German, Language

“I think my pig’s whistling!”: Bizarre German animal words and phrases

It's been a long time since I wrote a language post, but I've been collecting words and phrases over the months and could quite a few posts at long last! I have noticed that a few of the words and phrases I have collected use animals, yet - most of the time - the words… Continue reading “I think my pig’s whistling!”: Bizarre German animal words and phrases

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“To make an elephant out of a mosquito”: German Idioms Part V

It's time for another German Idioms post, after having collected quite a few good ones over the past few months. I've filtered down to some of the best ones, and will perhaps use the rest for another post some time. Enjoy these fun German idioms! etwas in petto haben Literally: "to have something in petto" Translation:… Continue reading “To make an elephant out of a mosquito”: German Idioms Part V

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10 Food Idioms in English

I write a lot about the German language in my blog, but whilst reading an article the other day and seeing the phrase "He was egged on", it occurred to me how much fun the English language can be, too. To a non-native, you might look at the egg-sentence and wonder what the hell happened… Continue reading 10 Food Idioms in English

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“That’s sausage to me!”: German Idioms Part IV

I've slowly become aware of how many idioms in German are to do with food. Too many, in fact, to fit into one post. So I've picked my favourite few, for now, which are actually not as useless as you may first think. Das ist mir Wurst. Literally: “That's sausage to me”. Translation: “I don't… Continue reading “That’s sausage to me!”: German Idioms Part IV

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German: The aggressive language

If you can't speak German, there's a chance you might think of it as an aggressive language. You may think it sounds aggressive because you make links to certain people from the past, but, funnily enough, no, it's not an aggressive language. You could easily make English sound aggressive, for example - it just depends… Continue reading German: The aggressive language

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“We have to pull out that tooth”: German Idioms Part III

I've said it many times and I'll say it many more times again - I love German. Here are some more idioms as to why I love it! Kleine Sünden bestraft der liebe Gott sofort. Literally: "The lovely God punishes small sins immediately". Translation: "Karma". Where we'd probably simply say "karma" (plus perhaps "'s a… Continue reading “We have to pull out that tooth”: German Idioms Part III

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“Are you sober?”: Where to be careful when learning German

German can be a tricky language sometimes, despite me having learnt it over half my life and having a degree in it. It's quite worrying when I come across a situation where I completely misunderstand what has been said, but it does make for good stories afterwards. And good blog posts. Here are some random… Continue reading “Are you sober?”: Where to be careful when learning German

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“The morning hour has gold in its mouth”: German Idioms Part II

I've bought myself a little notebook to start writing in new words and phrases I'm learning, as it got to the point where I realised I was enjoying learning new stuff, but a week later then realising I didn't actually learn it because I'd bloody well forgotten it again. Because of this, some friends have… Continue reading “The morning hour has gold in its mouth”: German Idioms Part II

Frankfurt

100 things I’ve learnt in Frankfurt

Due to me being a complete geek with numbers (I get it off my mum!) and using one of my favourite websites - Wolfram|Alpha - I've worked out that today is my 100th day in Frankfurt. And what better way to celebrate than with a fun blog post around the number 100. Here are the 100 things… Continue reading 100 things I’ve learnt in Frankfurt