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Sunday, November 9, 2014

How Do I Say It in English: poznać po zapachu

Hi guys!

Have you ever wanted to say the following phrase in English?

poznać kogoś po zapachu

(to be able to tell a person by using your nose rather than seeing them)

If yes, then you are weird :P

Just kidding!

Here’s a fragment of the introduction to Red Dragon (a Hannibal Lecter book) written by the author, Thomas Harris.

Dr. Lecter was asleep and I jumped when he recognized Will Graham by scent without opening his eyes.


P.S.1 In the fragment quoted above, it’s the author speaking. He describes the process of writing a novel as a series of little discoveries. He doesn’t make anything up as he goes. He is ‘told’ by the characters themselves what happens next.

P.S.2 I hope you don’t mind this type of random posts. I like writing them and will surely be sharing with you more phrases form the Hannibal Lecter series as it’s the one I’m obsessed with at the moment.

WEIRD – dziwny (strange)
to RECOGNIZE/ RECOGNISE – rozpoznać (to know someone or something because you have seen, heard or experienced them before)
a SCENT – zapach (a smell)
to QUOTE – cytować (to repeat the words that someone else has said or written)
a NOVEL – powieść (a long printed story about imaginary characters and events)
to MAKE SOMETHING UP – wymyślić (to invent)
I DON’T MIND … -- nie mam nic przeciwko … (I won’t be annoyed about …)
RANDOM – przypadkowy (not according to a special plan/order)

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