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1. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 9y

The Lonely Planet phrasebook I used last summer, travelling through Russia, has a hilarious section on 'romance'. With pickup lines and everything. I mean, really: if you approach a girl at a club in Moscow, phrasebook in hand, what chance do you have? (The Japanese phrasebook is worse: they have the translation for "Will you marry me?" That's not a question you want to ask using a phrasebook, surely.)

Anyways, I thought there might be a few travellers out there with some interesting stories to share about dating locals on their trips (or trying to).

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I know, I had a few giggles at my one as well with such classics as "I'm sorry, I can't get it up" and "That's okay, I'll do it myself"

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I have only dated the ones, who spoke English.
I dont like dating people, I cant speak with fluently.

Mel

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

: "I'm sorry, I can't get it up" and "That's okay, I'll do it myself"

Were these in the dating section?

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

This reminds me of Monty Python's Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook.

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I once asked a girl if she wanted to "have sex with me".

She swiftly hit me over the head with her newspaper.

To this day I have no idea what my simple phrase translated to for her to act in such an aggressive manner.

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

(The Japanese phrasebook is worse: they have the translation for "Will you marry me?" That's not a question you want to ask using a phrasebook, surely.)

No. It's for the opposite. It's so you know when a Japanese girl is asking you (the foreigner) to marry her. Which is allot more frequent that you might imagine.

But some phrasebooks etc (there are also a section of free fold out maps found in hostels in major cities in Europe that i can't for the life of me remember the series name of, who have some wonderful phrases - and not just on dating) have absolutely brilliant stuff in them, more or less obviously included to helpp the compliers stay sane and give you a giggle on the road, whilst otehrs are just bveing literally translated into English, hence why they come out daftly.