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I suspect some of the phrases we(Americans)use that may not be readily understood by foreigners:

Here's a few that come to mind...

- Piece of cake
- It's not rocket science
- Shooting the breeze
- Break a leg
- Ballpark figure
- For the birds
- Behind the eight ball
- Monday morning quarterbacking
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I suspect some of the phrases we(Americans)use that may not be readily understood by foreigners:

Here's a few that come to mind...


My daughter has lived in Paris for 13-1/2 years. One day she and French friend (who is also fairly fluent in English—but French works best for them) were talking about this kind of phrase to see if there were any shared by the 2 languages. Her friend came up with with examples in French, and my daughter in (American) English. They actually did find a few that were similar and a number that were totally unique. I wish I could remember them at this point. There were some wonderful ones.

=sheila
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I wonder if any of these were on their similar list?

- Money talks and BS walks
- You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk
- Better late than never
- Bite the bullet
- Costs an arm and a leg
- Kill two birds with one stone
- Call it a day

I wrote these down on a napkin throughout the day (that was fun).
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I wonder if any of these were on their similar list?

I don't think so, but I'll see if she remembers.

I know one of them was "if pigs could fly." The French embody that concept with "if hens had teeth."

So you made a "back of the napkin" list. More informal than BOTE (back of the envelope).

=sheila
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