Sneezing


Gergő | 2015. 04. 30.
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Minden, amit a tüsszentésről tudni kell:) Egészégetekre! 

Sneezing

Spring is here and it’s wonderful to have warm weather again. But the downside of spring is that it is allergy season. I have been sneezing and blowing my nose every five seconds because of the new flowers and freshly cut grass. What do you say in your culture when somebody sneezes? Do you know what we say in English? If I sneeze you say :’Bless you!’ And I say: ’Thank you.’ The full expression is ’God bless you!’ But most people today simply say ’Bless you!’ It doesn’t matter if you are religious or not. This is the customary response when someone sneezes. It also doesn’t matter what relationship you have with the person. Whether it’s a formal or informal relationship, we still say ’Bless you!’ when somebody sneezes. You may find it interesting where this expression came from. I was always taught that there used to be a belief when a person sneezes there’s a chance that the soul could leave the body. So we say ’Bless you!’ to the person who sneezes because we don’t want them to lose their soul. We want them to keep it. In any case it’s still good to know this expression. So the next time you hear somebody sneeze, say ’Bless you!’ and you should hear ’Thank you!’.

Now if your sneeze is very loud and it causes some kind of interruption it’s appropriate to say ’Excuse me.’. You don’t have to wait for somebody to say ’Bless you!’.

I hope you found this interesting. Remember: Learning a language is not just knowing grammar and vocabulary and the like. It’s also learning the culture.

Thanks for watching. Happy studies!

Can you finish the sentences based on the text?

1. If you are allergic to something you usually ………… a lot in spring.

2. In English if somebody sneezes you say: …………..

3. The expression originates from the full expression: ……………

4. The response for ’Bless you!’ is: ……………..

5. If your sneeze causes an interruption it’s appropriate to say: ……….

6. There used to be a belief that the …….. could leave the body when somebody sneezed.

7. When you learn a language it’s important to learn the ……….. as well.

Key:

1. sneeze

2. Bless you!

3. God bless you!

4. Thank you!

5. Excuse me.

6. soul

7. culture

Vocabulary

downside

hátrány, kellemetlenség

to sneeze

tüsszenteni

to blow your nose

orrot fújni

freshly cut grass

frissen nyírt fű

Bless you!

Egészségedre! szó szerint: Áldjon meg!

God bless you!

Isten áldjon meg!

full expression

a teljes kifejezés

simply

egyszerűen

it doesn’t matter

nem számít

religious

vallásos

customary

szokásos, megszokott

response

válasz

relationship

kapcsolat

belief

hiedelem

there’s a chance

lehetséges, hogy

soul

lélek

in any case

mindenesetre

interruption

megzavarás, félbeszakítás

appropriate

helyénvaló

grammar

nyelvtan

vocabulary

szavak

and the like

és az ehhez hasonlók

culture

kultúra

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