15 Funny German Idioms You Should Know – Part 2

15 Funny German Idioms You Should Know – Part 2

Idioms and expressions are not the first thing you come across when you start learning a new language. But, they are one of the fun ways to learn new vocabulary. Some of the funny German idioms mentioned in this article also give an insight into the German culture. How so?

Well, pigs and sausages are a significant part of German culture. There are many German idioms that mention “Schwein” and “Wurst“. Undoubtedly, these pig and sausage sayings do sound hilarious.

In the previous part, we introduced you to some common and not-so-funny German idioms. If you missed out that post, you can check out the Part 1 here. In this part, we have compiled a list of funny German idioms. Let’s start exploring the list right away!

Here are 15 Funny German Idioms For You

Das ist mir Wurst

Literally – That’s sausage to me.
English equivalent – I don’t give a damn.
Meaning – to not care at all about something or someone

Usage – Das ist mir Wurst, wie wir heute ins Büro gehen.

die Katze im Sack kaufen

Literally – to buy the cat in the sack
English equivalent – to buy a pig in a poke
Meaning – to buy or accept something without prior examination

Usage – Hast du schon mal die Katze im Sack gekauft?

Du nimmst mich auf den Arm

Literally – You are taking me on the arm.
English equivalent – You are pulling my leg.
Meaning – to tease someone

Usage – Ich glaube, dass er dich einfach auf den Arm nimmt.

die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen

Literally – to play the insulted liver sausage
English equivalent – to be a sorehead
Meaning – to be bad-tempered or to get angry easily

Usage – Es war nur ein Witz. Spiel nicht die beleidigte Leberwurst!

Kein Schwein war da

Literally – There weren’t any pigs there.
English equivalent – There was one man and his dog.
Meaning – Nobody was there.

Usage – Die Party war ein Misserfolg. Kein Schwein war da.

Schwein haben- Stroke of luck- funny German idioms

Schwein haben

Literally – to have a pig
English equivalent – to have a stroke of luck
Meaning – something good happens unexpectedly

Usage – Das Vorstellungsgespräch verlief gut. Ich habe Schwein gehabt!

Es geht um die Wurst

Literally – It’s all about the sausage.
English equivalent – It’s now or never.
Meaning – something must be done immediately

Usage – Du hast keine Zeit, später darüber nachzudenken. Es geht um die Wurst.

unter aller Sau

Literally – under all pig
English equivalent – It stinks or sucks
Meaning – something is really very bad

Usage – Mein Spanisch ist unter aller Sau.

schlafen wie ein Murmeltier

Literally – to sleep like a woodchuck
English equivalent – to sleep like a log
Meaning – to sleep very soundly or deeply

Usage – Sie ist völlig erschöpft. Heute schläft sie wie ein Murmeltier.

die Kirche im Dorf lassen

Literally – to leave the church in the village
English equivalent – to not get carried away
Meaning – to not lose control of your behaviour

Usage – Morgen ist dein erster Tag in der Hochschule. Bitte lass die Kirche im Dorf !

dumm wie Bohnenstroh

Literally – dumb as a bean straw
English equivalent – as thick as a brick
Meaning – extremely stupid or dimwitted

Usage – Er ist dumm wie Bohnenstroh.

Funny German idioms- dumm wie Bohnenstroh

Da steppt der Bär

Literally – There dances the bear.
Meaning – It will be a good party.

Usage – Wir laden euch zu der Geburtstagsfeier ein. Da steppt der Bär!

ein Ohr abkauen

Literally – to chew a ear off
English equivalent – to talk someone’s ear off
Meaning – to talk to someone for a long time

Usage – Jedes Mal, wenn ich sie anrufe, kaut sie mir das Ohr ab.

um den heißen Brei herumreden

Literally – to talk around the hot porridge
English equivalent – to beat around the bush
Meaning – to delay or avoid talking about something important

Usage – Anna redet um den heißen Brei herum, weil sie die Prüfung nicht bestanden hat.

Wo sich Fuchs und Hase gute Nacht sagen

Literally – Where fox and hare say goodnight to one another.
English equivalent – out in the sticks or in the middle of nowhere
Meaning – a very remote area

Can you make a sentence using this idiom? Please write your answers in the comment section below.


Now that you know these funny German idioms, it’s time to start using them in your sentences and impress others!

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