https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

10 useful German expressions!

Hello dear German learners,
Bellow, I've listed 10 useful German expressions or proverbs I think are good to know. I hope they come handy.

jdm. die Daumen drücken = to keep one’s fingers crossed for someone

Aller Anfang ist schwer. = All beginnings are hard.

Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund. = The early bird catches the worm.

Übung macht den Meister. = Practice makes perfect.

Wer A sagt, muss auch B sagen. = As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

Ich bin fix und fertig. = I am exhausted.

das ist bescheuert! = That’s ridiculous.

das ist mir Wurst. = What do I care?

Ich habe die Nase voll davon. = I’m sick of it.

Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof = It’s all Greek to me.

alles Gute, Heschmat

April 20, 2016

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeeRamm

Very interesting. I've always thought that "Ich bin fix und fertig" meant "I'm all set and ready to go" or something like that.

A check in dictionaries suggests both, rather different, meanings are correct. I wonder if it is regional or generational or something else.

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

Consulting with a German native speaker, 'ich bin fix und fertig.' ONLY implies 'I am done/exhausted.' :-)

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soundray

It's possible to think of a context where it could mean what DeeRamm suggests. My wife might ask Können wir gehen? (Can we go now?) if we're preparing to leave the house together, and I might reply Ich bin fix und fertig -- ich warte nur auf dich (I'm all set, just waiting for you).

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patte420

the usual meaning is only "I'm exhausted". But if want to you say something close to an expression (Ich bin fertig = I'm ready to go / I finished sth.) you can use the expression (fix und fertig). It's a kind of light humor in the speaking. Then it means "I'm ready to go / I finished sth." depends on the context.
Also it is possible to "joke" in a conversation: Bist du fertig ? (have you finished?) - Ja, fix und fertig! (means: I didn't finish yet, but I'm exhausted)

April 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Scott367668

My wife is German, and Ich bin fix und fertig is probably one of our most used phrases - always meaning, I'm exhausted! It was one of those phrases I learned early on and just liked saying, and frequently heard her family say it as well.

For what it's worth, she's from NRW in the North West!

April 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stevestewart0001

I have no idea if it is saying, but I think Duolingo's "Wissenschaft schafft Wissen" (science creates knowledge) sounds rather good!

April 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

Your welcome. I am not sure if it's really a saying. I guess it's just a quasi mnemonic approach of Duolingo to help it stick in the mind. :-)

April 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LoveK1969

Love the "Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof". Somehow reminds me of "I speak conductor" in How I met your mother.

Thanks for the list.

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p
Mod

    You might enjoy this page :)

    http://www.ithinkispider.com/

    April 21, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankB9

    Interesting site. It seems to me those are all literal translations. Thus, "Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof," is translated as, "I only understand train station". Where's the "it's Greek to me" bit? (not complaining to you: I assume you are not the site's author. ^^ )

    On the other hand, it is an extremely extensive list of German sayings, the likes of which I've never seen.

    I also suggest that the translation on which the title of the site is based, "Ich denke ich spinne" <-> "I think I spider", is wrong. The word Spinne (f) is indeed spider, but the saying is probably using the conjugated form of spinnen, ich spinne. So I think I (am) spin(ning) is the more correct literal translation. And of course, that really should be, "I think I'm going/must be crazy," or something similar.

    That makes much more sense, as spiders do seem a little wonky as they spin their webs. Or if you spin me around until I'm dizzy, it's a little crazy. But "I think I spider?" hmmm.

    On a similar thread, it would seem I have spun a yarn here for you. ^.^

    April 21, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

    Thanks! They're good!

    April 21, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristy159

    I am currently living in Germany and learning the language as I am here. I laughed when I read "Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof", because it was one of the first phrases I learned here. Another incredibly popular one I always hear is "es ist wie es ist"

    Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading this!

    April 22, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jinju.

    Danke! Nice job. I will remember these

    April 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gingerninja3148

    Thanks! It is very interesting! Some of them I knew which was a nice confidence booster and some of them I didn't so I learned something new.

    April 21, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raisinnoir

    I learned many unprintable expressions when I lived in Berlin. But I can relate a story. Someone had done a really weird painting of a lady we knew. Most people kindly said nothing, but one person studied it a few minutes, then walked away muttering "das ist grausam!".

    April 21, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenCalde

    Doesn't "das ist mir Wurst" literally mean "it's sausage to me"?

    April 22, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p
    Mod

      Literally, yes.

      April 22, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

      literally yes, but when someone says: " das ist mir alles Wurst!", it means "I don't care about any of that!"

      April 22, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stevestewart0001

      Danke, Heschmat. Ausgezeichnet!

      April 22, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minutesuae

      Danke

      April 23, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouisR14

      das ist ja super

      April 23, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jinju.

      Deine Deutsch ist gut!

      April 20, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

      vielen Dank @tessaneedham11. Übung macht den Meister. ;-)

      April 21, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soundray

      Just a warning: don't believe it :-) Practice makes permanent. If you practice something wrong, you'll move away from perfection rather than towards it.

      April 21, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

      fair enough, I always say 'deliberate practice makes perfect!', and the key word is, of course, 'deliberate.'

      April 22, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouisR14

      dein deutsch ist gut. woher kommst du.

      April 23, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Salomee_e

      Der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm also exists in german.

      April 27, 2016
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