5 For­eign Words and Cul­tural Idioms that May Come in Handy

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IN AUS­TRALIA… TOO EASY

no prob­lem, done, of course, got it

IN SPANISHSPEAKING COUN­TRIES… TIPO

like, same as, sim­i­lar; es­pe­cially when paired with pan­tomime and wild ges­tic­u­la­tion

IN CANADA… EH

uni­ver­sal punc­tu­a­tion; works as a full stop, ques­tion mark, and ex­cla­ma­tion mark

IN NEW ZEALAND… SWEET AS

all good, okay; an in­her­ently pos­i­tive con­fir­ma­tion

WHEN ENGLISH IS SPO­KEN THROUGH A SWEDISH FIL­TER… BRUCE LEE

a griz­zly bear; crit­i­cal in coun­tries where the al­pha preda­tor is the size of a VW Beetle and bristling with teeth and claws. If you hear “Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee, BRUCE LEE!” you might want to go for your ghost-pep­per­in­fused bear spray, in­stead of prep­ping your duck­face for a selfie.

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