I'm Danish and was travelling from Malmö til Stockholm (Sweden) by train. Some dude got up to get off at the next station but and forgot his backpack on the seat. I yelled at him "Hey, din taske!" Which means "Hey, your bag!" in Danish. Unfortunately Danish and Swedish are slightly different languages so all the Swedish passengers heard what would roughly translate to "Hey, you dick!".

Luckily most people know of those little differences and the only offended people were a couple who looked like they were 80 years old. The rest of the carriage laughed and the guy got his bag.


"Cook" in Dutch is "kok" which is pronounced "cock". A friend of mine once tried to "thank the cock for the nice meal" at a restaurant.

A co-worker of my dad's name is Dick de Cock, which is a perfectly normal name in the Netherlands. However, when he got a promotion and suddenly had to travel all over the world, he got a lot of weird looks.

There's also a book called "I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart and from my wife's bottom as well" about Dutch people in English speaking countries, but I have yet to read it.


Important distinction to make when learning Russian.

"Kak popast v...?" means "How do I get to...?"
"Kak napast v...?" means "How do I attack...?"

Keep this in mind when asking directions from cops.

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