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Old June 22nd, 2012, 09:30 PM   #3681
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exactly what the Swiss want
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 10:17 PM   #3682
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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?
Flash? To cut the dash?
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 10:20 PM   #3683
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I'll bet you do!
(Sorry, couldn't resist. I myself picked up 1000 Years of Annoying the French at a used-book sale recently. Haven't read it yet....)
Damn! I bought in in Paris (just one more way to annoy them) and lost it somewhere in West Brom.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 10:23 PM   #3684
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It's true that Protestantism is more 'capitalistically' oriented than Catholicism and give more importance to hard working and personal success.
However Catholicism believes in a divine justice after death (opposite to the Calvinistic ideal of the predestination) so moral behavior should be important.
Off course certain Catholic clergymen did and still are doing nasty things, but that's another story.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 10:23 PM   #3685
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Flash? To cut the dash?
Flash is quite different, its Italian equivalent could be "ostentare". You "flash" when you're rich, or beautiful, and do whatever to show.

"Fare una bella figura" not necessarily involves luxury or showing things. Sometimes you can also be humble and modest and still make a "bella figura".

I must admit I never heard "cut the dash"...
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 10:32 PM   #3686
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exactly what the Swiss want
On the Swiss side I've driven the access road from Martigny 3 times during my short vacation in Orsières. It's a decent 1+1 or 1+2 road, except for the crossing of one town and couple too tight roundabouts. Other villages are mostly bypassed.

The problem is mainly on the Italian side with some very tight curves, though tunnels bypassing couple of them + new road bypass of two villages/cottages are under construction.

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On a side note, I was quite sad to realize they have extended the 100km/h zone on A5 further down the valley... It was a breeze to drive 130km/h on those tunnels.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 10:34 PM   #3687
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I know "cut a dash" (not "the dash")

But it's old-fashioned. I had to think about it for a second.

Only dictionary definitions I can find in 15 seconds on Google go back to 1848 and 1913.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 11:03 PM   #3688
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Damn! I bought in in Paris (just one more way to annoy them) and lost it somewhere in West Brom.
I had a book on me once about an Englishman living in France for one year. It's called 'one year in the merde' French customs who checked on me were particularly interested in that book...
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 01:22 AM   #3689
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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 23rd, 2012, 11:39 AM   #3690
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"Ok"

Ecco, lo vedi che ci vuole poco a rispondere in inglese?

Translation: "as you can see, it's not so hard to speak English!"
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 12:43 PM   #3691
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Ecco, lo vedi che ci vuole poco a rispondere in inglese?

Translation: "as you can see, it's not so hard to speak English!"
Look, you see that it's wanted few time at to answer in english?
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 12:48 PM   #3692
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 01:22 PM   #3693
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I had a book on me once about an Englishman living in France for one year. It's called 'one year in the merde' French customs who checked on me were particularly interested in that book...
Happyness is made of small details.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 12:52 PM   #3694
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Old June 27th, 2012, 12:54 PM   #3695
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Southbound direction isn't complete yet, but I guess it's a matter of months.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 01:20 PM   #3696
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So in the leftmost lane you must drive between 90-100 km/h?
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Old June 27th, 2012, 01:39 PM   #3697
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The "100" sign is just temporary, put there only for the duration of the works. That said, I have seen such "100" signs on A14 south of Ancona, more than a year after the enlargement works were completed...
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Old June 27th, 2012, 06:58 PM   #3698
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My dream would be to have 2x3 on A14 extended all the way to San Salvo.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 06:59 PM   #3699
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Not gonna happen, at least in this century...
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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:13 PM   #3700
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In the next century we will be flying, not driving.
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