https://www.duolingo.com/Nautical_Nick

It's all Greek to me

There is an English phrase: "It's all Greek to me", which is used to mean "I don't understand it at all". I wonder, is there a Greek phrase which means the same?

March 8, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ioanna678593

"Αυτά είναι κινέζικα για μένα" =These are chinese for me... = "It is difficult to understand" . "Αυτά είναι αλαμπουρνέζικα"="I don't understand it at all". About "αλαμπουρνέζικα" see more here:"https://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%91%CE%BB%CE%B1%CE%BC%CF%80%CE%BF%CF%85%CF%81%CE%BD%CE%AD%CE%B6%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B1

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/greenguist

Interestingly in Russia they say китайская грамота (chinese letter), possibly in Bulgaria something similar too (if memory serves - didn't google it). Someone here may know if this is true in other cyrillic alphabet based languages. And I should add that in greek "κάνω τον Κινέζο" (I pretend to be Chinese) means something along the lines of I pretend I don't see/hear/know something that's not right/fair, feign ignorance, stay silent.

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Thea210

Ha, ha, that’s interesting and funny, 5 lingots to each of you.

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Thea210

What about “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”, what would be the Greek phrase that means the same?

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/konosp

The original, basically. "Φοβού τους Δαναούς και δώρα φέροντες".

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Aris.S

Hmmm yes, and no. "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes" is the original, by Virgil, it's not Greek, it's Latin.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/konosp

Yeah, I used to think it's a passage from the Iliad, but it turns out it's a reference to it.

What is it from, the Aeneid?

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Aris.S

You're not the only one, I used to think the same (until I read the Aeneid, that is taken from as you figured out already, and I was taken by surprise), I guess the phrase is imprinted in our collective consciousness :)

March 13, 2019
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