Top 10 funny German idioms to make you sound like a native

Last updated: Jan 30th, 2019

A brilliant way to make yourself sound like a German native is to learn ‘Redensarten’ (known in English as idioms). These are everyday sayings used to express emotions and thoughts. By learning idioms you will be able to make yourself sound more of a natural German speaker!

Here we share some of the funniest German idioms and sayings to use in everyday conversations:

German phrase

Literal Translation


Hummeln im Hintern haben


Have bumblebees in your bum


To have ants in your pants


Seinen Senf dazu geben


Add one’s mustard


To put in your two cents


Nicht mehr alle Tassen im Schrank haben


Not have all the cups in the cupboard anymore


To have a screw loose


Wo sich Fuchs und Hase gute Nacht sagen


Where fox and hare say goodnight to one another


Out in the sticks


Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof


I only understand train station


It’s all Greek to me


Schlafen wie ein Murmeltier


To sleep like a marmot


To sleep like a log


Jetzt geht’s um die Wurst


Now it’s about the sausage


It’s now or never


Holla die Waidfee


Holla the wood fairy


Well, I never!


Aus allen Wolken fallen


Fall from all clouds


To be flabbergasted


die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen


Play the offended liver sausage


To be in a huff


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