Everyday Germany

Shaun + Nina

Common things Germans say and do, and what they mean

"That's why you're married"

2023-04-21 40 min

Description & Show Notes

Episode previously released on The Germany Experience in March 2021.

The original show notes from The Germany Experience:

The Germans have certain words, sayings, and gestures that they do very often, often without even thinking about it. And some of these things can be very confusing to people new in Germany. For example:  you'll often hear "Oh je" or "So!" in a conversation.

Nina tries to explain some of these mannerisms to help us understand what they mean.

Watch this interview on YouTube to see all the gestures.

The German podcast that Nina and I had: Listen to the show 

We discuss:
  • Pech gehabt/selber Schuld
  • Oh je!
  • Tja!
  • So!
  • Na?
  • Two different "Hmmm" sounds
  • Boah!
  • Drücken die Daumen and "Toi toi toi!"
  • The windshield wiper gesture ("Bist du bescheuert?")
  • Rubbing fingers together
  • Pulling on the eye 
  • Jein
  • Knocking on the table to applaud

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