This is a book of some
of the most common German idioms. There are over 500 expressions
organized in useful categories such as 'Anger, Annoyance, Irritation,'
'Criticism,' 'Enjoyment, Happiness, Pleasure,' and many more. Each
idiom has its English equivalent, although there is no literal translation.
To show the correct use of the idiom in context, a sample sentence
and an English translation are given. Expressions that are particularly
informal have been marked with the abbreviation 'coll.' for 'colloquial.'
Visually, each idiom is presented with a highlighted 'keyword' next
to it: for instance, 'kurz und gut' (in a nutshell) has 'kurz' as its
keyword. At the end of the book, these German keywords are arranged
in alphabetical order so that you can look up the idioms this way.
There is also a similar index of English keywords.
A fascinating feature of this text is that some idioms have their origin
explained. This is an interesting insight into how these expressions
came about and an original addition that books on idioms don't usually