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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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German Sayings + Expressions 21: Where is the Snow? Posted by on Mar 8, 2019

Welcome to the first Sayings + Expressions of 2019! February here in Germany has been an absolutely weird month. Whereas it is normally April (April macht was er will!) that has the surprising weather, February had strangely high temperatures. It is March now, and the sun is out – it is beautiful here in Germany!…

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Sayings + Expressions 20: Good Luck! Posted by on Dec 27, 2018

Welcome to this year’s last Sayings + Expressions! At the end of the year, we look back at the last twelve months, and look forward to the next. Of course, we want the next year to be (even) better! The Germans have their ways of expressing this. Let’s find out how! For older posts, please follow…

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