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Hallo. Hello. Hola. Salut everyone. The time has come to say goodbye. It’s already my last week at the translation firm WORLD TEXT. I started my internship on January 07. Three months have passed so fast!

So, let me tell you a bit about my experience.

I have to say, it was one of the best internships – and I’ve done a lot of those.

My tasks:

I sometimes had to fit the cliché and make coffee 😛 At 9.30 every morning I had to go to the post office and to the bank.

Most of the time I was proofreading various texts, once even an entire user’s manual.

When I found something “suspicious”, I was allowed to add a comment in the document and send it back to the translator, who then answered my question/corrected the corresponding part of the translation. This was the task I liked most! I deepened my knowledge of languages; it was interesting to learn how translators – native speakers – expressed certain phrases and which word they used for a certain term. Sometimes I added comments that didn’t necessarily relate to the text, I just wanted to know things like: “Could you also use that word instead of this word?” or “I’d write the place first, which possibility is more common?” I enjoyed discussing with the translators.

Proofreading was also a gain for my general knowledge. The texts I read were so diverse – from contracts and deeds to brochures about enterprises in the meat industry to articles about marketing and advertising.

Sometimes I had to do “blind proofreading”, i. e. proofreading a text in a language I don’t know and checking it for mistakes in numbers etc. This showed me once again how many different languages there are in the world. I often found similarities in certain languages, too.

Of course I was allowed to translate/prepare some texts myself 🙂

I also did internet research and updated the terminology databases.

AND I posted various articles here on the WORLD TEXT blog.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog entries!

I don’t know when the next intern will follow and if/how much they’ll post on here – but I’ll definitely stay tuned – and you should, too!!! 😛

If you’re interested in a WORLD TEXT internship yourself, don’t hesitate to contact them, they’ve had interns from all over the world: info@worldtext.com

Don’t forget to visit the website: www.worldtext.com

Yup, that was it.

Tschüss! Bye-bye! Adiós! Salut!

Hey everyone. Fips inspired me to post another blog entry about German idioms. Like you all know, we Germans are crazy about sausage (True? Another interesting blog entry will follow, so stay tuned!), so we also have many idoms about sausage.

I already posted – “Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei” and “noch in Abrahams Wurstkessel sein“. Let’s go on with…

1. Das ist (mir) (doch) wurst!!

Informal expression. Used a lot. Often pronounced “des is mir wurscht” (depends on the region I guess). I’d translate it as “I don’t give a ****”. If you want to be more polite, you say “Das ist (mir) egal” – “It doesn’t matter”/”I don’t care”.

2. Die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen

Literally “to play the offended liverwurst/liver sausage”. I found “to be a sorehead” as an appropriate translation.

3. Extrawurst

Means “a special/an additional sausage”. Either used as “jemandem eine Extrawurst braten” – “to fry a special/an additional sausage for someone” or “eine Extrawurst bekommen/kriegen” – “to get a special/an additional sausage”.

Example: “Alle anderen arbeiten bis 17 Uhr und du bekommst keine Extrawurst, nur weil du die Nichte vom Chef bist.” (“Everyone else works until 5 pm and you won’t get a special/an additional sausage just because you’re the boss’s niece.”)

4. Es geht um die Wurst

Literally „it’s going around the sausage“. For this I found “it’s neck or nothing” and “it’s crunch-time”.

5. herumwursteln/verwurstelt

I found “to muddle along” for “herumwursteln” and “tangled” for “verwurstelt” (informal for “verheddert”). I can’t find a German word which is more elegant and expresses exactly the same as ”herumwursteln”.

Example: “Ich habe mit all den Kabeln herumgwurstelt und am Ende waren sie alle verwurstelt.” (“I was sausaging around with all those cables, and at the end they were all miss-sausaged.”)

6. Wurstfinger

What’s the most common, ”fat fingers”? “Stubby fingers”? “Podgy fingers”? Anyways, not very nice :O

7. In der Not schmeckt die Wurst auch ohne Brot

Literally „In times of misery, the sausage tastes good even without bread”. Similar to “beggars can’t be choosers” and “Hunger makes hard beans sweet”.

8. Hanswurst/Hans Wurst

Literally “Hans Sausage”. Translation: “tomfool”. I’d say this expression is not very common. I guess almost everyone knows it, but it’s not used very often.

Example: “Was will dieser Hanswurst hier?!” (“What does this Hans Sausage want here?!”)

9. Wer anderen eine Bratwurst brät, hat ein Bratwurstbratgerät

Last but not least. This is a saying just for fun and derives from “The one who digs a pit will fall into it” (“Wer anderen eine Grube gräbt, fällt selbst hinein”). Is this a common idiom in English? If not, the equivalent is “Harm set harm get”.

So, back to the actual saying, the translation for this one is “The one who fries a bratwurst for others has a bratwurst-frying-device” 🙂

That’s the end of this blog entry and also of the “idiom series”, there’s gonna be something different next time!

(Something else, just for fun, to test how perfect your German is. I just found this, amazing :D)

  • Wer andern eine Bratwurst brät, hat ein Bratwurstbratgerät!
  • Wer anderen das Bratwurstbratgerät zersägt, hat ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerät
  • Wer anderen ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerät baut, hat meist ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerätbaugerät (umgangssprachlich: BWBGZGBG)
  • Wer anderen ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerätbaugerät zerstört, hat meist ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerätbaugerätzerstörgerät (umgangssprachlich: BWBGZGBGZG)
  • Wer anderen ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerätbaugerätzerstörgerät baut, hat meist ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerätbaugerätzerstörgerätbaugerät (umgangssprachlich: BWBGZGBGZGBG)
  • Wer anderen ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerätbaugerätzerstörgerätbaugerät zersägt, hat meist ein Bratwurstbratgerätzersäggerätbaugerätzerstörgerätbaugerätzersäggerät (umgangssprachlich: BWBGZGBGZGBGZG)

Hallo zusammen 🙂

It’s time for another blog entry. As German is my mother tongue and Fips has been the only person commenting on here (thank you :-)), I decided to post a second part of “Funny idioms – German”. Here we go.

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1. etwas in den Sand setzen

„to put sth in the sand“ -> to muck/mess something up

Example 1: „Jim has put the Math test in the sand.“

(Jim hat die Matheprüfung in den Sand gesetzt.)

Example 2: “The company has put €10,000 in the sand.”

(Die Firma hat 10.000 € in den Sand gesetzt.)

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2. auf dem Schlauch stehen

„to be standing on the hose“ -> to not get it/to be stuck/to get one’s wires crossed

I think it’s not a synonym to “only understand station”, because this “hose idiom” is used when something is really obvious/clear as daylight and everyone else has understood it.

Example: “Number ‘3’ is the correct answer?! … Oh gosh, of course!! I was completely standing on the hose!”

(Nummer 3 ist die richtige Antwort?! … Oh mann, natürlich!! Ich stand total auf dem Schlauch!“)

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3. sich etwas abschminken

„to take sth off“ („to remove one’s makeup“) -> synonym to “have cut oneself” -> to have to go without sth.

Example: “If you don’t study now, you can take off the party tonight!”

(Wenn du jetzt nicht lernst, kannst du dir die Party heute Abend abschminken!)

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4. noch in Abrahams Wurstkessel sein

„to be still in Abraham’s sausage pot” -> to be not yet born

Example: “When the war was taking place, you were still in Abraham’s sausage pot.”

(Als der Krieg war, warst du noch in Abrahams Wurstkessel.)

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5. in den sauren Apfel beißen

„to bite into the sour apple“ -> to swallow the bitter pill/to bite the bullet

Example: “I don’t want to spend the whole weekend working but I guess I’ll just have to bite into the sour apple.”

(Ich will nicht das ganze Wochenende mit arbeiten verbringen, aber ich denke da werde ich wohl in den sauren Apfel beißen müssen.)

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6. aus einer Mücke einen Elefanten machen

„to make an elephant out of a gnat” -> to make a mountain out of a molehill

Example: “The two friends argue a lot, mostly they make an elephant out of a gnat.”

(Die zwei Freunde streiten sich oft, meistens machen sie aus einer Mücke einen Elefanten.)

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7. auf Wolke Sieben schweben/sein

I know, Valentine’s Day is already over, but here the correspondent idiom!

“to float/be on cloud seven” -> to be on cloud nine

So as you see, Germans are 2 clouds below 😉 Is anyone on cloud eight? Hahaha!

Example: “She has a boyfriend now and she’s floating on cloud seven.”

(Sie hat jetzt einen Freund und schwebt auf Wolke sieben.)

Do you use the English version only for love or for happiness in general?

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8. zum Mäusemelken sein

„to be for mouse-milking“ -> “to be enough to make you crazy”

Example: “The computer program is hanging all the time – it’s for mouse-milking!”

(Das Computerprogramm hängt andauernd – es ist zum Mäusemelken!)

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9. auf der Matte stehen

„to stand on the mat“ -> to be on the spot and ready for action

Example: “For this job you have to stand on the mat at 4 am”.

(Für diesen Job musst du um 4 Uhr früh auf der Matte stehen.)

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10. nicht auf den Mund gefallen sein

„someone didn’t fall on his/her mouth“ -> to have a quick tongue/to have the gift of the gab

Example: “Sarah told them right away what things could be changed about the event. She really didn’t fall on her mouth.”

(Sarah hat ihnen gleich gesagt, was sie am Event ändern könnten. Sie ist wirklich nicht auf den Mund gefallen.)

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11. Bleib/Geh hin, wo der Pfeffer wächst!

„stay/go where the pepper grows“ -> go jump in the lake

Example: „It‘s really getting too colorful to me now. Do what you want and go where the pepper grows!”

(Das wird mir jetzt echt zu bunt. Mach was du willst und geh hin, wo der Pfeffer wächst!)

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12. die Sau rauslassen

„to let the sow out” -> to paint the town red

Example: “Our final exams are finally over. Let’s paint the town red tonight!”

(Unsere Abschlussprüfungen sind endlich vorbei. Lasst uns heute Abend die Sau rauslassen!)

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13. Das kommt nicht in die Tüte!

„This doesn’t come into the bag!” -> “This is out of the question!”; synonym to no. 3 “to take sth off”

Example: “You want to go to a party tonight?! After you put your Math test in the sand?! This doesn’t come into the bag!”

(Du willst heute Abend auf eine Party! Nachdem du deine Matheprüfung in den Sand gesetzt hast?! Das kommt nicht in die Tüte!)

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14. die Nase voll (von etwas) haben

„to have one’s nose full of sth” -> to be fed up with sth

Example: “I have my nose full of rising electricity prices!”

(Ich hab die Nase voll von steigenden Stromkosten!)

Instead of „nose“, you can also say „snout“, but this sounds way ruder.

That’s the end of this blog entry, I hope you liked it, please leave a comment (everyone :P).

Have a nice weekend!

Hey everyone. So today it’s time for the German idioms! Let’s start right off, I know you’re curious!! 🙂 Which of the following do you already know?

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1. sich in den Arsch/Hintern beißen

“to bite oneself in the ass/butt” -> to kick oneself (“ass” is more common, but also more colloquial)

Example: “I bought the product for 70 euros, and one shop later I saw exactly the same one, but for 52 euros only. I could bite myself in the butt!”

(Ich habe das Produkt für 70 Euro gekauft, und im Laden danach sah ich genau dasselbe, aber für nur 52 Euro. Ich könnte mich in den Arsch/Hintern beißen!)

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2. nur Bahnhof verstehen

“to only understand station” -> It’s all Greek to someone

Example: “The Math teacher was talking about the text problem, and we said ‘Could you explain it again, please? We only understand station!”

(Der Mathelehrer redete über die Sachaufgabe. Wir sagten „Könnten Sie es bitte nochmal erklären? Wir verstehen nur Bahnhof!“)

We have another idiom with a similar meaning: “It sounds Spanish to me”

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3. Hals- und Beinbruch!

“Neck and leg fracture!” -> Good luck!/Break a leg!

Example: “Neck and leg fracture for the job interview!”

(Hals- und Beinbruch für das Vorstellungsgespräch!)

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4. bekannt sein wie ein bunter Hund

„to be as known as a colorful dog” -> to be well-known/to be known all over the place

Example: “Everyone here knows him. He’s as known as a colorful dog.”

(Jeder hier kennt ihn. Er ist bekannt wie ein bunter Hund.)

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5. jemandem zu bunt werden

„to become/get too colorful to someone” -> to go too far/someone’s patience snaps

Example: “Normally our English teacher is a patient person, but that lesson was such a mess. He shouted ‘This is getting too colorful to me here, either you all shut up and do your work or there’ll be a hail of expulsions from school!’”

(Normalerweise ist unser Englischlehrer sehr geduldig, aber diese Stunde war total chaotisch. Er brüllte: „Das wird mir hier zu bunt, entweder seid ihr alle ruhig und macht eure Aufgaben oder es hagelt Verweise!“)

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6. einen Besen fressen

„to gorge a broom“ -> to eat one’s hat

Example: “If FC Nuremberg wins against Bayern Munich, I’ll gorge a broom!”

(Wenn der FC Nürnberg gegen Bayern München gewinnt, fresse ich einen Besen!)

(I think you use this idiom to say that, if something happens, you’ll be very surprised, but glad. (So I’d be very glad if Munich lost against Nuremberg :-))

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7. blau machen

“to do blue” -> to play hooky/take a mental health day/skip work

Example: “I don’t like going to school/work tomorrow. I think I’ll do blue for a day.”

(Ich habe morgen keine Lust auf Schule/Arbeit. Ich denke ich werde einen Tag blau machen.)

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8. (auf etwas) keinen Bock (mehr) haben

„to have no billy goat/buck… (anymore) (on something)” -> to not feel like something/someone can’t be bothered..

Similar to “keine Lust haben” (see above), but this one is stronger and much more colloquial. If you add the “mehr”/”anymore”, it means you don’t want to do something any longer

Example: “I don’t have a billy goat on this charade anymore, I’ll quit this job!”

(Ich habe keinen Bock mehr auf dieses Affentheater, ich kündige!)

Example 2: „Hector, don’t you want to play soccer with the other kids?“ – “Nope, no billy goat.”

(Hector, willst du nicht mit den anderen Kindern Fußball spielen? – Nee, keinen Bock.)

By the way, if someone is „bockig“ (“billy goat-ish”), s/he is stubborn/huffy

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9. Quatsch mit Soße

“nonsense with sauce” -> nonsense

Example: “Bayern Munich will win against Dortmund” – “Ahh, nonsense with sauce! Dortmund will win at least 2-o!“

(Bayern München wird gegen Dortmund gewinnen – Ach, Quatsch mit Soße! Dortmund gewinnt mit mindestens 2:0!)

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10. einen Vogel/eine Meise haben

„to have a bird/chickadee“ -> to be crazy/to be mentally irregular

Example: “You want to go outside in spite of the storm? Do you have a bird/chickadee?!”

A synonym for this idiom is “bei jemandem piept’s wohl”/”someone is making peeping noises”.

(Du willst nach draußen trotz des Sturms? Hast du nen Vogel/ne Meise?! or: Bei dir piept’s wohl!)

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11. ins Fettnäpfchen treten

„to step into the grease bowl” -> to commit a faux pas/to blunder/to make a fool of oneself

Example: “Applicants can step into many grease bowls during a job interview.”

(Beim Vorstellungsgespräch kann der Bewerber in viele Fettnäpfchen treten.)

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12. zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe schlagen

„to hit two flies with one swatter” -> to kill two birds with one stone

Example: “I’ll go jogging. That way I hit two flies with one swatter: I clear my mind and keep myself in shape.”

(Ich gehe joggen. So schlage ich zwei Fliegen mit einer Klatsche: Ich bekomme den Kopf frei und halte mich fit.)

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13. auf etwas Gift nehmen

„You can take poison on it!“ -> You can bet your life on it!

Example: “’Will Dortmund beat Bayern Munich tomorrow?’ – ‘You can take poison on it!’”

(„Wird Dortmund morgen gegen Bayern München gewinnen?” – „Darauf kannst du Gift nehmen!“)

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14. ins Gras beißen

„to bite the grass“ -> to bite the dust

Example: “At the end of the movie the killer had to bite the grass.”

(Am Ende des Films muste der Killer ins Gras beißen.)

A synonym is „den Löffel abgeben“ -> „to cede the spoon“

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15. (klar) auf der Hand liegen

“to lie (clearly) on the hand” -> to be obvious

Example: “It lies (clearly) on the hand that more and more customers purchase our products on the internet.”

(Es liegt (klar) auf der Hand, dass immer mehr Kunden unsere Produkte im Internet kaufen.)

We have another idiom with the same meaning: „to be as clear as dumpling soup”

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16. auf allen Hochzeiten tanzen

“You can’t dance at all weddings” -> You can’t be in two places at the same time

Example: “You want to go to your friend’s birthday party, you want to see the soccer match, but you also have to do your homework and practice for the English test – you can’t dance at all weddings!”

(Du willst zur Geburtstagsparty deiner Freundin, du willst das Fußballspiel sehen, aber du musst auch noch deine Hausaufgaben machen und für den Englischtest lernen – man kann nicht auf allen Hochzeiten tanzen!)

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17. auf dem Holzweg sein

„to be on the wood path“ -> to be mistaken

A synonym is „sich geschnitten haben“ -> „have cut oneself“

Example 1: “The people who think that the German idiom ‘have cut oneself’ has something to do with emos, are on the wood path.”

(Die Leute, die denken, dass die deutsche Redewendung “sich geschnitten haben“ etwas mit Emos zu tun hat, sind auf dem Holzweg.)

Example 2: “If you think that I’ll give you more pocket money now, you have cut yourself.”

(Wenn du denkst, dass ich dir jetzt mehr Taschengeld gebe, hast du dich geschnitten.)

I think you can’t translate these idioms with „You’re barking up the wrong tree“ because to me, the English version sounds like “You’re accusing the wrong person”, while the German idioms indicate expectations, especially the second one (see example 2). – If I’m on the wood path with the English one, let me know 😉

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18. einen Kater haben

“to have a tomcat” -> to have a hangover

Example: “Do you know a good way to prevent a tomcat?”

(Weißt du ein gutes Mittel, um einen Kater vorzubeugen?)

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19. jemanden/etwas durch den Kakao ziehen

„to pull somebody/something through the cocoa“ -> to make a fool of sb./sth., to ridicule sb./sth., to parody

Example: “In the comedy show they pulled many politicians through the cocoa”.

(In der Comedyshow haben sie viele Politiker durch den Kakao gezogen.)

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20. jemanden auf die Palme bringen

„to drive someone up the palm tree“ -> to drive someone up the wall/to drive someone mad/to make someone’s blood boil

Example: “Intolerant and dishonest people quickly drive me up the palm tree.”

(Intolerante und unehrliche Leute bringen mich schnell auf die Palme.)

Another idiom is „You’re getting on the cookie“/“You’re getting on the alarm clock“ = to bug sb./to get on someone’s nerves

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21. Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei.

“Everything has an end, only the sausage has two.”

Yup…like it says!

That’s the end of this blog entry, I hope you liked it!

 

Hey everyone! Long time, no blog entry. Sorry for that! I had a lot to do, especially last week. I had to proofread the translation (English -> German) for an entire user’s manual. It was quite interesting, especially writing comments and see what the translator says about them was a good experience. You always learn something new.

 

So, what do I have for you today? As the title says, I’m going to post some kind of “blog series” about idioms. Proverbs and idiomatic expressions never get boring. Let’s start!

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1. A bitter pill.

A situation that is unpleasant, but must be accepted.

Example: “Losing the championship to a younger player was a bitter pill to swallow.”

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2. Flash as a rat with a gold tooth. Australian expression.

Ostentatious. A man who tries hard to impress people by his appearance/behavior. In spite of a superficial smartness, he is not to be trusted. In spite of the gold tooth, he is still a rat.

Example: “You’re looking as flash as a rat with a gold tooth!”

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3. To make a good fist of… British & Australian. Old-fashioned.

To do something well; it’s generally used when the results are perhaps disappointing, but not because of the person’s efforts.

Example: “He made a good fist of explaining why we need to improve our public transport system.”/“He did those tasks for the first time, and although the results aren’t perfect, he made a good fist of it.“

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4. A hard/tough nut to crack.

Someone who is difficult to deal with because they are unpleasant or very determined to get what they want./A difficult problem to solve.

Example: “It won’t be easy getting her approval; she’s a tough nut to crack.”

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5. On tap.

available, ready, to be expected, on the schedule

Example: “What’s on tap for today?”

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6. To raise hell.

to complain in a loud and angry way/American: to behave in a noisy or wild way, upsetting other people

Example: “She raised hell when she realized her office had no windows.”/”Some kids were raising hell in the street.”

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7. To grin like a Cheshire cat.

to grin/smile broadly, showing one’s teeth

Example: “When she walked in grinning like a Cheshire cat, I knew that she got the job.”

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8. The worm has turned.

Someone who was always weak and did what he was told has now become strong and confident.

Example: “Yesterday, she just came in and told him to stop bossing her around. The worm has turned!“

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9. To pick someone’s brains.

to ask for information or advice from someone who knows more about a subject than you do.

Example: “The new employee was working for our main competitor before coming here, so the boss has been picking his brains to find out what they’re doing over there.”

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10. To blow one’s own horn/trumpet.

American & Australian: to blow one’s own horn. British & Australian: to blow one’s own trumpet.

to tell other people how good and successful you are

Example: “She’s one of the best journalists we’ve got, although she’d never blow her own horn/trumpet.”

Last but not least ~

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11. To pay through the nose.

to pay too much for something

Example: “If you want a decent wine in a restaurant, you have to pay through the nose for it.”

There are dozens of idioms, I just picked some of them. I hope you liked this blog entry! More languages to follow ~

Hello, it’s me, Madeleine, the new intern at WORLD TEXT.

I’m going through some files and found some interesting texts. I found gap fill tests on English business expressions. I already learned some of them during my apprenticeship as foreign langauge correspondent, but most of the idioms are new to me. So I’ve decided to list them (English -> German). 

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to be hard-nosed -> kompromisslos/pragmatisch/abgebrüht sein
Example: „He’s the perfect person to take on this job. He’s a really hard-nosed person and won’t stand for any nonsense.“
2.
fat cats -> überbezahlter Topmanager/Bonze/Geldsack
Example: „We have to work hard for our money while the fat cats in the city make money doing very little.“
3.
high flyer/high-flyer -> Aktie mit extremem Wertanstieg/Senkrechtstarter/Höhenflieger
Example: „She’s obviously going to get a job soon. She’s a real high-flyer.“
4.
to do a roaring trade -> ein Bomben-/Riesengeschäft machen
Example: „The product has been a great success. We’re doing a roaring trade in it.“
5.
to cook the books -> die Bilanzen/(Bücher) verschleiern/fälschen
Example: „Their accounts were completely phoney. They had been cooking the books for years.“
6.
earth-shattering -> weltbewegend/welterschütternd
Example: „Well I’m not surprised they’re in a mess. It’s not exactly earth-shattering news.“
7.
big fish in a little pond -> „großer Fisch in kleinem Teich“; siehe auch „Fischteicheffekt“
Example: „He thinks he is really important, but he is just a big fish in a little pond.“
8.
to run a tight ship -> den Laden fest im Griff haben
Example: „She’s an excellent manager. She runs a really tight ship.“
9.
to make a killing -> ein Riesengeschäft machen/abkassieren/einen Mordsgewinn machen
Example: „I bought them cheap and sold them for a lot. I really made a killing.“
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golden handshake -> goldener Handschlag/hohe Abfindung
Example: „Tom was forced to leave his job, but he got a very generous golden handshake.“
11.
to have one’s hand in the till -> sich an der Kasse/am Geld des Arbeitgebers vergreifen
Example: „The accountant had stolen a lot of money. He had had his hand in the till for years.“
12.
to be a big shot -> ein hohes Tier sein
Example: „John doesn’t look very impressive, but he’s one of the big shots in this industry.“
13.
to hang up one’s hat -> seine Arbeit niederlegen
Example: „I’ve had enough. I’m going to hang up my hat and retire.“
14.
money-spinner -> Renner/Kassenschlager
Example: „You can make a lot of money selling this product. It’s a real money-spinner.“
15.
to stay ahead of the pack -> der Konkurrenz immer eine Nasenlänge voraus sein
Example: „If you want to succeed in the business, you need to always stay ahead of the pack.
16.
to drive a hard bargain -> hart verhandeln
Example: „It’s hard doing business with Maggie. She drives a hard bargain.“
17.
to corner the market -> den Markt beherrschen
Example: „He’s the only person who imports this product. He has really cornered the market.“
18.
to cut a deal -> einen Kompromiss eingehen/eine Vereinbarung treffen
Example: „We’re both competing for the same business. Perhaps we can cut a deal to share out the work.“
19.
to be on the make -> auf Geld aus sein/profitgierig/karrieresüchtig sein
Example: „I wouldn’t trust Harry an inch. He’s definitely someone who is on the make.“
20.
to make it -> es schaffen
Example: „Now that I’ve got a million pounds/dollars in savings, I really feel I’ve made it.“

 

 

My name is Madeleine and I come from Bavaria, Germany.

I’m doing an internship here at WORLD TEXT from Jan 07 until March 30. I can speak German, English, Spanish and French. I’m a foreign language correspondent and as I haven’t gained any job experience so far, I hope to improve my language skills and learn new things here at WORLD TEXT. I’m writing in English because I hope to get more people interested in this translation firm 🙂 Especially when you’re from abroad, an internship at WORLD TEXT is a great opportunity to perfect your German and learn more about our country, Schwerin and its magnificent castle.

My grandmother’s relatives live here and they told me about the firm, that’s how I heard about WORLD TEXT. Regarding accommodation, there are many facilities where you can stay (at a reasonable price) – now I have to do proofreading (Spanish -> German), so see you later!!!