Presentation on theme: "German Idioms using food"— Presentation transcript:
1 German Idioms using food Idioms are phrases or expressions that are unique to a particular language. Defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements,” idioms are key to understanding the soul of a language. Idioms point to a shared experience and culture between speakers of the same language. Idioms and other similar colloquial phrases spice up a language by giving it much of its vibrancy and texture. The German language is rich in idioms.At first, understanding German idioms can be confusing for non-native speakers, especially students. Looking up the individual words that make up an idiomatic expression in a German to English dictionary will confound the student as the words on their own won't make any sense, the entire phrase has to be taken into account when dealing with idioms. Because of this, students of the German language must study idioms in the same way as they do vocabulary. Baseline knowledge is required when dealing with idioms in any language, this knowledge cannot be had intuitively and can only come from study and experience speaking the language.Naturally, lots of idioms involve FOOD….
2 Er findet immer ein Haar in der Suppe. Die Suppe = soup; das Haar = hairHe always finds a hair in the soup.He always finds something to complain about.
3 Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm. Der Apfel = the appleThe apple does not fall far from the trunk.Like father like sonParody: "Der Abfall fällt nicht weit vom Auto." (The trash doesn't fall far from the car.)
4 Das ist Banane Die Banane = the banana That is bananas! That’s crazy! That’s nuts!Related rhetorical question: Warum ist die Banane krumm? (Warum? Warum? Warum?)
5 That is my beer! That’s MY business! Das ist mein Bier!That is my beer!That’s MY business!
6 Das ist nicht dein Bier! That is not your beer! That’s none of your business!
7 dumm wie Bohnenstroh Der Bohnenstroh = bean straw Dumb as bean straw Thick as a brickRelated: dumm wie BrotDas Brot = the breadDumb as breadIdiot
8 das Ei des Kolumbus Das Ei = the egg The egg of Columbus Just the thing; a simple solution to a difficult problem
9 ein Ei legen Das Ei = the egg; legen = to lay To lay an egg To hatch a planWARNING: THIS MAY ALSO HAVE THE VULGAR MEANING TO TAKE A DUMP!!
10 nicht Fisch, nicht Fleisch Fisch = fish; fleisch = meatNot fish, not meatNeither fish nor fowl; not recognizable
11 Du Flasche!Die Flasche = the bottleYou bottle!You loser!
12 Das ist kein Honiglecken Honig = honey; lecken = to lickThat is no lick of honeyThis is no picnic; no bed of roses
13 Das ist kalter Kaffee Kaffee= coffee That is cold coffee. That’s old hat. (old news)
14 Da kommt einem der Kaffee hoch Hoch = highThere comes one of the coffees high (The coffee comes back up)It’s enough to make you sick
15 Im Wein liegt die Wahrheit Der Wein = the wine; die Wahrheit = truthIn wine lies the truth (people can’t lie effectively when drinking?)
16 einen Kater haben Der Kater= tomcat To have a tomcat To have a hangover
17 Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei. Das Ende = the end; die Wurst = sausageEverything has an end, only the sausage has two.Everything must come to an end.