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Anglo-EU Translation Guide

The difference between what the British say, what they mean and what everyone in Europe understands

What the British say  What the British mean What others understand
   
 I hear what you say I disagree and do not want to discuss it further He accepts my point of view
   
 With the greatest respect... I think you are an idiot He is listening to me
   
 That's not bad That's good That's poor
   
 That is a very brave proposal You are insane He thinks I have courage
   
 Quite good A bit disappointing Quite good
   
 I would suggest... Do it or be prepared to justify yourself Think about the idea, but do what you like
   
 Oh, incidentally / by the way The primary purpose of our discussion is... That is not very important
   
 I was a bit disappointed that I am annoyed that It doesn't really matter
   
 Very interesting That is clearly nonsense They are impressed
   
 I'll bear it in mind I've forgotten it already They will probably do it
   
 I'm sure it's my fault It's your fault Why do they think it was their fault
   
 You must come for dinner It's not an invitation, I'm just being polite I will get an invitation soon
   
 I almost agree I don't agree at all He's not far from agreement
   
 I only have a few minor comments Please re-write completely He has found a few typos
   
 Could we consider some other options I don't like your idea They have not yet decided

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