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).
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"
I have only dated the ones, who spoke English.
I dont like dating people, I cant speak with fluently.
: "I'm sorry, I can't get it up" and "That's okay, I'll do it myself"
Were these in the dating section?
This reminds me of Monty Python's Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook.
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.
(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.