German is boring? Think again! German is funny and crazy.
Let’s look at 5 German expressions that are funny:
1. Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof
English: I only understand station
Español: Sólo entiendo estación
I can’t understand anything
No entiendo ni una palabra
Imagine that you are in a foreign country (maybe in Germany?) and you ask for information on how to get to the station (Bahnhof). The only word you know in German is station (Bahnhof). The German person starts talking very fast and you, of course, have no idea what they are saying. In the end, you still don’t know how to get to the station because the only word you could understand was the only word you knew, Bahnhof.
2. Das kannst du deiner Oma erzählen
English: You can say this to your granny
Español: Esto lo puedes contar a tu abuela
I don’t believe a single word you are saying
No te creo para nada
What you are telling me is so ridiculous that nobody will believe it except your dear old grandmother who loves you so much that she will believe anything you say.
3. Du hast nicht alle Tassen im Schrank
English: You don’t have all the cups in the cupboard
Español: No tienes todas las tazas en el armario de la cocina
You are a bit crazy, short of a penny
A normal cupboard should have all the cups (how German!) or else it’s a crazy cupboard. I mean, a cupboard that is only half full is unthinkable for a German. We want precision!
4. Das ist mir Wurst
English: It’s all sausage to me
Español: Todo esto es salsicha para mí
I really don’t care
Me da igual
Sausage (Wurst) is the basis of German life, so it’s everywhere, so much so that we don’t care whether we get sausage or not. It will always be there for us anyway. Welcome to Germany!
5. Du hast Tomaten auf den Augen
English: You have tomatoes on your eyes
Español: Tienes tomates encima de los ojos
You can’t see the obvious truth
No puedes ver lo evidente
How can you see if your eyes are covered? But covered with tomatoes? Now, that’s a strange thing to say. But then, German is a strange language.
So, you see, German is not boring. German is funny!