Nice beeb story about some odd phrases from around the world that English speakers might want to use.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4248494.stm

My personal faves were German words:

Drachenfutter - literally translated as dragon fodder - are the peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives.
Backpfeifengesicht - a face that cries out for a fist in it.