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German Sayings + Expressions 28: Things with Water Posted by on Apr 2, 2020

In times like these, with the Coronavirus (coronavirus), we know we have to stay zuhause (at home). With events being cancelled and regular life coming to a halt, there are of course also Sprichwörter (sayings) and Ausdrücke (expressions) related to this. Let’s have a look at these, shall we? Today, we start with the Ausdruck (expression). Ins Wasser fallen Literally: to fall in the water…

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German Sayings + Expressions 27: Feeling Old Posted by on Jan 9, 2020

It’s 2020! Finally, a new Jahrzent (decade) – but for a lot of people that second 2 in the year gives them a feeling of being… old. Perhaps rightfully so. The Mauerfall (Fall of the Berlin Wall), which sparked German reunification? Almost 31 years ago! The end of the Zweiter Weltkrieg (Second World War)? 75 years this…

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German Sayings + Expressions 26: Geister! Posted by on Oct 31, 2019

Finally, Halloween is here! But do you want to use some ghostly sayings and expressions? Then you’re in the right place! Where I looked at the word Geist last week, we now use it in a Sprichwort (saying) and an Ausdruck (expression). Let’s go! For older posts, please follow this link. Der Geist ist willig, aber das Fleisch ist schwach Literally: The spirit…

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German Sayings + Expressions 25: Cooking Dangerously Posted by on Sep 12, 2019

Germans like kochen (to cook). However, sometimes you have to be carefully what, or more aptly, who you cook! And there are Sprichwörter (sayings) and Ausdrücke (expressions) for this in German, of course. Let’s have a look! For older posts, please follow this link. We’re doing it differently today – we begin with the Ausdruck (expression)! Jemanden zum Kochen…

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German Sayings + Expressions 24: Order and the Drawer Posted by on Aug 15, 2019

Germans are all about Ordnung (order). They love having everything put together and well-defined. No wonder then that there are Sprichwörter (sayings) about this! The Ausdruck (expression) is a reaction to it… Let’s go! For older posts, please follow this link. Ordnung ist das halbe Leben Literally: Order is half of life Cleanliness is next to godliness Order is so important to…

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German Sayings + Expressions 23: Wishes Posted by on Aug 8, 2019

Do you have any Wünsche (wishes) or Verlangen (desires)? Then it is helpful to have words to express this. Today in our sayings and expressions, we look at these wants and how we can accommodate them in the German language. For older posts, please follow this link. Now, let’s start with the Sprichwort (saying)! Der Wunsch ist der Vater des Gedankens Literally: The…

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German Sayings + Expressions 22: Heat, Heat, Heat Posted by on Jul 4, 2019

These past few weeks and the upcoming ones have been showing tropische Temperaturen (tropical temperatures) in Germany, with up to 40°C (104°F). Not only time to look for some Sonnencreme (sunscreen) and some Schatten (shade), but also a Sprichwort (saying) and an Ausdruck (expression) that go along with it! As always, let’s start with the Sprichwort. For older posts, please follow this link. Now, let’s…

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