Saturday, 7 June 2014

When in Rome, swear like a Roman

A RANGE of phrasebooks launching next month promises not only to help you avoid faux pas and spare your blushes while holidaying abroad, but also to teach you to swear like a native.

The French, German, Italian and Spanish phrasebooks from travel guide publisher Marco Polo feature a wide range of slang and colloquial phrases, plus an entire section on 'Ranting, Bitching and Swearing'. Marco Polo promises to equip you with the language that is really spoken on the streets.

The books also feature local knowledge and advice on how to blend in, including tips on how to pass for a native, not just a tourist.  Did you know that when invited for lunch or an evening meal in France, it is customary to turn up a casual quarter of an hour late? Or that if you favour organic fare, it's best to avoid asking for a meal without 'preservatifs'. Preservatifs' are condoms.

Marco Polo Phrasebooks (French, German, Italian, and Spanish) and Marco Polo guides to Andalucia, Dresden, Montenegro and Zakynthos, retail for £6.99.

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