English Sayings

  1. #1 English Sayings
    Philip

    English Sayings

    Hi :-)

    I reconed in my company that Germans tend to translate their sayings into English literally when talking to their US-colleagues.
    Sentences like "They also only cook with water" or "We are all on the same steamer here" can leed to strange situations in meetings..... ;-)
    So, to avoid such situations myself I would like to learn "real" English (US) sayings and their meaning + when to use them.
    Anyone interested in starting a collection of the best ones here?

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  3. #2 English Sayings
    STEELTIGER
    Cool idea!!

    "Excuse my french" when using "bad" words or "just my 2 cents" meaning that' just my humble opinion.

    "Just between you, me and the four walls (or those 2 desks, etc.....)" when meaning to speak honestly about an issue with somenone.

    ST.

  4. #3 English Sayings
    Philip
    Zitat Zitat von STEELTIGER Beitrag anzeigen
    Cool idea!!

    "Excuse my french" when using "bad" words or "just my 2 cents" meaning that' just my humble opinion.

    "Just between you, me and the four walls (or those 2 desks, etc.....)" when meaning to speak honestly about an issue with somenone.

    ST.

    Hey, the French thingy was completely new to me, thanks :-)

    "To add fuel to the flames" - exists very similar in German, just we do it with Oil :-)
    "native speaker" - Muttersprachler
    "We worked our butt off" - We worked extremely hard
    "Golden handshake" - severence payment
    "A white elephant" - Extremely costly project that does not pay off at all. Usually a personal favorite of your CEO and therefore untouchable.

  5. #4 English Sayings
    Ruffie
    "to make a mountain out of a molehill" - german equivalent: aus ner mücke nen elefanten machen

  6. #5 English Sayings
    geoduck
    Zitat Zitat von Philip Beitrag anzeigen
    Hey, the French thingy was completely new to me, thanks :-)

    "To add fuel to the flames" - exists very similar in German, just we do it with Oil :-)
    "native speaker" - Muttersprachler
    "We worked our butt off" - We worked extremely hard
    "Golden handshake" - severence payment
    "A white elephant" - Extremely costly project that does not pay off at all. Usually a personal favorite of your CEO and therefore untouchable.
    a white elephant can also mean that somebody gave you a really ugly or an unsuitable present.
    Some groups have "white elephant sales" where on can get rid of one's white elephant.
    which leads to another saying: one person's white elephant is another person's treasure.

  7. #6 English Sayings
    Gast26218
    "burning midnight oil" - bis spaet in die nacht arbeiten (weiss ich leider aus erfahrung)

  8. #7 English Sayings
    Kelly
    He's a bull in a china shop.... Imagine a 300-pound football player at a tea party, and you have a bull in a china shop.

  9. #8 English Sayings
    Kelly
    He fell off the wagon......he was drunk (again)

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