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Funny and Common Phrases to Learn German Language

By Tlb
Photomontage of Berlin.

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I know you are somewhat looking forward to a short “break” of the seriousness to learn German language. If you have been repeatedly bored of the stern and reiterated ways of how your German language school has put into you, taking a short break of knowing funny German phrases might give a spice of your learning.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could still have fun while learning German as the same time? Here are selected German phrase that I think are very funny to pronounce and absolutely very funny with its translation. Care to read!

Funny German Phrase

English Translation

Sabberst du oder hast du tollwut? Are you dribbling or do you have rabies?

Sich vor Angst in die Hose scheiben Shitting bricks

(an idiom for being terribly afraid)

Die Sau rauslassen Painting the town red

Vor den Vatern sterben die Söhne Young men expire before their fathers do

Standen die Haare zu Berge Hair stood on the ends

(as in hair raising fact or hair raising situation)

Er hat Haare auf den Zahnen He has a sharp tongue

Das Leben ist wie ein Kinderhemd–kurz und beschissen Life is like a kid’s shirt–short and lousy.

Probieren geht über studieren The proof of the pudding is in the eating (popular English proverb)

Fahre nie Schmneller als dein Schutzengel fliegen kann! Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly!

Werd doch mal erwachsen! Grow up!

Die Axt im Haus erspart den Zimmermann. An ax in the house keeps the carpenter away.

Ich bin nicht von Gestern I wasn’t born yesterday

(I have more experience than you think)

Of course, if you still prefer the common German phrases as far as your learning is concerned, we also have the lists below:

Common German Phrase

English Translation

Guten Morgan Good Morning

Gute Nacht Good Night

Ich heiße My name is

Wie heißen Si? What is your name?

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