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Popular German idioms involving children

  • February 01, 2023

Anyone learning a foreign language knows “you should not translate idioms literally,” says Rolf-Bernhard Essig in his most recent book about phrases and idioms, “Phoenix aus der Asche” (Phoenix from the Ashes).

Idioms are too peculiar to the respective language to undergo a straight translation, says the German author, literary critic and lecturer.

That is certainly true, too, for popular German idioms involving children — click through the picture gallery above to learn what they really mean.

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