Idioms tell a lot about the German people and culture.
Here's a list of commonly-used German idioms below:
Ein Affentheater aufführen
- To perform a charade.
English meaning: to exaggerate.
Dort tanzt der Bär
- The bear dances there.
English meaning: something is going on.
Unter einer Decke stecken
- To put under a blanket.
English meaning: to engage in a secret operation.
Das Ei des Kolumbus
- The egg of Columbus.
English meaning: Easy solution for a problem that appears difficult.
as Haar in der Suppe suchen
- Search for the hair in the soup.
English meaning: notice the negative aspects.
Ich glaube mein Schwein pfeift
- I think my pig whistles.
English meaning: That’s absurd.
Es is alles in Butter.
- It is all in butter.
English meaning: Everything is ok.
Da fresse ich glatt einen Besen.
- So I smoothly eat a broom.
English meaning: I can’t believe it.
Da haben wir den Salat.
- We have the salad there.
English meaning: Now we have a problem.
Wir sitzen schōn in der Tinte
- We sit beautifully in the ink
English meaning: We are in a bad situation.
Das geht ab wie Schmitz’ Katze.
- That goes like Schmitz’s cat.
English meaning: That is fast.
Das ist mir Wurst.
- That is my sausage.
English meaning: I don’t care.
- Sponge over.
English meaning: Don’t worry about that.
Mein zweites Ich
- My second I.
Use to say: My alter ego.
Das ist Jacke wie Hose.
- That is the jacket same as trousers.
English meaning: there’s no difference.
Alles auf eine Karte setzen
- To put all on one map.
English meaning: Put all your eggs in one basket.
Knall und Fall
- Bang and fall.
English meaning: Suddenly. Without prior notice.
Die Kuh vom Eis holen.
- Bring the cow off the ice.
English meaning: Get out of a dangerous situation.
Das sind zwei Paar Stiefel.
- Those are two pairs of boots.
English meaning: Those are two different matters.
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