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    All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    Hello, what other idioms do you use instead of a simple don't be afraid, using body parts? English say: He won't bite your head off...

    Czech: neutrhne ti hlavu [ utrhnout tear off, hlava head]
    Slovak: neohryzne ti nos [ohryznúť bite off, nos nose]
    [ɒkinɛk humorɒ vɒn, mindɛnˤtud, ɒkinɛk niŋʧ, mindɛnrɛ ke.pɛʃ]

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    You do not have to be afraid of me. Neboj, ja ti z nosa neodhryznem/neuhryznem. The other is correct.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    Slovak: neodhryzne ti nos [odhryznúť bite off, nos nose]
    In Slovak one may also say: nezje ťa (he/she/it won't eat you up)

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    In Czech also:

    neboj (se), on tě nekousne (he won't bite you);
    neboj (se), ono tě to nekousne (it won't bite you);

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    This is very interesting. It seems that in Slavic culture biting someone seems to be the worst possible scenario!
    In Serbian we also say:
    Не бој се! (Don't be afraid!) Неће те ујести! (He/she/it won't bite you!), also, Неће те појести! (He/she/it won't eat you up!) or most frequently heard: Неће ти ништа! (He/she/it won't do you any harm!)

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    In Bulgarian

    Не бой се/ne boy se, although не се страхувай/ne se strahuvay is more common.

    Idiom-wise:

    Няма да те изяде/ nyama da te izyade - He/she/it won't eat you.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    Slovenian:

    Ne boj se. (Don't be afraid.)

    Ne bo te pojedel. (He won't eat you.)
    Ne bo te ugriznil. (He won't bite you.)

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    Polish:
    Standard translation: Nie bój się.
    More idiomatic ones:
    Nie ugryzie/zje cię. (It/He/She won't bite/eat you.)
    Nie bojsia. (Don't be afraid. This one is supposed to imitate Russian accent, though I'm not sure many people use it. I don't think you will find it in dictionaries.)
    Nie ma obawy/strachu. (There's no worry/fear.)
    Nie ma się co bać. (There is no reason to be afraid.)
    To some extent also:
    Strach ma wielkie oczy. (It's a proverb which means that if you're afraid you will exaggerate the source of it.)
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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    No surprise here, in Russian it's the same

    Он тебя не съест/укусит - He won't eat/bite you
    Я не кусаюсь - I don't bite
    У страха глаза велики - The same as the Polish proverb

    As for body parts, we rather mention them when we want to scare you
    Тоже мне киса - голову откусит! - There's some kitty! It'll bite your head off!
    Палец в рот не клади - руку откусит! (saying) - Don't put a finger in its(their) mouth - it(they) wll bite your arm off!

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkChild View Post
    In Bulgarian

    Не бой се/ne boy se, although не се страхувай/ne se strahuvay is more common.

    Idiom-wise:

    Няма да те изяде/ nyama da te izyade - He/she/it won't eat you.
    Also: Не яде хора - He doesn't eat people.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    Quote Originally Posted by TriglavNationalPark View Post
    Slovenian:

    Ne boj se. (Don't be afraid.)
    "Ne se bat" is also heard, but is rather colloquial, or maybe used just in Primorska. Do you use it in Ljubljana Triglav? Because I saw that sometimes the expressions you use are different from the ones we use (in Trieste or generally in the Western part of Slovenia).

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    Re: All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    Quote Originally Posted by jadeite_85 View Post
    "Ne se bat" is also heard, but is rather colloquial, or maybe used just in Primorska. Do you use it in Ljubljana Triglav? Because I saw that sometimes the expressions you use are different from the ones we use (in Trieste or generally in the Western part of Slovenia).
    Yes, ne se bat can definitely be heard in Ljubljana.

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