Learning German has been a very hard journey, but also a very fun one! Often exhausted by learning the grammar, I have always been rewarded with new words and expressions which are not translatable or do not even exist in other languages.

Are you getting old and are a little worried about all the things you may be missing out on as time is running out...? Then you may have Torschlusspanik (closing-gate panic). Did someone make a fool of themselves and you feel deeply embarrassed for them? Then you're probably experiencing Fremdschämen (exterior shame).

Learning literal meanings of words put a smile on my face and inspired me to illustrate some of them. Let me share my 12 favorite words, which are just the tip of the iceberg!

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#1

Why Is The Slug Embarrassed? Because It's A Naked Snail!

Why Is The Slug Embarrassed? Because It's A Naked Snail!

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Csaba Hegedűs
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2 months ago

We call them so in Hungarian too!

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#2

Lightbulb Is Actually A Glowing Pear. Can't Disagree!

Lightbulb Is Actually A Glowing Pear. Can't Disagree!

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Jellie Snijders
Community Member
2 months ago

Hold on in dutch its often called a peertje too!

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#3

Kiss A Toad And Turn It Into A Prince Or Give It A Shield And Make It A Turtle!

Kiss A Toad And Turn It Into A Prince Or Give It A Shield And Make It A Turtle!

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Valquerys
Community Member
2 months ago

Kiss it! It’ll turn into your prince in slimy armour!

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#4

Now That's A Good Excuse To Get An Extra Pair Of Shoes!

Now That's A Good Excuse To Get An Extra Pair Of Shoes!

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Woets
Community Member
2 months ago

Same in Dutch :) (handschoenen = hand shoes)

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#5

Animals Indeed Have A Special Place In The German Language!

Animals Indeed Have A Special Place In The German Language!

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Katrin P.
Community Member
2 months ago

Just to be clear. Drahtesel is not the German word for bike ( that's Fahrrad, or Rad) , it's a nickname for bikes.

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#6

Who Is This In My Ear Singing The Same Rihanna?

Who Is This In My Ear Singing The Same Rihanna?

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GFSTaylor
Community Member
2 months ago

That's just a German version of an English language expression.

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#7

1 Cheese, 2 Cheese, 3 Cheese...

1 Cheese, 2 Cheese, 3 Cheese...

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Heike
Community Member
2 months ago

It's not the word for small child - that would be Kleinkind (small=klein, child=Kind)

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#8

Are You Bored? Then Maybe It's Time For New Jeans!

Are You Bored? Then Maybe It's Time For New Jeans!

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a common phrase coming from teenage slang in the 80s. It's also a synonym for male impotence.

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#9

Next Time You Do The Dishes, Say Hello To The Water Rooster!

Next Time You Do The Dishes, Say Hello To The Water Rooster!

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Heike
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, its correct: Back in the centuries the water taps there shaped like roosters: Albrecht_D...roject.jpg Albrecht_DC3BCrer_-_The_MenE28099s_Bath_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

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#10

They Might Be Called Such, But I'd Advise You Not To Try To Ride Them

They Might Be Called Such, But I'd Advise You Not To Try To Ride Them

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Ian Bearpark
Community Member
2 months ago

River Horse surely? Fluss = River. Which means it's the same as Hippopotamus, which is just greek for River Horse. English speakers just trying to be fancy. :p

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#11

The Next Time You Plan To Jump The Queue, Remember What You're Dealing With!

The Next Time You Plan To Jump The Queue, Remember What You're Dealing With!

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Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
2 months ago

Typical false friend. How many times have students told me that there was a snake in front of the counter and they stood there and had to wait...

#12

Tornado's Trousers Will Blow Your Shoes Off!

Tornado's Trousers Will Blow Your Shoes Off!

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 months ago

after one too many bratworst?

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