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When it rains heavily, cats and dogs are falling from the sky in English (Raining cats and dogs).
In German, thumbs are pressed to wish good luck (Daumen drücken).
In France, on the other hand, you should turn your tongue seven times before speaking (Il faut tourner sept fois sa langue dans sa bouche avant de parler).
These expressions might not make sense to foreigners, but are in fact just typical expressions of each language.
In “Bel Paese” dogs and cats will never fall down from the sky when it rains, but the rain is “a catinelle” (as if someone would pour water from the sky).
You cross your fingers to wish good luck (without pressing your thumbs) and count up to 10 before speaking (without turning your tongue like French people).
Each language has its own idioms, fascinating linguistic expressions that represent a unique combination of history, culture and tradition.
In fact, the past of a people hides in every word, every phrase, and every idiomatic expression.
Four letters known all over the world, exported from the Bel Paese is now a symbol of Italy.
The greeting has been part of the Italian language since the twentieth century. Today, it is used tens of times a day in an informal and friendly way and even if many do not know it, the most interesting thing about this word is its origins. Read More