German Expressions, Idioms and Slang Phrases: 180 of the Best (2022)

Knowing formal German is helpful in the business world and should get you through small talk. But as soon as you listen to an informal German conversation between friends or colleagues, you’ll soon encounter colloquial words that the textbook hasn’t mentioned.

Language is alive and textbooks can never be updated as quickly as language changes. German slang phrases andwords are different, from the South to the North, from Austria to Switzerland and often even from city to city!

If you truly want to learn the language, start with a German class, and then listen to what the natives actually say and pick up some fascinating German expressions.

Otherwise, we’ve collected a vast array of German colloquialisms for you - including some words, phrases and idioms that you may not have heard before.

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Why you need to know German expressions and slang

Slang words are the way to build your practical language skills

Textbooks can give you a great foundation in terms of grammar and general speech. But if you find yourself in a practical speaking environment with people whose first language is German, you’ll soon learn ways to express yourself that are either locally or culturally unique. Nothing shows your language skills better than being able to converse with the locals.

Some of the most fun German words are slang words

German slang words include words like Pillepalle and Pusemuckel or Klackermatsch and Kladderadatsch, words that are rare and more fun to pronounce than any formal words. Slang words are young and sometimes a little weird, which makes them interesting.

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Many of them don’t have literal translations. To fully grasp their meaning, you already need a basic understanding of the language. So become conversational in German first and when you get a grasp of the slang on top of that, you’ll feel like a total pro!

German expressions tell you a lot about the language

Expressions mirror a language’s culture, so they can actually tell you a lot about Germanic languages, Germany and what parts of social life are important to German-speakers.

In some languages, idioms borrow many expressions from food or the animal world, while others are based on sports or cars.

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German slang

One characteristic of slang is that it is typically orally delivered rather than being written down and can vary vastly from German-speaking country to country and city to city, which makes German slang words harder to find and learn for language learners outside of a German speaking environment.

That's why we compiled a detailed list with German slang from different areas including their pronunciation in the International Phonetic Alphabet, so you know exactly what to say and how to say it.

German slang words

Slang words are informal and often associated with personal and sometimes taboo topics, which is why some of them might be a little rude.

They are favored by the young and enjoyed by language lovers, as they include fun words like “Quatsch” (Nonsense), “etepetete” (fussy), and “balla-balla” (cuckoo), as well as some very tame and loving ways to call someone an idiot.

Who knows? You might need those, too.

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German slang wordGerman pronunciationEnglish meaning
Quatsch[kvat͡ʃ]Nonsense
Papperlapapp[ˌpapɐlaˈpap]Nonsense
Paps[paps]Dad
Mutti[ˈmʊti]Mom
Funzen[ˈfʊnt͡sn̩]To function
Abklatsch[ˈapˌklatʃ]A cheap copy
Abdrehen[ˈapˌdʁeːən]To go crazy
Horst[hɔʁst]Idiot
Pfosten[ˈp͡fɔstn̩]Idiot
Förster[ˈfœʁstɐ]Idiot
Hirni[hɪʁni]Idiot
Dulli[ˈdʊli]]Helpless or clumsy person
Lusche[ˈlʊʃə]Loser
Zocken[ˈt͡sɔkn̩]To play
Chillig[ˈt͡ʃɪlɪç]Relaxed
Büx (Northern)[bʏks]Pants
Blechen[ˈblɛçn̩]To pay involuntarily
Baggage[bagaːʒə]Rabble
Bespaßen[bəˈʃpaːsn̩]To make somebody have fun
Betüddeln[bəˈtʏdl̩n]To look after someone
Bummeln[ˈbʊml̩n]To take one’s time
Fachsimpeln[ˈfaxˌzɪmpl̩n]To talk shop
Etepetete[eːtəpeˈteːtə]Fussy
Bolzen[ˈbɔlt͡sn̩]To play soccer
Balla-balla[ˈbalɐˈbalɐ]Coo-coo
Brüller[ˈbʁʏlɐ]Very funny joke
Lachflash[ˈlaxflɛʃ]]Laughing fit
Faxen[ˈfaksn̩]Shenanigans
Bonze[ˈbɔnt͡sə]Rich person
Kohle[ˈkoːlə]Money
Betucht[bəˈtuːxt]Very rich
Betuppen[bəˈtʊpn̩]To cheat someone
Gewieft[ɡəˈviːft]Cunning
Flunsch[flʊnʃ]Pout
Schmollen[ˈʃmɔlən]To pout
Glotzböbbel[ɡlɔt͡sˈbøpl̩]Big eyes
Klackermatsch[ˈklakɐmat͡ʃ]Mud to play with
Kladderadatsch[kladəʁaˈdat͡ʃ]Mess
Putzig[ˈpʊt͡sɪk]Cute
Schnuffig[ˈʃnufl̩ɪk]Cuddly
Glipschig[ˈɡlɪbt͡ʃɪk]]Slimy
Sich kabbeln[ˈkabl̩n]To squabble
Hingucker[ˈhɪnˌɡʊkɐ]Eye catcher
Saugen[ˈzaʊ̯ɡn̩]To download
Snacken[snækn̩]To snack
Knuspern[ˈknʊspɐn]To crunch
Mampfen[ˈmamp͡fm̩]To munch
Kieken[ˈkiːkŋ̩]To look
Pusemuckel[puːɪ̯zəmʊkl̩]Any random place in the middle of nowhere
Keck[kɛk]Cheeky
Kess[kɛs]Cheeky
Versifft[fɛɐ̯ˈzɪft]Filthy
Räudig[ˈʁɔɪ̯dɪç],Disgusting
Kneipe[ˈknaɪ̯pə]Bar
Vorglühen[ˈfoːɐ̯ˌɡlyːən]To pre-game
Klette[ˈklɛtə]A clingy person
Knabbern[ˈknabɐn]To much
Pille-Palle[ˈpɪləˈpalə]Easy-peasy
Scheppern[ˈʃɛpɐn]To clank
Malochen[maˈloːxn̩]To work hard
Ranklotzen[ˈʁanˌklɔt͡sn̩]To work to the max
Naschis[ˈnaʃis]Sweets
Rabauke[ʁaˈbaʊ̯kə]Ruffian
Schlingel[ˈʃlɪŋl̩]Rascal
Kiddies[ˈkɪdis]Children
Nucki[ˈnʊki]Pacifier
Ruckzuck[ˌʁʊkˈt͡sʊk]Super fast
Etwas peilen[ˈpaɪ̯lən]To understand something
Perso[ˈpɛʁzo]ID
Prio[pʁio]Priority
Quali[ˌkvaliˈ]Quality
Telen[telən]To phone

General German slang phrases

Hallöchen, was geht? There are countless slang words in German, even just for saying hello. Depending on the region and who you speak to, you’ll hear different German greetings everywhere you go.

Do you actually say hello when you meet a friend? It’s much more common to use any phrase from “hi” or “hey” to “yo” and “sup”. Yet, most German learners don’t actually know many German greetings, which is why we listed them for you, along with some other handy colloquial phrases you might need in a casual conversation.

German slang phraseGerman pronunciationEnglish meaning
Hallöchen[haˈløːçən]Hello
Was geht?[vas ɡeːt]What’s up?
Na[naː]Hey
Jein[jaɪ̯n]Yes and no
Nee[neː]No
Moin (Northern)[mɔɪ̯n]Hello
Moinsen (Northern)[mɔɪ̯nzn̩]Hello
Tach (Northern, Northrhein-Westfalian)[ˈtax]Hello
Servus (Southern)[ˈseɐ̯vus]Hello/Bye
Grüß Gott! (Austrian, Southern)[ɡʁyːs ɡɔt]Hello
Ei Gude! (Hessian, Rhineland-Palatinaten)[aɪ̯ ɡuːdə]Hello/Bye
Grüezi (Eastern and Northern Switzerland)[ɡʁyːt͡si]Hello
Grüessech (West Switzerland)[ɡʁyːˈzɛç]Hello
Eine Klatsche haben[ˈklat͡ʃə]To be crazy
Hast du sie nicht mehr alle?[hast duː ziː nɪçt meːɐ̯ ˈalə]Have you lost your mind?
Passt schon[past ʃoːn]Whatever
Happa-Happa[ˈhapaˈhapa],Food
Für Lau[fyːɐ̯ ˈlaʊ̯]For free
Babbeln (Hessian)[ˈbabl̩n]To talk
Sabbeln (Northern)[ˈzabl̩n]To talk
Lällebäbbel (Swabian)[lɛləbɛbl̩]Fool
Lällegschwätz (Swabian)[lɛləɡˈʃvɛt͡s]Chitchat
Bissel (Bavarian)[ˈbɪsl̩]A little
Blagen (Ruhr area)[ˈblaːɡn̩]Annoying children
Lütt (Low German)[lʏt]Small
Bölken (Ruhr area)[ˈbœlkn̩]To yell
Was für ein Prachtexemplar[ˈvas fyːɐ̯ aɪ̯n ˈpʁaxtʔɛksɛmˌplaːɐ̯]What a beauty
Boah[bɔːɐ̯]Wow
Igitt[iˈɡɪt]Urgh
Pfui[p͡fʊɪ̯]Urgh
Menno[ˈmɛnoː]Man (unsatisfied)

German slang for cool

The most common ‘German’ word for cool is actually cool. It’s a universal word, used in most regions and across generations.

There are many more though. So we have collected some more ways to say cool informally for you to use in case you see or hear about anything cool and want to casually comment like a German-speaker:

German slang for coolGerman pronunciationEnglish meaning (if applicable, otherwise disregard)
Cool, kuhl[kuːl]Cool
Nice[naɪ̯s]Nice
Bombe[ˈbɔmbə]The bomb
Lässig[ˈlɛsɪç]Casual
Genial[ɡeˈni̯aːl]Genius
Geil[ɡaɪ̯l]Hot
Stark[ʃtaʁk]Strong
Mega[meɡa]Mega
Krass[kʁas]Rad
Fett[fɛt]Fat
Hammer[ˈhamɐ]Hammer
Super[ˈzuːpɐ]Super

German expressions

Some of these are very similar to their English counterparts. Others are rather unique.

You can either learn them like vocabulary or you can have a closer look at them and maybe some of them will give you a deeper understanding of the German language.

Common expressions and their English meaning

These expressions are commonly used by German native speakers. Pick and choose which ones to use in your next conversation and you’ll blend in effortlessly!

ExpressionPronunciationLiterally translatedEnglish meaning
Kein Ding[kaɪ̯n dɪŋ]No thingNo problem
Kein Plan[kaɪ̯n plaːn]No planNo idea
Keine Ahnung[ˈkaɪ̯nə ˈaːnʊŋ]No suspicionNo idea
Auf keinsten[aʊ̯f ˈkaɪ̯nstən ˈfal]In the least (of cases)No way
Abgespaced[ˈapɡəspeɪst]Spaced outCrazy
Abgefahren[ˈapɡəˌfaːʁən]Driven offWicked
Durchkauen[ˈdʊʁçˌkaʊ̯ən]To chew throughTo talk something through repeatedly
Intelligenzbestie[ˌɪntɛliˈɡɛnt͡sˌbɛstiə]Beast of intelligenceEgghead
Labertasche[ˈlaːbɐˌtaʃə]Talk bagChatterbox
Backpfeife[ˈbakˌp͡faɪ̯fə]Cheek pipeA slap in the face
Fackeln[ˈfakl̩n]To flickerTo hesitate
Pumpen[ˈpʊmpn̩],To pumpTo work out at the gym
Kopfkino[ˈkɔp͡fˌkiːno]Mental cinemaHead game
Krawall[kʁaˈval]-Turmoil
Remmidemmi[ˌʁɛmiˈdɛmi]-Turmoil
Kreischi[kʁaɪ̯ʃi]ScreamyA screaming fan
Blindfisch[blɪntfɪʃ]Blind fishSomeone who doesn’t see well
Ferkeln[ˈfɛʁkl̩n]To bear a little pigTo bear a child
Schnattern[ˈʃnatɐn]To gaggleTo talk quickly
Büffeln[ˈbʏfl̩n]To buffaloTo study
Aalglatt[ˈaːlˈɡlat]Smooth as an eelslick
Naschkatze[ˈnaʃˌkat͡sə]A munching catSomeone who loves sweets
Hosenstall[ˈhoːzn̩ˌʃtal]Stable of the pantsFly (of pants)
Faulpelz[ˈfaʊ̯lˌpɛlt͡s]Lazy furLazy person
Blitzmerker[blɪt͡s,mɛʁkr]A flash noticer (ironic)Someone who is slow to notice
Kleinkariert[ˈklaɪ̯nkaˌʁiːɐ̯t]Small-plaid-patternedPetty-minded

German expressions of excitement

Maybe getting excited doesn’t sound as cheerful in German as it does in some other languages, but there are just as many German expressions of excitement!

Here is a list of expressions to use when you agree with someone or want to voice your excitement.

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ExpressionPronunciationLiterally translatedEnglish meaning
Ach wie schön[ax viː ʃøːn]Oh how beautifulNice
Aber hallo[ˈaːbɐ ˈhalo]But helloDefinitely
Auf jeden[aʊ̯f ˈjeːdn̩]In every (case)Definitely
Klaro[klaʁoː]Clear-ohSure
Alles klar[ˈaləs klaːɐ̯]All clearAll right
Wunderbar[ˈvʊndɐbaːɐ̯]WonderfulWonderful
Klasse[ˈklasə]ClassGreat
Hurra[hʊˈʁaː]HoorayHooray
Jippi[jɪpi]-Yippi
Juhu[juˈhuː]-Yay

German idioms

Sometimes German idioms translate quite literally, while other times their mysterious meaning leaves you seriously confused about its origins.

Why are Germans ‘adding their mustard’ to a conversation when they voice their opinion and why do they ‘only understand train station’ when they don’t understand a thing? You’ll be amazed by some of these beautifully weird expressions.

ExpressionPronunciationLiterally translatedEnglish meaning
Auf jemanden abfahren[ˈapˌfaːʁən]To drive off on somebodyTo be into somebody
Seinen Senf dazu geben[ˈzaɪ̯nən zɛɱf ˈdaːt͡suː ˈɡeːbm̩]To add one’s mustardTo add one's two cents
Sich einen abbrechen[zɪç ˈaɪ̯nənˈapˌbʁɛçn̩]To break something offTo try too hard
Dumme Nuss[ˈdʊmə nʊs]Dumb nutDummy
Affentanz[ˈafn̩tant͡s]Monkey DanceFuss
Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof[ɪç fɛɐ̯ˈʃteːə nuːɐ̯ ˈbaːnˌhoːf]I understand only train stationI understand none of this
Nicht alle Tassen im Schrank haben[nɪçt ˈalə ˈtasn̩ ɪm ˈʃʁaŋk ˈhaːbm̩]Not have all the cups in the cupboard anymoreTo be crazy
Auf links waschen[aʊ̯f lɪŋks ˈvaʃn̩]To wash on the left sideTo wash inside out
Falsche Schlange[ˈfalʃə ˈʃlaŋə]False snakeSomeone who isn’t trustworthy
Komischer Kauz[ˈkoːmɪʃɐ kaʊ̯t͡s]Funny owlWeirdo
Für die Katz’ sein[fyːɐ̯ diː ˈkat͡s zaɪ̯n]For the catTo be all for nothing
Jetzt geht’s um die Wurst[jɛt͡st ɡeːt ɛs ʊm diː vʊʁst]Now it’s about the sausageIt’s now or never
Die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen[diː bəˈlaɪ̯dɪçtə ˈleːbɐvʏʁstə ˈʃpiːlən]To play the offended liver sausageTo be in a huff
Grottenschlecht[ˌɡʁɔtn̩ˈʃlɛçt]As bad as a grottoTerrible
Da haben wir den Salat![daˈhaːbn̩ viːɐ̯ deːn saˈɫat ]There we have the saladThere we have it!
Häufchen Elend[ˈhɔɪ̯fçən ˈeːlɛnt]A pile of miserySomeone who is miserable
Sich in die Haare kriegen[zɪç ɪn diː ˈhaːʁə ˈkʁiːɡn̩]To get into each other’s hairTo argue
Klarschiff machen[klaːɐ̯,ʃɪf ˈmaxn̩]To clear the shipTo clean up
Sich vom Acker machen[zɪç fɔm ˈakɐ ˌmaxn̩]Get away from the fieldTo leave
Bombenwetter[ˈbɔmbn̩ˈvɛtɐ]Bombing weatherClear weather
Knall och Fall[ˈknalː ˌɔ ˈfalː]Bang after the fallAll of a sudden
Das ist doch assi[das ɪst dɔxˈazi]That’s antisocialThat sucks
Pi mal Daumen[piː maːl ˈdaʊ̯mən]Pi times thumbApproximately
Mach mal halblang[max maːlˈhalblaŋ]Make it half the lengthCalm down
Alles paletti[ˈaləs ˌpaˈlɛti]All palletsEverything’s ok
Aus der Reihe tanzen[aʊ̯s deːɐ̯ ˈʁaɪ̯ə ˌtant͡sn̩]Dance out of the rowTo step out of the line
Jemandem auf den Keks gehen[jeːmandm̩ aʊ̯f deːn keːks ˈɡeːən]To walk on someone’s cookieTo bug someone
Pipapo[pipaˈpoː]-With all the trimmings
Nicht die Bohne[nɪçt diː ˈboːnə]Not the beanNot at all

Free downloadable guide to German slang

We've created a list of popular slang words and phrases so you can start sounding like, and connect with German locals. This guide to slang will take your German learning to the next level.

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FAQs

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What are some common German facial expressions that are useful to understand?

Compared to people from some other countries, Germans aren’t known for their unique facial expressions.

Germans wink and blink for flirting, pull down the skin underneath one eye if they doubt someone is saying the truth, purse their lips to think and smile as much as most others.

What are some well-known German expressions about happiness?

  • When German-speakers are excited, they say things like “Hurra”, “Jippi” and “Juhu”, common expressions of excitement.
  • Someone, who is lucky, is called a “Lucky Mushroom” in German (Glückspilz).
  • Words for “happy” include “froh”, “fröhlich”, “glücklich” and “freudig”.

What is some German slang to say goodbye?

Not everyone says “Auf Wiedersehen”, when saying goodbye in German, as it is quite formal. Some ways to casually say goodbye are:

  • Tschüß
  • Bis später
  • Tschö
  • Servus
  • Bis dann
  • Mach’s gut or Man sieht sich

Fun tips for learning German colloquialisms

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Learn from a fluent German-speaker

Slang rarely makes it into the books, so native-fluent speakers are the best teachers. Find a German-speaker and ask them to teach you all their favorite slang words and slang phrases.

And if you’re ever unsure about a word you learn? Ask them if it’s actually used like that or used at all. Then, marvel at some of the words they know that might be unique to where they grew up or to their social circles.

Consume original German content

There is an abundance of accessible German movies, TV shows and songs, which are great for learning informal ways of talking.

Not all of them include the most natural language though, so if you want unscripted German language content, you can watch interviews or listen to rap music, for a more raw use of the language.

Is it an abbreviation?

If you don’t understand a word but it sounds kind of familiar, there is a good chance that it is just an abbreviation of a formal word. Oftentimes, locals use abbreviated slang expressions that just sound more natural to native ears.

You will hear words like “Prio” for Priorität (priority), “Quali” for “Qualität” (Quality), “Telen” for “Telefonieren” (to phone) or “Perso” for ”Personalausweis” (ID). We all know how long German words can be, so who can blame them? If you hear an unknown word, ask yourself if maybe it's just a short form of something you already know and maybe you can figure out the complete word yourself!

Untangle the Kladderadatsch of German

We listed countless German colloquialisms, some of which are very popular and some of which might not even be known to all German-speakers. Just try saying “Papperlapapp” or “Kladderadatsch” and you’ll see why German slang is so much fun.

Usually colloquial words like that, and especially German idioms have exciting origin stories as well. They are easy to research in case you are particularly curious about one or two of them. They can be weird and puzzling but often fascinating and there are so many of them.

So find your favorite ones and have fun!

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FAQs

What are the most popular German idioms and expressions? ›

Here is a selection of some of the most common German idioms.
  • "Ich glaub mein Schwein pfeift": to express disbelief. ...
  • "Das ist mir Wurst”: to show indifference. ...
  • "Abwarten und Tee trinken": to encourage someone to wait. ...
  • "Jemandem die Daumen drücken": to wish someone good luck!
7 Jul 2021

What is the most famous German saying? ›

1: “Ich kriege so eine Krawatte

And it comes from the pressure you feel in your throat when you get so angry you could scream. Germans use this saying when they find something makes them really angry.

What are some German idioms? ›

10 German Idioms to sound more German
  • 1 – Die Daumen drücken. 'Die Daumen drücken' literally means to 'press the thumbs'. ...
  • 2 – Um den heißen Brei herumreden. ...
  • 3 – Lügen haben kurze Beine. ...
  • 4 – Fix und fertig. ...
  • 5 – Ich glaube ich spinne. ...
  • 6 – Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. ...
  • 7 – Mist! ...
  • 8 – Da steppt der Bär.
23 Aug 2018

What are the 50 idioms? ›

50 popular idioms to sound like a native speaker
IDIOMMEANING
Kill two birds with one stoneSolve two problems at once / with one action
Leave no stone unturnedDo everything possible to achieve a goal
Let the cat out of the bagAccidentially reveal a secret
Make a long story shortCome to the point
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20 Mar 2017

What are the 100 most common words in German? ›

100 most frequently used German words
  • der / die / das (def. art.) the; (dem. pron.) ...
  • und (conj.) and.
  • sein (verb) to be; (aux./perfect tense)
  • in (prep.) in [variation: im in the]
  • ein (indef. art.) a, an; (pron.) one (of)
  • zu (prep.) to, at; (adv.) too.
  • haben (verb) to have; (aux./perfect tense)
  • ich (pers. pron.) I.

What is the coolest German word? ›

10 beautiful and memorable German words
  1. Sehnsucht. Amid different definitions, which vary from yearning, desire and/or craving, Sehnsucht is a feeling of longing for something unknown and indefinite. ...
  2. Weltschmerz. ...
  3. Torschlusspanik. ...
  4. Fernweh. ...
  5. Zweisamkeit. ...
  6. Backpfeifengesicht. ...
  7. Feierabend. ...
  8. Reisefieber.
9 Feb 2021

What is the hardest German word to say? ›

1. Eichhörnchen (Squirrel) Also a difficult one in English, this is a classic when it comes to difficult German words to pronounce.

What was Germany's motto? ›

The incipit of the third stanza, "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" ("Unity and Justice and Freedom"), is widely considered to be the national motto of Germany, although it has never been officially proclaimed as such.

What are the 200 idioms? ›

200+ Common Idioms [With Meaning and Example]
  • Stir up a hornets' nest. Hornets are the largest eusocial wasps, and their sting can be really painful. ...
  • An eye for an eye. ...
  • Back against the wall. ...
  • Barking up the wrong tree. ...
  • Bite off more than you can chew. ...
  • Pigs might fly. ...
  • Upset someone's applecart. ...
  • Not enough room to swing a cat.
4 Nov 2022

What are the 100 idioms? ›

100 Common English Idioms
  • Break the ice. Meaning: To get the conversation going. ...
  • A dime a dozen. Meaning: Very common: quite ordinary. ...
  • Beat around the bush. Meaning: To avoid saying something. ...
  • Back against the wall. ...
  • Bite the bullet. ...
  • Wrap one's head around something. ...
  • Under the weather. ...
  • Better late than never.
15 Jul 2022

What is the most famous idiom? ›

Here are 20 English idioms that everyone should know:
  • Go down in flames. ...
  • You can say that again. ...
  • See eye to eye. What does it mean? ...
  • Jump on the bandwagon. What does it mean? ...
  • Beat around the bush. What does it mean? ...
  • Hit the sack. What does it mean? ...
  • Miss the boat. What does it mean? ...
  • By the skin of your teeth. What does it mean?
23 Feb 2022

What do Germans call their loved ones? ›

Schatz is the most common German term of endearment, according to surveys. Couples all over the country call each other this pet name or one of its many cute forms, such as Schätzchen (little treasure) or Schatzi (little treasure). It's also very common to use with children.

What do you call a beautiful German girl? ›

Translation Matrix for beautiful girl:
NounRelated TranslationsOther Translations
Schnuckelchenbeautiful girl; doll; manequin; pretty girlcutie; cuties; little darling; sweeties; sweety
schönes Mädchenbeautiful girl; doll; manequin; pretty girl

What is German word for girl? ›

Since Mädchen is a grammatically neuter noun, all preceding articles, determiners, and adjectives take neuter forms: ein kleines Mädchen (“a little girl”).

What are some rare idioms? ›

Unusual sayings in English:
  • to kick the bucket. A euphemism for 'to die'. ...
  • Break a leg! It might surprise you, but this expression is used to wish someone good luck. ...
  • to have two left feet. ...
  • to make a (right) pig's ear of something. ...
  • to have a butcher's. ...
  • under the weather. ...
  • to play it by ear. ...
  • the bee's knees.
3 Nov 2015

What are some cool idioms? ›

20 of the Funniest Idioms for People Learning English
  1. Cool as a cucumber. Meaning: calm and composed, especially in stressful situations. ...
  2. Hold your horses. Meaning: wait a minute; be patient. ...
  3. Kick the bucket. Meaning: to die. ...
  4. Blue in the face. ...
  5. Head in the clouds. ...
  6. Dead as a doornail. ...
  7. Piece of cake. ...
  8. Out of the blue.
11 Jul 2019

What is the most offensive German word? ›

10 German Swear Words and Insults you Really Should Know
  • Quatsch! /ˈkvatʃ/ ...
  • Donnerwetter! /ˌdɔnɐ'vɛtɐ/ ...
  • Depp! /dɛp/ ...
  • verdammt. /fɛɐ̯ˈdamt/ ...
  • Scheiße. /ˈʃaɪ̯sə/ ...
  • Halt deinen Mund! /halt 'daɪ̯nən mʊnt/ ...
  • der Mist. /deːr 'mɪst/ ...
  • Leck mich am Arsch! /lɛk mɪç am aʀʃ/

What is the longest German word *? ›

1. Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung (36) Officially recognised by the Duden - Germany's pre-eminent dictionary - as the longest word in German, Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung is a 36-letter, tongue-tying way of describing a rather, mundane everyday concept: motor vehicle liability insurance.

How do you say awesome in German slang? ›

#8 Hammer. In English, we often say something is “amazing” or “awesome.” The German equivalent is Hammer, which is also a tool when used as a noun. The expression Hammer geil can be used to say how outstanding something is. Example: Der Film war der Hammer.

What do locals call Germany? ›

To name just a few of the endonyms for Germany: in the Scandinavian languages Germany is known as Tyskland, in Polish as Niemcy, in Portuguese as Alemanha,in Italian as Germania, in French as Allemagne, in Dutch as Duitsland and in Spanish as Alemania. Not to be forgotten, the exonym Germans use is Deutschland.

What is Kummerspeck? ›

Noun. Kummerspeck m (strong, genitive Kummerspecks or Kummerspeckes, no plural) (uncountable) excess weight or body fat gained due to emotional overeating quotations ▼

What words do Germans struggle with? ›

The 'zh' sound in words such as 'pleasure' and 'measure' is often difficult for native Germans to pronounce. The result is often a break in the middle of the word which makes it sound more like 'mease-her' than the English 'z' sound.

What did Germany call their soldiers? ›

The Wehrmacht (German pronunciation: [ˈveːɐ̯maxt] ( listen), lit. 'defence force') was the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. It consisted of the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force).

What animal symbolizes Germany? ›

The federal coat of arms depicts the single-headed black eagle against a golden background; it has its head turned to the right and wings open, with the feathers not spread; its beak, tongue and talons are red. The eagle is the emblem of the Federal Republic of Germany.

What was Hitler's famous quote during WWII? ›

He who would live must fight. He who doesn't wish to fight in this world, where permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist.”

Did a 180 idiom? ›

a sudden change from a particular opinion, decision, or plan to an opposite one: Jack's done a 180 and agreed to come on the trip.

What are 30 idioms? ›

The most common English idioms
IdiomMeaning
Beat around the bushAvoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable
Better late than neverBetter to arrive late than not to come at all
Bite the bulletTo get something over with because it is inevitable
Break a legGood luck
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What are the 25 idiomatic expressions? ›

Let us now learn about the 25 most common and useful Idioms in the English language:
  • Under the weather. Meaning - To feel sick. ...
  • The ball is in your court. ...
  • Spill the beans. ...
  • Pull someone's leg. ...
  • Sit on the fence. ...
  • Through thick and thin. ...
  • Once in a blue moon. ...
  • The best of both worlds.
26 Jun 2021

What is the best idiom in the world? ›

Top 10 idioms of the world
  1. “Into the mouth of a wolf” Language: Italian. ...
  2. “Not my circus, not my monkey. Language: Polish. ...
  3. “To have a wide face” Language: Japanese. ...
  4. “To have the midday demon” Language: French. ...
  5. “To feed the donkey sponge cake” Language: Portuguese. ...
  6. “A cat's jump” ...
  7. “To give someone pumpkins” ...
  8. “To ride as a hare”
25 May 2015

What are some old idioms? ›

Here are the origins of some of the most interesting idioms!
  • Bite the bullet. Meaning: To accept something difficult or unpleasant. ...
  • Break the ice. Meaning: To break off a conflict or commence a friendship. ...
  • Butter someone up. ...
  • Mad as a hatter. ...
  • Cat got your tongue? ...
  • Barking up the wrong tree. ...
  • Turn a blind eye. ...
  • Bury the hatchet.
16 Sept 2022

What are some old fashioned phrases? ›

English has some lovely, slightly old-fashioned sayings.
...
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  • Don't do anything I wouldn't do. ...
  • Pardon my French. ...
  • Don't count your chickens. ...
  • Hanky panky. ...
  • See a man about a dog. ...
  • As fit as a butcher's dog.
10 Nov 2022

What's the most said phrase in the world? ›

In 2020, “now more than ever” had been the most used phrase, this changed to “new normal” in 2021.

What are some happy idioms? ›

Here are seven idioms we use to show we are happy.
  • On cloud nine. Extremely happy when something wonderful happens. ...
  • Like a dog with two tails. To look and be very happy. ...
  • Full of the joys of spring. When you are energetic, cheerful and happy. ...
  • Happy as Larry. ...
  • On top of the world. ...
  • Over the moon. ...
  • In seventh heaven.
9 Apr 2015

What are the 20 idioms with meaning? ›

20 Idioms With Their Meanings and Sentences
  • Adding insult to injury – Make things worse. ...
  • Beat around the bush – Avoid saying something. ...
  • Blessing in disguise – An unexpectedly good thing. ...
  • Birds of a feather flock together – People with a lot in common become good friends. ...
  • Biting off more than you can chew - Be overwhelmed.
15 Oct 2020

What do Germans call their wife? ›

Maus (mouse)

Nevertheless, it's quite common for a man to call his girlfriend or wife a "Maus." The term is also a favorite for small children (which, admittedly, have more in common with the tiny animals). In that case, the diminutive, "Mäuschen," is most appropriate.

What do Germans call their husband? ›

Schatz, meaning “treasure”, is one of the most common terms of endearment you'll hear in Germany, used equally among young lovers and couples who have been married for years, as well as for children. You can also mix it up by making it into a diminutive like “Schatzi” or “Schätzchen”.

What are German wives called? ›

Fräulein is the diminutive form of Frau, which was previously reserved only for married women. Frau is in origin the equivalent of "My lady" or "Madam", a form of address of a noblewoman.

What is the most German female name? ›

German names: These are the most popular German names for girls and boys
  • Emilia.
  • Ella.
  • Lena.
  • Lina.
  • Julia.
  • Ida.
  • Leonie.
  • Lea.
14 Jan 2021

What is a German compliment? ›

Compliments In German. You are sweet! — Du bist süß! You have beautiful eyes. — Du hast schöne Augen.

What are cute nicknames in German? ›

German Terms of Endearment at a Glance
GermanEnglish
BärBear
SchnuckiSweetie-pie
SchneckeSnail
Süße / SüßerSweetie
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28 Dec 2021

Is it rude to say Fräulein? ›

Usage notes

Fräulein as a formal address for an unmarried woman is now uncommon and considered disrespectful and sexist by some. Frau is the normal address for all women.

Does Frau mean wife? ›

noun, plural Frau·en [frou-uhn], English Fraus [frouz]. German. a married woman; a wife. the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a married woman, corresponding to Mrs.

What does Schatzi mean slang? ›

schatzi in American English

(ˈʃɑːtsi) slang. sweetheart; darling. Most material © 2005, 1997, 1991 by Penguin Random House LLC.

What are the 5 most common idioms? ›

Five idioms every English student should know
  • Get your act together (Meaning: you need to improve your behaviour/work) ...
  • Pull yourself together (Meaning: calm down) ...
  • I'm feeling under the weather (Meaning: I'm sick) ...
  • It's a piece of cake (Meaning: it's easy) ...
  • Break a leg (Meaning: good luck!)
2 Feb 2018

What are the 100 idiomatic expressions? ›

100 Idiomatic Expressions That You'll Use All the Time (+PDF)
  • At a crossroads – Needing to make an important decision. ...
  • Bad apple – Bad person. ...
  • Barking up the wrong tree – Pursuing the wrong course. ...
  • Be closefisted – Stingy. ...
  • Be cold-hearted – Uncaring. ...
  • Be on solid ground – Confident. ...
  • Beat around the bush – Avoid saying.
15 Oct 2020

What is the weirdest idiom? ›

10 unusual expressions in English and where they come from
  • to kick the bucket. A euphemism for 'to die'. ...
  • Break a leg! ...
  • to have two left feet. ...
  • to make a (right) pig's ear of something. ...
  • to have a butcher's. ...
  • under the weather. ...
  • to play it by ear. ...
  • the bee's knees.
3 Nov 2015

What is a rare idiom? ›

be (as) rare as a four-leaf clover

To be very rare or uncommon. A clover with four leaves instead of the usual three is traditionally thought to be a good-luck charm due to its rarity.

What is Germany's real name? ›

The official name of the country is Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland). The terms "Westdeutschland" and "Ostdeutschland" are still used for the western and the eastern parts of the German territory, respectively.

What is the fun fact of Germany? ›

Some of the world's most famous inventions were created in Germany - the lightbulb, automated calculators, automobiles, insulin, petrol engines, jet engines, and the Walkman (to name a few!) Germany is a very cultured country, with 6,200 museums, 820 theatres, 130 professional orchestras, and 8,800 libraries.

What should I wear in Germany to not look like a tourist? ›

“First and foremost, avoid fanny packs like the plague! Another tip is to not wear sports jerseys or baseball caps from a home sports team. If possible, also avoid wearing clothing from a chain store with large and recognizable logo placements.”

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