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Old 14.07.2009, 11:07
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German Phrase of the day

To help German learners like me I thought if every day we learnt an expresion in one month will have 30. I an a few years will speak like the locals!!
All for free... Can't beat that can ya?? lol

Mine for today:

Das ist mir Wurst!

(something like I don't give a monkey's)
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Old 14.07.2009, 11:08
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Re: German Phrase of the day

Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof :-(
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Re: German Phrase of the day

"Das Leben ist kein PonyHof"

Life's not easy.
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Old 14.07.2009, 21:28
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Mine for today:

Das ist mir Wurst!

(something like I don't give a monkey's)
A somewhat stronger way of saying this is "Das geht mir am Arsch vorbei."
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Re: German Phrase of the day

Literally, it means "it's sausage to me".

Würst is a by-product of alll animal leftovers from the slaughter-house. It is thereby abolutely indiscriminant.

So, yeah, I don't give a hillbilly's toss is maybe an apt translation

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Old 14.07.2009, 22:52
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Re: German Phrase of the day

a nice one is "halt mal den Ball flach!" meaning something like "hey, stay calm!" (literally it means something like you keep the ball close to the ground). Or "du hast wohl ein Clown zum Frühstuck gehabt", a phrase to throw at somebodfy trying to be funny Or, someting could go "wie Schmidt's Katze"

But what I like most is to (ab)use oldfashioned "hip" wordings like calling something "dufte" or "knorke" (=cool, "hip") or go "das Tanzbein schwingen" ("swing the dancing leg"). I am Dutch, so Germans do not expect us foreigners to know these words
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Re: German Phrase of the day

One of my favourite bits of (Swiss) German is "Tip-Top!"
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Old 15.07.2009, 14:55
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One of my favourite bits of (Swiss) German is "Tip-Top!"
I've started using that in English, too.

The thing that grates on me is when someone is trying to attract your attention (if you have dropped or forgotten something) and says "Haahh-lo!" (long, drawn out "Hallo!").

Then, even worse, "Sie! Haah-lo!"

[shudders]
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Old 15.07.2009, 15:02
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"Alles klar, Kommissar?"
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Gott sei Dank isch es Friitig!!
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