Episode: E12: Idioms & Vacation in Northern Germany

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E12: Idioms & Vacation in Northern Germany

Katrin and Michael go over a few idioms, explain what they mean, how literal translations make very little sense, and under which circumstances certain idioms can be used. Here's the list of all the idioms:

  • Ich glaub mein Schwein pfeift (I believe my pig whistles)
  • Das Leben ist kein Zuckerschlecken (Life is no sugar-licking)
  • Alles in Butter (Everything is in butter)
  • Auf dem Holzweg sein (To be on the wooden path [trail])
  • Sturm ist erst wenn die Schafe keine Locken mehr haben (It’s not storming until the sheep have no curls)
  • Es ist mir Wurst (This is really just sausage to me)
  • Du hast Tomaten auf den Augen (You have tomatoes on your eyes) [Germany “Tomate” (singular) | Austria “Paradeiser” (singular & plural)
  • Ich glaube ich spinne (I believe I’m a spider)
  • Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof (I only understand railway station)
  • Du gehst mir auf den Keks (You’re getting on my cookie)
  • Den Löffel abgeben (to hand over the spoon)
  • Baba (Austrian “Good bye”)
  • Ungustl (Austrian “unkempt person”)
  • Leiwand (Austrian “super” or “cool”)

We also talk about Katrin's vacation in Northern Germany, some of the do's and dont's, and how not to spend $10k getting rescued.

And, we keep you updated about all the events, and start times of the classes in the fall semester, too. 


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