What German proverbs do you know? :-)
Hello dear language learners,
Here is a few German proverbs I find nice to have in our toolkit:
man muss das Eisen schmieden, solange es heiß ist
= strike while the iron is hot
eine Stecknadel im Heuhaufen suchen
= to look for a needle in a haystack
Rom ist nicht an einem Tag erbaut worden
= Rome wasn't built in a day
aus einer Mücke einen Elefanten machen
= make a mountain out of a mole hill (literally: make an elephant out of a mosquito)
Hunde, die bellen, beißen nicht
= barking dogs seldom bite
zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe schlagen
= kill two birds with one stone (literally: to slay two flies with one fly swat)
Lügen haben kurze Beine
= a lie has no legs
Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist Gold
= speech is silver, but silence is golden
I hope it's useful, and if you know some more interesting ones, that would be nice to share in the comments. :-)
I think I can oblige... here are some expressions that attest our obsession with sausages:
And here are some oft-used phrases, which are not proverbs exactly, but very revealing nevertheless:
Great site, just checked it out. I do not agree with each single wording and explanation (caveat: I'm from northern Germany) but overall it's quite accurate.
You can also make explicit links with
[link text goes here](URL goes here) e.g.
["Deutsche Sprichwörter" on Wikiquote](https://de.wikiquote.org/wiki/Deutsche_Sprichw%C3%B6rter) for "Deutsche Sprichwörter" on Wikiquote.
That's neat, thanks! You seem to know the website (and most of the courses) quite well. Is there, by any chance, a manual somewhere to read up on features like this?
This sort of thing works with "Markdown", a markup system for which you can find tutorials on the web.
Occasionally, someone posts a tutorial in the discussion forum as well.
Here are some posts I was able to find:
And finally, http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Formatting .
The Wiki is probably about as close to a manual as Duolingo has, but it's unofficial. Still, have a poke around it; there are only a dozen or two pages in it, I think, so it won't take too long to read, and there's useful basic info there.
Thanks a lot Mizinamo for the sharing! :D
I've been wondering for a long time how did the moderators and other people do that. Once again, thanks!
These German proverbs are excellent! I love that I can express so much in just one line of the language.