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Guide to German Idioms
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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 have.

 

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This book is in pocket format, but has plenty of German inside. There are over 2,000 idioms that include anything from simple prepositions to full sentences and popular sayings. As a matter of fact, verbs and prepositions that are used together like 'warten auf' (to wait for) are presented here as 'idioms' although this is not always the way they are taught in language courses.
The idioms are listed only in alphabetical order. Each German entry has its English translation and the various expressions are accompanied by the appropriate English equivalents. There is also a German sentence with an English translation to explain how to use the words in context.
The book also offers lists of German and English abbreviations with their translations and tables of weights and measures in the two languages. At the back, you can look up all the idioms in either the English or the German index.

 

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