Category Archives: Vocabulary Lessons

Short lessons and exercises around German vocabulary.

jemandem auf die Pelle rücken German Expressions Deutsch Happen

German Expressions: jemandem auf die Pelle rücken

Today’s expression “jemandem auf die Pelle rücken” is somewhat colloquial, but also often used when a person is huffish or annoyed. Let’s break it down.

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Maul zu Frau Merkel

German NSFW: Maul zu Frau Merkel

There is a saying that describes the relationship between Germany and France pretty well.

Die Deutschen lieben Frankreich, bewundern es aber nicht. Die Franzosen bewundern Deutschland, lieben es aber nicht.
The Germans love France but don’t admire it, the French admire Germany but don’t love it.

A tweet of French communist politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon in response to Angela Merkel’s criticism on how France and Italy are handling their economies is pretty telling.

Maul zu, Frau #Merkel ! Frankreich ist frei. Occupez-vous de vos pauvres et de vos équipements en ruines !

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Tracht

Tracht: More than just Lederhose and Dirndl

Tracht (f) is the term for traditional costumes in all German-speaking countries. Interestingly, Trachten (pl) are not that old as they only became popular in the 19th century, a period when the idea of Heimat (f)homeland started to play a more important role in society.

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German Vocabulary retirement

German Vocabulary: Retirement

Just five days after winning the football World Cup in Brazil, Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from Germany’s national football team. He will still play for Bayern München, at least until his contract ends in 2018.

Though it might be too early for most of you to think about retirement, here are some vocabulary and expressions around retirement you can use.

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German Sayings Blaubeeren

German Sayings: sich von Blaubeeren ernähren

As it is finally summer time, here is a popular German saying using one of my favorite fruit of the season, blueberries: Blaubeeren.

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