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just curious - "rozkoukat se" in English

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  • Tomas Mosler
    Hi folks, Could someone please tell me how does one say rozkoukat se in English? Not in terms of getting to see better in the dark, but to orient yourself in
    Message 1 of 51 , Jul 3, 2012
      Hi folks,

      Could someone please tell me how does one say "rozkoukat se" in English? Not in terms of getting to see better in the dark, but to orient yourself in a new environment/situation.

      I don't need it for any professional work, only interested to know the best way... Is "get one's feet under the table" the most suitable way to express the idea?

      Thanks.

      Tomas
    • James Kirchner
      In the US we can also say dates both ways, but the dominant usage is the one you think is backwards. We can also get A4 paper here, but no one uses it. I
      Message 51 of 51 , Oct 18, 2012
        In the US we can also say dates both ways, but the dominant usage is the one you think is backwards.

        We can also get A4 paper here, but no one uses it. I think I have a ream of it here somewhere.

        JK

        On Oct 18, 2012, at 8:48 AM, wustpisk wrote:

        >> Czech dates are not backwards, because they really say the dates in that order "jedenacteho zari 2011".
        >
        > And neither are English dates because they really say it in that order as well. However the great thing is that we (in Britain) have the choice to say it the other way too, however by convention and so that the rest of the world can understand, we use the DDMMYYYY format. All EU documents are in that format, for example.
        >
        > Same with A4 paper.
        >
        > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, James Kirchner <czechlist@...> wrote:
        >>
        >> Czech dates are not backwards, because they really say the dates in that order "jedenacteho zari 2011".
        >>
        >> British dates are backwards (at least for us), because we don't say "eleven September 2011". We say "September eleventh 2011". So to track properly when we read them, they should be written as "September 11, 2011". "11 September 2011" always makes my eyes ping-pong, just like newspapers that say things like "to 25,000 from 19,000".
        >>
        >> There's obviously no reason why the US has to emulate Europe in things like this.
        >>
        >> The American word for "autumnal" is "autumnal". As I said, Americans use both "fall" and "autumn", just as did the British who first settled the continent. (This is a case of the British losing something, rather than us changing something.)
        >>
        >> Jamie
        >>
        >> On Oct 18, 2012, at 7:00 AM, wustpisk wrote:
        >>
        >>> I was rather confused about that as well - as this is a 'Czechlist', speaking from a Czech point of view, notwithstanding the 'britishness' of the debate, US dates are also the other way around from Czech dates. Therefore, by your logic, Czech dates are also the 'wrong way around'. Fine.
        >>> e.g. lets take a couple of historical dates
        >>> 11 September 2001 = 11. zari 2001 or 11.9.2001
        >>> 21 November 1969 = 21. listopadu 1969 or 21.11.1969
        >>> 28 October 1918 = 28. rijna 1918 or 28.10.1918
        >>>
        >>> I think all European countries use the same or very similar formulation. US appears to be out on a limb with this one (along with Belize), for whatever reason, and it DOES cause confusion also for US visitors to the old continent, as does the 24-hour clock. FYI in informal speech it is fine to say for example 'je deset hodin' when taking about 22:00, but you would never find that in any timetables or in most written material.
        >>>
        >>> Just as a matter of interest, how do you say 'autumnal' in American?
        >>
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