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1. A Romanian is not “surprised”…his “face has fallen off” (I-a picat fața).

2. A Romanian didn’t just “do so much with so little” … he “made a whip out of shit” (Face din
rahat bici).
3. A Romanian won’t “lose temper” … his “mustard will jump off” (Îi sare muștarul).
4. A Romanian hasn’t just “screwed up” … he “threw his boogers in the beans” (A dat cu muciin fasole).
5. A Romanian won’t “try to fool you” … he’ll “throw vapours at you” (Te aburește).
6. Nor will he “lie to you” … he’ll “sell you doughnuts” (Vinde gogoși).
7. A Romanian doesn’t “suddenly get it” … his “coin drops” (Îi pică fisa).
8. A Romanian is not “extremely tired” … he’s “cabbage.” His life is not “chaotic” … it’s
“cabbage.” And his room is not “a complete mess” … it’s also “cabbage” (Varză).
9. A Romanian doesn’t simply deem an effort “useless” … he says it’s “a rub on a wooden leg”
(Frecție la picior de lemn).
10. You don’t “drive a Romanian nuts” … you “take him out of his watermelons” (Îl scoți din
11. A Romanian will not have “the impostor syndrome” … he will “feel with the fly on his cap”
(Se simte cu musca pe căciulă).
12. In Romania, things are not “far away” … they’re “at the devil’s mother” (La mama naibii).
13. A Romanian is not “crazy” … he’s “gone on a raft” (Dus cu pluta).
14. A Romanian won’t tell you to stop “wasting time” … he’ll tell you to stop “rubbing the mint”
(Freca menta).
15. A Romanian won’t say that something is “cool” … he’ll say it’s “concrete” (Beton).
16. A Romanian is not “nervous” … he “has a carrot (in his ass)” (Are un morcov în fund).
17. A Romanian doesn’t just “keep quiet” … he “keeps quiet like the pig in a corn field” (Tace
ca porcu-n păpușoi).
18. As a Romanian you don’t “fool yourself” … you “get drunk with cold water” (Te îmbeți cu
apă rece).

23.19. 22. A Romanian will not look at you “confused” … he will “stare like the crow at the bone” (Ca cioara la ciolan). 24. 20. 21. A Romanian won’t “call it quits” … he’ll “stick his feet in” (Își bagă picioarele). . A Romanian is not “a drunkard” … he’s “a blotting paper” (Sugativă). A Romanian doesn’t have “unusual ideas” … he has “a curly mind” (Minte creață). A Romanian hasn’t been “scammed” … he “took a spike” (A luat țeapă). A Romanian is not “stupid” … he’s “a Venice bush” (Tufă de Veneția).