German idioms

12th February 2015

Emily Robertshaw

We’ve picked some of our favourite German idioms for you to use if you’re planning a trip to Germany this year!


Es kostet nur einen Apfel und ein Ei

It only costs an apple and an egg

egg and apple

It costs peanuts


Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof

I only understand the train staion

departures board Germany

I don’t understand a thing


Ich werde dir die Daumen drücken/Ich drücke dir die Daumen

I’ll squeeze thumbs for you

baby squeezing thumb

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you


Da liegt de Hund begraben

The dog is buried here

dog RIP

That’s the crux of the matter


Es ist mir wurst

It is totally sausage to me

I don’t care at all




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