Thursday, 22 January 2009

German idioms

Idioms are a great way to learn a language. According to my dictionary, the definition of an idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words. So when you learn an idiom you remind yourself of the words themselves, and you take your knowledge of the language to a higher level. You will be over the moon, and you will also learn something about the way the Germans think. You may also learn about English idioms that you did not know.

Der Vogel is the bird and if you have einen Vogel it means that you have bats in your belfry. Of course this is nothing to do with bats or belfries but the belfry is the uppermost part of the body (the brain) and the messages are erratic like the flight of bats, so they are crazy. There is a very slight possibility that you could work it out in English but would you know er hat einen Vogel?

I like 'wo dr├╝ckt der Schuh?' You are not asking where the shoe pinches, but what’s the trouble? Yes you can almost work it out but it would take some time, and now you know what to say in a shoe shop!

Bis bald

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