchai
  • Malee
  • Paithoon
  • Chakrii
  • Arthit
  • Anong
  • Duangkamol
  • Preeda

Somchai

A lot of parents would do anything for their children. Their only wish in exchange for that is for them to acknowledge their worth. For simple kids, it is hard for them to comprehend how precious they are and how much of a treasure they are to their parents. So the Thai people gave birth to the name Somchai.

Somchai is one of the masculine Thai names which mean ‘man of worth’. As the name suggests, it is a name that can be used to remind a person of their potential. Truly inspirational when you think about it. If you were given that name, you’d be reminded of your worth everytime someone calls your name.

Malee

There are so many different approaches to naming a baby. Some would take time to find a name. Others would already have it even when the baby is not yet conceived. And a small portion would find the name suitable for the baby as soon as they hear the baby’s first cry.

The parents who do the latter would oftentimes come up with the simplest of Thai names, but one of the purest. Malee is a female name that would roughly translate to ‘flower’. A very simple name with a lot of amazing meanings. It shows how much of a beauty the child is to her parents.

Paithoon

Paithoon might sound weird for you since the name identically sounds like that of a deadly snake, but you might be in for a surprise. Mostly used as a name for a person who is keen and has amazing and impressive eyesight, this is a name that roughly translates to ‘cat’s eye.’ It is a name fitting for a spotter and a person who has a penchant for observation.

This name also has different meanings depending on the region that you are in. Regardless of that, the name is given to a person who has a talent for observation. The name is one of the very rare unisex Thai names which means that it can be the name of either male or female.

Chakrii

One of the simple yet, impactful names around Thailand is Chakrii. This name has a certain exclusivity to it since it translates to ‘king.’ Back then this was a name that only the royals or people with high societal standings could use without a problem.

If ever you named your child Chakrii when you are a poor family, your whole family would become a laughing stock. But thankfully Thailand has grown out of that stigma and moved on into giving more freedom and less judgement towards a family. The name would simply translate to ‘King’ but if you give it more thought, it could be fully understood as ‘A man who will one day be king.’ It is a bit cringy now that you have given it a thought, but king probably is the most epic name you could name your son.

Arthit

Thailand is home to a lot of amazing cultures, fables, religion and people. One of the Thai names that reflect all of these is Arthit. This male name originated from the Thai word ‘Man of the Sun’ – a throwback to their religion and their history. To give you a wider perspective, Thailand has a God named Surya who identifies himself as a male deity. He who holds two lotus buds in his raised hands to evoke the life-affirming power of the sun.

There are so many epics about the Sun God’s sons. The name ‘Arthit’ signifies that your son was a gift from the Gods as well. Another rough translation for this is hardworking, persistent, and strong.

Anong

Another simple and self-explanatory name that means more than it lets on is the feminine name Anong. Anong is a name that is derived from the Thai word ‘gorgeous.’ Surely enough, there are so many females that adore this name since they really have to live up to it. They are always reminded of their beauty and take good care of themselves.

A lot of people do not know this, but the effects of a name to a person who owns it is immeasurable. A person whose name means kindness will surely be kind and understanding. And that idea translates well with this Thai name as well.

Duangkamol

‘The most amazing things come from the heart’, as the people say. Everybody appreciates things that were made from the heart. Whether it be cooking, making cards, gifts and anything else, a simple gesture that came from the heart is worth more than that of gold. And that is what this name is. The name literally means ‘from the heart’ and once again serves as a reminder of what the bearer means to his or her parents.

Preeda

Parents would always smile at the idea of making their baby giggle and laugh. The name Preeda is given to female children whom their parents wish would be a joyful individual in the future. Again the name was kept simple to remind the child of what she should be. The meaning is also vague enough that it can be interpreted in multiple ways.

There are so many outstanding names around the world that would surely fit your precious son or daughter. It’s finding the right one that is important. Always remember that a name should not only be a name to call a person by, but it could also be a reminder of who they are, who they are supposed to be, or how important and loved they are by their parents. It could be as simple as a certain phrase or even a mixture of the parents’ names. It is all up to you in the end.

8 Spanish Swear Words That You Should Look Out For

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When you are visiting a certain country, the worst thing that would happen to you is get in trouble with the locals and stir something up. Nobody would want that to happen, not when they are doing their best to be absorbed in the country that they are in.

Spanish Swear Words

Most people who learned the Spanish language tend to practice it in the place where the language is spoken. There, they try to communicate with the locals to see how far they have progressed with the language. A person who wishes to speak fluent Spanish would go out of their way to say every word in the Spanish vocabulary except for a few. Here are some Spanish swear words that you should never say when in Spain.

  • Joder
  • Me importa un Pepino
  • Tu Puta Madre en Bicicleta
  • Pendejo
  • Gilipollas
  • Hijo de las Mil Putas
  • Vete a Freír Espárragos
  • Que te Folle un Pez

Joder

Let’s start with the more tolerable ones. Joder is a phrase that you would always hear when you are in Spain. It is used in different kinds of exclamations and expressions and if used right, might be enough to incite violence. Roughly translated as ‘fuck’, it is used in multiple scenarios and can fit in different sentences. It’s a very interesting word, but it might be a landmine for Spanish language learners.

Me importa un Pepino

Say this sentence twice. Take your time. Now that you have finished giggling, this swear word is still in the more tolerable side of swearing, but it still would cause you trouble if misused. When translated roughly this swear word would mean ‘my Manhood is important’, but that is just the rough translation of it. The real translation for this swear word is ‘I don’t give a cucumber’ a more watered down version of ‘I don’t give a fuck’ but has the same implications. As a tourist, however, you might want to move away from even using this since you really should care about stuff.

Tu Puta Madre en Bicicleta

Now, while there are more quaint and easier ways to decline or turn down an offer violently, this phrase was not really made for the faint of hearts. While other countries strive to create insults that are hurtful and threatening, you can trust the Spanish people to develop such an insult so creative it would make you chuckle. ‘Tu puta madre en bicicleta’ is a standing proof that the world needs to up their game when it comes to insults. When translated, this means ‘Your whore mother on a bike.’ Hearing this insult will surely take people aback when used. But as the upstanding person you are, let’s just pray that you don’t get into an altercation where you have to use this foul insult.

Pendejo

We all have that friend who is scared of simple things that we are originally supposed to be accustomed to. Regardless of age, there are still people who have different simple phobias like the thunder during the storm or even the darkness. The Spanish language has a degrading term for people who are scared of such trivial things, and that is pendejo. It is mostly thrown at people who are cowards or wimps. The word has taken a lot more meaning and would be thrown around alongside the insults like an idiot and ugly between friends.

Gilipollas

While we throw the words idiot, stupid, and even mentally challenged claims around, you can trust the Spanish people to spice it up a little bit more. Gilipollas is the term that is often used during serious and meaningful quarrels. It’s the kind of word that an irate person would use to notify the other party that they are not joking around any more and that they are being serious.

When translated the word ‘gilipollas’ means ‘stupid dick.’ Looking at it from our perspective, it kind of sounds funny and the meaning in itself is hilarious. But in certain parts of the Spanish speaking countries, when this word is brought out, you would certainly feel the change in the atmosphere.

Hijo de las Mil Putas

Before we continue, we really have to point out one thing that the Spanish speaking people have over the world. Their obnoxious creativity when it comes to inflicting pain and their knowledge to know where it hurts the most.

We all have that obsolete respect for our mothers, the person who loved, cared and put everything on hold to provide you with the care you more than deserve. That is why this next one is known to be the epitome of the Spanish creative and hurtful insults. ‘Hijo de las Mil Putas’ takes your standard ‘son of a bitch’ and gives it an additional boost of hurt and you end up with an insult that can be roughly translated to ‘son of a thousand prostitutes.’ Surprisingly enough this insult had gone down from its hurtful pedestal and has now been generally used for a person who is irritating.

Vete a Freír Espárragos

We all have those days where we do not want any kind of human interaction. Those days where you simply want arguments to end with a bang with you walking and not looking back at the explosion. The term that would best suit that is the insult ‘Go fuck yourself.’ It is an insult that can stop a person on his tracks. While the English speaking countries have this to work with, the Spanish language has a more amusing yet surprisingly insulting word. That is ‘go fry asparagus.’

Que te Folle un Pez

Now that you are aware of the insults that the Spanish people spout in their daily lives, surely enough this next selection would not surprise you by now. ‘Que te Folle un Pez’ simply means ‘I hope you get fucked by a fish’. Pretty simple, right? We are pretty sure that the damage the person on the receiving end would feel a whole lot more with that.

There are a lot more creative and offending words that a common Spaniard knows. And being a person who is visiting the country, you should be more respectful. Never use these kinds of insults towards a local.

This article was created for you to be aware of the words when they are used towards you.