https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

Fun - german proverbs (fixed)

Hello all,

I've some variety for you. Hope you like it. These are all german proverbs, which were translated very literally into english. For starters, pick one and guess the meaning, or translate it back, if you want. If you're good, you can give an english equivalent (if exists).

Have fun.

  1. I think, I spider.
    Ich glaub', ich spinn(e)'
    "blow me / blow me down"
  2. With me is not good cherry eating.
  3. How horny is that then?
  4. I only understand train station.
  5. My English is under all pig.
  6. That is not the yellow from the egg.
  7. It’s pouring like out of buckets.
  8. There tap-dances the bear.
  9. There becomes yes the dog in the pan crazy.
  10. Holla, the Woodfairy!
  11. I have made myself - me nothing, you nothing - out of the dust.
  12. Who sits in the glass house shouldn’t throw rocks.
  13. Better the sparrow in the hand than the dove on the roof.
    Besser den Spatz in der Hand, als die Taube auf dem Dach.
    "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
  14. There I eat a broom.
  15. Say it through the flower.
    Sag es durch die Blume.
    "sugarcoat it"
  16. Everything is in butter.
  17. He doesn’t have all cups in the cupboard.
  18. A donkey bridge.
  19. He has bumblebees in the bottom.
  20. That is jacket like trousers.
  21. To pull someone through the hot chocolate.
  22. To blow someone the march.
  23. There have we the salad.
  24. My dear Mister Singing Club
  25. There you look stupid out of the laundry.
  26. To be washed with all waters.
  27. You have of tooting and blowing no idea.
  28. We sit quite beautifully in the ink.
  29. You shine like a honeycakehorse.
  30. You are on the woodway.
  31. Here is dead trousers.
  32. Everything has an ending - only the sausage has two.
    Alles hat ein Ende - nur die Wurst hat zwei.
August 8, 2017

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/WrathOfAthens

One of my favorites is "May God rain brains from the heavens" and a follow up of "Or rocks as long as he hits the mark".

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

I know the first one, i like it, too.
I didn't know the secound part though. Very nice :)

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Rakascha, ich hab den Spruch als Shirt (in deutsch)^^. Das Grinsen in den Gesichtern der Leute, die es lesen ist immer wieder Gold wert.

Grüße Angel

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas

Great collection, mate! If you are no German native, you are "heavy on wire" with your German.

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

haha, I admit I'm a german native speaker. So I will probably have to look up your solutions myself ^^

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero
  1. That is probably: "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." Is 15. Maybe "sugarcoat it?"
August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." is amoung the german proverbs, but it's not 1.

(15). "sugarcoat it" would be a good english translation, yes :) the german sentence would be "Sag es durch die Blume".

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

I meant 13, I guess I just forgot to hit the 3. My mistake :)

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

It seems duo sometimes swallows digits at the start of a line.
I think it tries to create autonumbering and starts at 1 no matter which number you write. Add brackets or something else in front of the number.

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Ah, okay, thanks :)

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas

nope, the bird is number 13

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

correct :)

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Also, for 32, does that mean because the sausage comes from a pig then someone eats the sausage, so it sort of has two endings, plus because a sausage literally has two ends?

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

haha nice. the second one is true, the sausage literally has two ends. This proverb does not have a deeper meaning, it's more like a joke, a pun on the word "Ende".

German: "Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei"
All things come to an end, but the sausage has two (ends).

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

I guess since it's Germany, of course it's a pun on the word sausage lol

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Rakascha, Awesome! I love it! Ich hoffe es klingt für die englischsprachigen genauso witzig wie für uns. *gg Endlich mal alle "Übersetzungen" zusammen. Lingot for you.

greez Angel

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mhre1
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another one:I think my monkey wears a colt

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

I don't know this proverb, is it also a german one?

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Liseses
  1. I think I'm crazy (Ich denke Ich spinne)
August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

yes :)
the german one is "Ich glaube, ich spinne", the "e"s are usually omitted: "Ich glaub', ich spinn'"
It's an expression you use, if you're surprised and can't believe what's happening. something like "I don't believe it" (in a surprised way).

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Liseses

xD

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

i've added an explanation. Would you use "I think I'm crazy" as an equivalent ?

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Where I'm from I'd say Ich glaub ich spinne! with one -e :)

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

Ok, I've added an optional 'e' to the starting-post. ;)
Where I'm from, both are commonly used.

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi, "Ich glaub, ich spinne -> blow me / blow me down." Das ist das vergleichbarste, das mir einfällt^^

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rakascha

Danke. Erinnert mich an "Da legts di nieder!" (süddeutscher Dialekt) oder "das haut mich um"

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ralf_Th

Great! I have another one "Now i need a double hunting master."

February 15, 2019
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