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2 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….

3 Die Suppe = soup; das Haar = hair He always finds a hair in the soup. He always finds something to complain about.

4 Der Apfel = the apple The apple does not fall far from the trunk. Like father like son Parody: "Der Abfall fällt nicht weit vom Auto." (The trash doesn't fall far from the car.)

5 Die Banane = the banana That is bananas! Thats crazy! Thats nuts! Related rhetorical question: Warum ist die Banane krumm? (Warum? Warum? Warum?)

6 That is my beer! Thats MY business!

7 That is not your beer! Thats none of your business!

8 Der Bohnenstroh = bean straw Dumb as bean straw Thick as a brick Related: dumm wie Brot Das Brot = the bread Dumb as bread Idiot

9 Das Ei = the egg The egg of Columbus Just the thing; a simple solution to a difficult problem

10 Das Ei = the egg; legen = to lay To lay an egg To hatch a plan WARNING: THIS MAY ALSO HAVE THE VULGAR MEANING TO TAKE A DUMP!!

11 Fisch = fish; fleisch = meat Not fish, not meat Neither fish nor fowl; not recognizable

12 Die Flasche = the bottle You bottle! You loser!

13 Honig = honey; lecken = to lick That is no lick of honey This is no picnic; no bed of roses

14 Kaffee= coffee That is cold coffee. Thats old hat. (old news)

15 Hoch = high There comes one of the coffees high (The coffee comes back up) Its enough to make you sick

16 Der Wein = the wine; die Wahrheit = truth In wine lies the truth (people cant lie effectively when drinking?)

17 Der Kater= tomcat To have a tomcat To have a hangover

18 Das Ende = the end; die Wurst = sausage Everything has an end, only the sausage has two. Everything must come to an end.


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