Sayings + Expressions 4 – The Master and Cloud 7 Posted by Sten on Jul 31, 2014 in Culture, Language
Today it is all about the bright blue above us: the sky! Even though the saying and the expression do not have much in common in meaning. Let’s start with the saying!
Es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen
No master has fallen from heaven yet (practice makes perfect)
This saying means that a beginner cannot just do his job professionally, because he lacks the experience. He has not mastered it yet. Its origin seems to lie in the Mittelalter (Middle Ages), when for example blacksmiths would say this to their apprentices. The use of heaven can probably be attributed to the piousness of that time.
It is normally used when a beginner makes a mistake, but it can be attributed to his inexperience. Example:
Der Azubi hat vergessen die Hefe an den Brotteig hinzu zu fügen. Der Teig ist nicht hoch gekommen. Es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen!
The apprentice forgot to add yeast to the bread dough. The dough has not risen. Practice makes perfect!
Auf Wolke 7 schweben (also: im siebten Himmel sein)
Floating on cloud 7 (also: to be in seventh heaven)
In Germany, cloud 7 is the equivalent of cloud 9 – a euphoric mood! Why cloud 9 emerged, is hard to explain. Wolke 7 has probably emerged from Aristotle’s philosophy that the heaven was divided in seven spheres. The last sphere, the seventh, represents the invisible world of the soul, of fantasies, dreams and wishes. And that is the world in which you live. You are euphoric, because a wish, a dream, or a fantasy came true! This siebter Himmel is also used sometimes. But what about the cloud? In the Jewish Talmud, then, the seventh heaven is called Araboth (clouds), which promises similar euphoria as Aristotle’s seventh sphere. And there we go: Wolke 7.
It is used when somebody is in a euphoric mood, especially if someone is verliebt (in love) or in a state of pure Freude (pure bliss). Example:
Alexandra sagte ihm wie sehr sie ihn mag. Jetzt schwebt er auf Wolke 7.
Alexandra told him how much she likes him. Now he is in seventh heaven.
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