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Old June 20th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #3641
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And people in the land of Walnut where filled with joy...
LOL, now you understand why we are mocked abroad?
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 11:58 PM   #3642
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When did the Kingdom of Two Sicilies switch to the imperial units?

Anyway please don't post anything translated into English with Google. Nobody would understand anything.
Sorry, but is to make faster...

You understand the rest?
this is important.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:16 PM   #3643
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Sì, ma ci fai fare una figura di merda come italiani! E visto che già gli stereotipi su di noi si sprecano, sarebbe il caso di impegnarsi un minimo (non si richiede la perfezione) o evitare proprio, non credi? D'altra parte nessuno ti obbliga a postare nei thread internazionali.

Non c'è niente di peggio dell'inglese maccheronico e delle traduzioni letterali o di Google.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:19 PM   #3644
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English only on here...
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:27 PM   #3645
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English only on here...
He said that Brick 84 gave a bad reputation to Italians and make stereothypes stronger. Nothing is worse than a Google translation of a macaronic English. No one is forced to post on the international forum.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:37 PM   #3646
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No, no, no..
He said:

Yes, but we do make a figure of shit like Italian! And since we already stereotypes are wasted on us, we should commit to a minimum (does not require perfection) or avoid their own, do not you think? On the other hand, nobody forces you to post in threads international.

There's nothing worse than literal translations of English and pidgin or Google.

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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:46 PM   #3647
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"Figure of shit" should be welcomed into English language with open arms
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:51 PM   #3648
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Yes, I actually like that one...
Is figura di merda a common expression in Italy?
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:53 PM   #3649
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"Figure of shit" should be welcomed into English language with open arms
LOL, I must forward the posts above to some of my friends who study at the faculty of interpreters and translators. They would laugh for sure.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:53 PM   #3650
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Yes, I actually like that one...
Is figura di merda a common expression in Italy?
Yes, very common. Whenever you're embarrassed in front of an audience for doing or saying something stupid or ridiculous, you did a figura di merda
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:53 PM   #3651
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By the way, English translations from French on Google are near perfect...
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:55 PM   #3652
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“The transponder’s personalised signal would be picked up when the car passed through an intersection, and then relayed to a central computer which would calculate the charge according to the intersection and the time of day and add it to the car’s bill” - Nobel Economics Prize winner William Vickrey, proposing a system of electronic tolling for the Washington metropolitan area, 1959
In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:56 PM   #3653
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By the way, English translations from French on Google are near perfect...
Translations into English are also good. But I found out that translations into Italian always pass through English (for instance German->Italian is done by translating German->English and then English-Italian)
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:00 AM   #3654
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Ha!
Did you hear about the Italian that went to Malta?
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:12 AM   #3655
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There is also this one:
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 01:27 AM   #3656
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English only on here...
Sorry! I wrote in Italian just to make brick84 understand more clearly.
I don't know how good does he speak English, but the fact he's constantly using Google Translate suggests me he finds it hard, so I spoke to him in Italian.
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ci fai fare una figura di merda
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Traslation: "you make an ass of ourselves"

Literally "figura di merda" it's "shitty figure", or "shitty impression".


It's a very common expression in Italy. To say it in a more elegant way, you can use the expression "brutta figura" ("sorry figure", "ugly impression").

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Old June 22nd, 2012, 09:44 AM   #3657
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"bella figura" is an expression which cannot be literally translated and speaks volumes about the italian culture, a culture where the appearance is much more important than the substance and where what others think of you is more important than what you think of you
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"bella figura" is an expression which cannot be literally translated and speaks volumes about the italian culture, a culture where the appearance is much more important than the substance and where what others think of you is more important than what you think of you
Simpler translation: doesn't mind how many thousands of euros of debts you have, the most imporant things in the life is having a SUV and Armani or Gucci clothes (with the brand in big letters).
Seriously, there is no English expression to say bella or brutta figura? Is impression the most used word for that?
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 10:30 AM   #3659
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There is another good video about Italy in Europe

http://youtu.be/ZAJNFoHuLno
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 11:06 AM   #3660
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Simpler translation: doesn't mind how many thousands of euros of debts you have, the most imporant things in the life is having a SUV and Armani or Gucci clothes (with the brand in big letters).
Seriously, there is no English expression to say bella or brutta figura? Is impression the most used word for that?
no, there is not. nor in any other language I am aware of.

It's a 100% italian concept

Any more-or-less likely translations do not really capture the italian concept
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