January 12, April 6, March 22, February 4, February 13, September 17, May 25, February 21, August 12, June 18, October 5, October 12, September 12, November 29, January 15, March 21, March 11, March 3, February 19, January 26, January 11, December 5, February 14, April 4, March 31, July 6, June 23, October 8, July 4, December 23, June 11, June 7, March 7, February 9, January 28, June 22, March 29, February 16, August 25, November 6, February 10, November 23, February 12, April 20, November 17, October 21, February 25, January 27, August 26, August 17, January 13, November 16, Idiomatic phrases essential to helping sounding like a native and sometimes only an idiom can help you express exactly what you mean.
Literally: Press the thumbs! English Equivalent: Keep your fingers crossed! Literally: Sleep like a woodchuck [marmot] English Equivalent: Sleep like a log. Literally: to talk around the hot porridge English Equivalent: to beat around the bush. Literally: You can take poison on that English Equivalent: You can bet your life on that.
Literally: kill two flies with one swat English Equivalent: to kill two birds with one stone. Literally: to ask for an extra sausage English Equivalent: to ask for special treatment.
Literally: put heaven and hell in motion English Equivalent: to move heaven and earth. Literally: The bear dances there English Equivalent: It will be a good party. Literally: to hit the nail on the head English Equivalent: to hit the nail on the head.
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Literally: Go like warm rolls English Equivalent: Go or sell like hot cakes. Literally: clear as dumpling broth English Equivalent: crystal clear.
"I love you from my heart" in German
Literally: as dumb as a bean straw English Equivalent: as thick as a brick. Literally: to leave the church in the village English Equivalent: to not get carried away. Which one of these hilarious German expressions is your favourite? Do you know any other German idioms? Like what you see? Subscribe using the form below to have all of my posts delivered directly to your email.
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She doesn't promise the world. But always delivers step-by-step strategies you can immediately implement. Hallo Michele, Are any of your German Idiom posters available for download or for purchase?
Hi Michael, Thank you for your message. Please email me to discuss this further. Not being mean, just. It reads like a joke when you have that picture paired with it. Hi Semus, the image was added to help you remember the expression. The language that will be treated on this page is thus the Low Saxon dialect spoken in northern Germany. Low German is an official dialect, historically, it used to be the first language of the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages, and thus it had a certain prestige that came to vanish during the 16th century.
Low German has also had a significant influence on such Scandinavian language as Danish , and even more Swedish. It also had a certain influence on the development of the modern Dutch language as well as on High German. Low German is not a unified language, but rather an 'aggregate' of similar dialects having a common origin and common intelligibility, but sometimes showing few phonological and lexical differences. It took time to provide Low German with an efficient writing style, several were proposed and used. It is the writing system that used on the Low German wikipedia and on official writings in Low German.
Since Low German is no unified dialect, it sometimes differs from one dialect to the other. However, the Low German dialects from western Germany are the easiest to understand, as they show a certain level of uniformity. Eastern dialects are often harder to understand, and they often contain more High German words or general influence.
The Plautdietsch language , spoken in former Prussia, is a daughter-language of Low German, but is still understandable if you speak Low German. Another, even bigger, hardship if you're trying to practice your Low German is the fact that most people in Northern Germany, whether Low German-speakers or not, will be more inclined to speak either English or High German with a stranger, rather than a dialect. A word can be the same when written, but pronounced in two different ways. Low German dialects from the West are however considered to be 'purer' than those from the eastern Germany, especially the dialect from Hamburg and Bremen.
These two cities were historically - and are still nowadays - at the heart of the Low German historical speaking area. With genetic - and linguistic - insight, it is the English's closest sister language with Frisian. However, 1, years of evolutions of both languages got the English and Low German to differ significantly. Loads of similarities remained though, but no mutual intelligibility is possible with long speeches between both languages. Only small couple of words can be recognised sometimes, or words pronounced differently such as "he drinkt en Glas Water" which corresponds to English "he drinks a glass of water" and which should sound relatively understandable to an English-speaker.
Low German has some vowel sounds that are not known in many other languages so they may be hard to learn. Just click any blue "Edit" link and start writing! From Wikitravel. Jump to: navigation , search. Low German phrasebook. Categories : Guide articles Phrasebooks. Namespaces Page Discussion. Views Read Edit View history.
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