Intimidating german phrases
Literally translated, Kugelschreiber means “ball scriber” which is also funny for other reasons. I’m not sure why but every time I read this on a menu in Germany or hear someone say it, it brings a smile to my face. Wow, such a long word, this must be an abstract legal term or a chemical name, right? Not in Germany where you are expected to know their full set of titles. It’s like “I am at once a male, a doctor and a professor, why would you seek to rob me of any one of those attributes?!” You might think this would be a house for rats, with little holes in the wall and rats darting to and fro. Pardon me if I got rather excited about visiting this park in Berlin.The following outline is presented as an overview of and topical guide to German expressions in English: A German expression in English is a German loanword, term, phrase, or quotation incorporated into the English language.A loanword is a word borrowed from a donor language and incorporated into a recipient language without translation.
It is the only language to capitalise every noun, which not only wears out Shift keys faster but is deliciously ironic given German people’s reputation for efficiency.
Besides knowing common phrases that you’ll need to navigate day-to-day life in Germany, it’s also helpful to know idioms and concepts, those phrases unique to a language that make no sense when translated into your mother tongue. You’ll hear them everywhere in German conversation—you’re expected to understand them, respond to them appropriately and know how to say them yourself.
Knowing idioms and important phrases will set you apart from the crowd of other language learners, and you’ll stand out as someone who has clearly worked to delve deeper into the language and discover its idiosyncrasies. Here are a few examples of when you’ll find yourself in make-or-break situations thanks to these common German phrases: 1. Shouting the wrong phrase for “excuse me” on a crowded subway car will immediately mark you as a tourist or a foreigner.
If you are playing along at home, I’ve just given you at least four reasons why you should not let a child see this movie.
But let’s not judge my mother, because she really did her best, and (despite being totally desensitized to violence and suffering a crippling fear of most national parks) I turned out okay.