Hallo! This week, we’re going to be diving into a few animal-related German Idioms (also known as ‘speakwords’). If you’re a newcomer and are staring at the article title thinking, “What in the world are these ‘Speakwords’ you keep talking about?”, then you should visit the very first article in the series to find out.
Did you know that German is the most widely spoken language in the EU, and one of the most widely spoken languages (10th, in fact) in the world? They’re famous for forming exceptionally long words such as “Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz”, a 63-letter beast meaning “Beef labeling regulation and delegation of supervision law”. But, if you try naming your child something like that, the German government have the power to veto it. Luckily for us, none of these German idioms are ridiculously long.
They are, however, ridiculously fun!
Camels with Needles
Moths in Your Head
A fish dish without butter is incomplete. In other words, don’t bother with the short story – we want all the nitty gritty information! A version of this idiom that you might’ve heard of before is, “spill the beans!”.