From Amourette to Zal: Bizarre and Beautiful Words from Europe
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From Amourette to Zal: Bizarre and Beautiful Words from Europe : (For When English Just Won't Do)

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Fjaka: the sublime state of aspiring to do absolutely nothing.
Warmduscher: a `warm showerer', meaning a bit of a wimp.
Tener mano izquierda: literally `to have a left hand'; to be skilfully persuasive.

For all the richness of the English language there are some nuances that other languages capture much better, whether it's a phrase that beautifully articulates a feeling, a wonderfully understated insult that just hits the spot, or a curious idiom. From the melancholic to the funny to the downright peculiar, From Amourette to Zal takes us on a fascinating journey around Europe in twelve languages, celebrating our cultural similarities and differences along the way.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19.05mm | 308.44g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None ed.
  • 0750987731
  • 9780750987738
  • 667,105

About Alex Rawlings

Alex Rawlings was crowned Britain's most multilingual student in 2012 and is fluent in 15 languages. He has lived in five different countries and acts as a language ambassador, representing the UK globally and organising the annual worldwide Polyglot Conference. He has previously written `How to Speak Any Language Fluently' (Little Brown).
Alex is currently Language Learner in Residence at award-winning language start-up Memrise.
He lives in North London.
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