My 12 Illustrations Of Literal Word Meanings Will Show You The Fun Side Of The German Language

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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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 1 week ago

We call them so in Hungarian too! 12 replyView more comments #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 6 days ago

Hold on in dutch its often called a peertje too! 12 replyView More Replies…View more comments #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 1 week ago

Kiss it! It’ll turn into your prince in slimy armour! 15 replyView more comments #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 1 week ago

Same in Dutch 🙂 (handschoenen = hand shoes) 13 replyView More Replies…View more comments https://ae0e4c65bc60d9260e928066f1a13667.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html #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. 1 week ago

Just to be clear. Drahtesel is not the German word for bike ( that’s Fahrrad, or Rad) , it’s a nickname for bikes. 61 replyView More Replies…View more comments #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 1 week ago

That’s just a German version of an English language expression. 7 replyView More Replies…View more comments #7

1 Cheese, 2 Cheese, 3 Cheese…

1 Cheese, 2 Cheese, 3 Cheese...

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Heike 6 days ago

It’s not the word for small child – that would be Kleinkind (small=klein, child=Kind) 6 replyView More Replies…View more comments #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. 6 days ago

It’s a common phrase coming from teenage slang in the 80s. It’s also a synonym for male impotence. 14 replyView More Replies…View more comments #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 6 days ago

Well, its correct: Back in the centuries the water taps there shaped like roosters: Albrecht_D…roject.jpg 9 replyView More Replies…View more comments #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 1 week 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 26 replyView More Replies…View more comments #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 6 days 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… 8 reply #12

Tornado’s Trousers Will Blow Your Shoes Off!

Tornado's Trousers Will Blow Your Shoes Off!

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Andrew Gibb 1 week ago

after one too many bratworst? 5 replyView more comments

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