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German summer School 2021

Useful German: A collection of ways modern German people have expressed themselves socially and at work. With thanks to David Challinor

Thanks to David Challinor for this very interesting and valuable compendium of modern German expressions, collected over many years of workign in Germany.

Some examples - many, many more on the download. 

ein Elefantenrennen… slow moving lorry overtaking another on the motorway


sich den Schuh anziehen…..take something personally

Sturm klingeln…….keep on ringing the doorbell

sein eigenes Süppchen kochen… to go your own way

containern…to steal discarded but still edible food from skips behind supermarkets

dumm gelaufen!.....Hard Luck   S- - t happens!

Luft nach oben haben… for improvement

freischalten….unlock, activate, enable(e.g. mobile phone)

die Denksportaufgabe…..teaser, quiz

sich festquatschen…….to get stuck talking to someone and forget the time

Herz, was willst du mehr?....What more could anyone want/ a heart’s desire?

Das ging ja noch, was?... That wasn’t so bad, was it?

Das ist die halbe Miete….half the battle

Man hat schon Pferde (vor der Apotheke) kotzen sehen….You never know. Anything can happen (literally: one has already seen horses throw up in front of the pharmacy)

Beschrei es nicht!....Don’t tempt fate!  Don’t speak too soon!

Ich hänge schon ziemlich….I’m already a bit behind (with it)

Das ist noch nicht spruchreif… It’s not official/definite yet

Er hat eine Zettelwirtschaft…..bits of paper everywhere

Das Leben ist kein Wunschkonzert! / kein Ponyhof! / kein Kindergeburtstag!….Life’s..…a bitch! / no walk in the park!

Er ist eine Frostbeule… He’s ‘nesh’ (sensitive to cold)

Die Fußhupe…..small yappy dog that

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