If you are stuck in the streets of Berlin and can’t figure out what people are saying, you’d probably find some slang expressions pretty helpful. Here are some to learn:

Auf dicke Hose machen

This is used when somebody acts like they are stronger or wealthier than others. Literally translates “act like you have huge pants”.

Gebongt sein

It means that a deal is settled. A “bon” is the receipt you take when you buy something. Something “gebongt” means agreed or booked.

Was geht ab?

It’s the equivalent of “What’s up?” in English. “Was geht” is the even shorter version used by teenagers.

Is a greeting which means “hello” and “what are you doing?” at the same time. It’s also used along with “gehts” and some greeting words like “Na, alles gut?” to ask the other person “how are you doing?”

Nicht alle Tassen im Schrank haben

It means you are crazy. Literally: You don’t have all the cups in your cupboard.

Bock haben

Means being in good mood. When they say “Null bock” means they are in a bad mood.

Die Nase voll haben

Literally means “to have your nose full” and it refers to having enough of something that you are starting to lose your interest in the matter completely.


Is a German slang version of “to chill” in English, meaning to hang out, have fun.

Aus der Reihe tanzen

Refers to those people who like to stay off the line, acting differently compared to the rest. It may also have a positive meaning for someone who is just minding his own business.

Germany some interesting facts 

Germany has a rich culture and for centuries it has been a land of intellectuals influencing and shaping not just the culture of the old continent of Europe, but the culture of the whole globe.

Germany, with over 81 million residents, is the second most populated country in Europe just behind Russian federation . 91% of the population is German, while Turkish are the biggest minority group with 2.4%. 70% identify themselves as Christians, 3.7% are declared as Muslims, while the rest are don’t belong to a religion or have a religion other than Christian or Muslim.

Germans are known as hard-workers. They admire precision and don’t like excuses or making jokes out of them. Their attitude is cold and may seem unfriendly at first, but they are good people. They love food, so it’s not surprising they have a lot traditional dishes. Their favourite drink is beer. Germans annual consumption of beer per capita is 106 litters, third worldwide. Germany produces more than 300 varieties of baked bread.

Octoberfest, the greatest event of their favourite drink, the beer, is one of the many events that are held in Germany. Berlin Film Festival brings together film and art celebrities from all the world.

Germans are very good at construction and automotive industries, making them one of the toughest competitors worldwide in these fields. Their impact and presence in historical architecture is all over Europe (Romanesque buildings, Gothics, Classicists, Baroque, Rococos and Renascences). Mostly there are old castles and religion objects. The tallest church in Germany is the Cathedral of Ulm 161.53 meters high.

The homeland of many famous intellectual people who left their mark in history, that they gave to the world, are people like Einstein and Mozart. Germany is known as Das Land der Dichter und Denker (the country of poets and thinkers).

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