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German Idioms [Paperback]

Henry Strutz
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April 1 2010 Barron's Foreign Language Guides
More than 2,000 German idioms are listed with their English language meanings in this updated edition. Each entry defines the idiom and presents an idiomatic phrase in a model sentence in both German and English. This pocket-size book makes a handy classroom supplement and a valuable traveler's companion. The book's clear vinyl jacket adds a measure of protection when it's carried around in travel situations.

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More than 2,000 German idioms are listed with their English language meanings in this updated edition. Each entry defines the idiom and presents an idiomatic phrase in both German and English model sentences. This pocket-size book makes a handy classroom supplement and a valuable traveler's companion.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Contains some nice bits April 25 2002
By Emberek
Format:Paperback
Arranged alphabetically by relevant word, this book contains some interesting idioms. Some of the idioms have a historical or cultural basis, but this isn't explained, so the curious student would have to follow up in a heavier and more expensive reference work--for example the big "Wahrig" German-to-German unilingual dictionary. For example, "German Idioms" lists "nach Adam Riese" 'according to Adam Riese' as an idiom meaning "exactly" (i.e., as when you're confident you've added a column of figures correctly), but doesn't say who A.R. was; the big Wahrig does this, however briefly. The same goes for "nullachtfuenfzehn" (meaning "no great shakes," Wahrig explains it comes from the standard dimensions of an ordinary German apartment). However, "Lieschen Mueller" is in the idioms book but not in Wahrig. So, I'd say the idioms book is good as a scholarly provocation but not as a scholarly fulfillment; but for that reason alone it's good value for the money and should be amusing for the advanced student of German.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When I just can't find the words.... March 29 2000
By A Customer
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I am a high school German teacher. In Henry Strutz's German Idioms I found a wonderful reference book that has provided me as well as my students with the appropriate expressions in German in many subject areas. The 2000 idioms cover a wide range of subjects including the expression that Germans hold their thubms for luck: "den Daumen druecken"- while we cross our fingers. If you are looking for a book that will help you grasp a general knowledge of German, this is not the book for you. The reader with a basic knowledge of German will be able to use the English and German indexes in the back to look up key words to find idioms on specific topics. Sometimes its difficult to know what keyword to look up in order to find an idiom on a specific subject. This is a better book for those who are interested in finding the English equivalents of German idioms, not the other way around. There are many funny idioms that have made learning new vocabulary for my students as well as myself much more enjoyable. The book is definately worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contains some nice bits April 25 2002
By Emberek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Arranged alphabetically by relevant word, this book contains some interesting idioms. Some of the idioms have a historical or cultural basis, but this isn't explained, so the curious student would have to follow up in a heavier and more expensive reference work--for example the big "Wahrig" German-to-German unilingual dictionary. For example, "German Idioms" lists "nach Adam Riese" 'according to Adam Riese' as an idiom meaning "exactly" (i.e., as when you're confident you've added a column of figures correctly), but doesn't say who A.R. was; the big Wahrig does this, however briefly. The same goes for "nullachtfuenfzehn" (meaning "no great shakes," Wahrig explains it comes from the standard dimensions of an ordinary German apartment). However, "Lieschen Mueller" is in the idioms book but not in Wahrig. So, I'd say the idioms book is good as a scholarly provocation but not as a scholarly fulfillment; but for that reason alone it's good value for the money and should be amusing for the advanced student of German.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When I just can't find the words.... March 29 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a high school German teacher. In Henry Strutz's German Idioms I found a wonderful reference book that has provided me as well as my students with the appropriate expressions in German in many subject areas. The 2000 idioms cover a wide range of subjects including the expression that Germans hold their thubms for luck: "den Daumen druecken"- while we cross our fingers. If you are looking for a book that will help you grasp a general knowledge of German, this is not the book for you. The reader with a basic knowledge of German will be able to use the English and German indexes in the back to look up key words to find idioms on specific topics. Sometimes its difficult to know what keyword to look up in order to find an idiom on a specific subject. This is a better book for those who are interested in finding the English equivalents of German idioms, not the other way around. There are many funny idioms that have made learning new vocabulary for my students as well as myself much more enjoyable. The book is definately worth the money.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idioms in one place Oct. 13 2008
By Clement E. Goergen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Since German is a very idiomatic language, such a book as "German Idioms" is an extremely useful tool. It makes it much easier to find any idiomatic use of a particular word along with examples.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another of the ways to learn Aug. 6 2013
By Tom Yori - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes I just pick this up and browse it; sometimes I refer to a particular phrase I've encountered; sometimes I use the English appendix to see if German has an equivalent. Idioms are where a language comes alive; you have to hear them to really hear the music of another land. Naturally this is an imperfect and incomplete tool, but its plastic binding will weather a lot of travel in your pocket. A useful book to include in your language learning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun, but printed is better than Kindle edition March 20 2012
By MoreTech - Published on Amazon.com
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For people studying German and looking to learn more German idioms, this is an inexpensive and fun book to browse. I bought the Kindle edition, and it looks fine there, but this sort of book is not "a long read" -- you typically don't read it from first page to last, which is what the Kindle was designed for. Instead, you typically browse through it, skipping chunks of pages to find a random new expression, or you check the index for a keyword. The Kindle edition of this book's index is not set up to link directly to the target page, so it is slow and awkward to use the book that way.

But I like the book, so I'm buying the paper edition from Amazon, and I'll skip other similar reference books in the Kindle library.
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