The best way to learn new things is by doing it in a fun way. German idioms can be quite funny if taken literally. Thus, using them to pick up some new words, you can have a great laugh and in the process also learn how to sound more like a native.

1. eine Extrawurst verlangen

Literal Meaning: to ask for an extra sausage
English Equivalent: to ask for special treatment

2. ein Fisch auf dem Trockenen

Literal Meaning: a fish on the dry
English Equivalent: a fish out of water

3. Das ist mir Wurst

Literal Meaning: it is about the sausage
English Equivalent: it’s all the same to me

4. Dir haben sie wohl etwas in den Kaffee getan

Literal Meaning: you’ve probably done something to the coffee
English Equivalent: you’ve got to be kidding

5. Die Katze im Sack kaufen

Literal Meaning: to buy a cat in a sack
English Equivalent: to buy something without inspecting it first

6. Da steppt der Bar

Literal Meaning: the bear dances there
English Equivalent: it will be a good party

7. Tomaten auf den Augen haben

Literal Meaning: to have tomatoes in your eyes
English Equivalent: he has his head in the sand

8. Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr

Literal Meaning: what little Hans did not learn. adult Hans never will
English Equivalent: you can’t teach an old dog new tricks

9. Da liegt der Hund begraben

Literal Meaning: that’s where the dog is buried
English Equivalent: that’s the heart of the matter

Go have some fun with these random sentences, which turns out not to be random at all.

XOXO

Charlé

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Further Reading

11 German Idioms You Have To Know
14 Words Own To German
33 German Phrases To Know By Heart
23 More Need To Know German Phrases

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