German = Deutsch

Proverbs German (Deutsch) is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and (co-)official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein; it is also an official, but not majority language of Luxembourg. One of the major languages of …

Estonian

Photo: Jaagumae Cafeteria, Tartu Estonian is the official language of Estonia, spoken natively by about 1.1 million people: 922,000 people in Estonia and 160,000 outside Estonia. It belongs to the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family. Estonian English Spanish Tere Hello Hola NägemiseniNägemist Goodbye Adios Tere hommikust good morning Buenos dias Tere päevast good …

Australia Slang

Word cloud Even a drongo can use a dongle! Traveler Tip: If you are uncertain about a particular expression or word, just say, ‘Hang on a moment, I’m not quite sure what you’re on about.’ HeadlinesDecoding coronavirus slang – ABC Featured Words Top Faves: Waddaya reckon?Arvo = Afternoon As fit as a mallee bull = …

Afrikaans

Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and Namibia. It is a West Germanic language and a daughter language of Dutch, originating in its 17th century dialects. While the number of total speakers of Afrikaans is unknown, estimates range between 15 and 23 million. Lekker dat jy die taal probeer praat! = Nice that you tried …

Kahu huruhuru

Lingo Cards It’s fun to learn the Māori language. Kahu huruhuru = Feather cloak Huruhuru = Feather Kahu = Cloak NewsworthyIn the news because Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore the kahu to Buckingham Palace for a dinner hosted by the Queen of England to celebrate the Commonwealth. Elsewhere on the WebMāori treasure kahu huruhuru (feather …

Death Notebook

Photo: Ayöök Ceramics, Postcard Fave quotes about death and dying A colleague of mine described Día de los Muertos as ‘the only time during the year when the veil that separates our world from the next is lifted.’– Joshua Berman, Día de los Muertos: What I’ve learned about Day of the Dead (so far) Haere! …

How to be a Responsible Traveler

Photo: Ron and Zoe Travel around the globe continues to mature and offer options for travelers wishing their journeys to be as eco-friendly, people-friendly, and place-friendly as possible. While there are few standard definitions used by locals and visitors alike, most travelers simply want to have a good trip that causes no harm and most locals …