• German course for beginners
  • 1 The German alphabet [0/2]
  • 2 German greetings (Hello in German) [0/3]
  • 3 Introduction in german (talking about yourself) [0/2]
  • 4 Counting in German (cardinal and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 5 The Time in German (hours and minutes in German) [0/3]
  • 6 Days of the weeks, months and seasons in German [0/3]
  • 7 Colours in German (blue, green, yellow...) [0/3]
  • 8 Asking for directions in German [0/3]
  • 9 The weather in German (sun, rain, temperature...) [0/3]
  • 10 Family members in German (parents, siblings...) [0/3]
  • 11 Body parts in German [0/3]
  • 12 Countries in German (Europe, Asia, Africa, America) [0/5]
  • 13 Ordering in Germany (restaurant, waiter, dinner) [0/3]
  • 14 German travel phrases [0/3]
  • 15 Grocery shopping in Germany [0/3]
  • 16 German proverbs [0/3]
  • 17 Animal names in German (pets, mammals, birds, ...) [0/4]
  • 18 Clothing in German (shoes, accessories, ...) [0/2]
  • 19 Happy birthday in German (parties and congratulations) [0/3]
  • 20 I love you in German (emotions and feedback) [0/3]
  • 21 Needs and opinions in German (polite requests) [0/4]
  • 22 Hobbies in German (sports and games) [0/3]
  • 23 House, room, furniture vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 24 Descriptions in German (appearance and characteristics) [0/5]
  • 25 Business vocabulary in German (work and negotiations) [0/3]
  • 26 Going to the doctor and health vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 27 School vocabulary in German (subjects and persons) [0/3]
  • 28 Places of interest German (post office, infrastructure) [0/3]
  • 29 Nature words in German (parks and outdoor) [0/2]
  • German proverbs

    German proverbs about life

    In this lesson you will learn the best known and most common proverbs in German! But first of all, what is a proverb? It is a short popular saying that expresses some commonplace truth.

    List of German proverbs

    Below you can find a list with 30 important proverbs! 

    English German

    1) Like father, like son

    Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm

    2) Out of sight, out of mind

    Aus den Augen, aus dem Sinn

    3) Don't make a mountain out of a molehill

    Aus einer Mücke einen Elefanten machen                                             
    4) Barking dogs seldom bite Bellende Hunde beißen nicht

    5) All beginnings are difficult

    Aller Anfang ist schwer

    6) All good things come in threes

    Aller guten Dinge sind drei
    7) You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours Eine Hand wäscht die andere
    8) Appearances deceive Der Schein trügt
    9) Better late than never Besser zu spät als nie
    10) When in Rome, do as the Romans do Andere Länder, andere Sitten
    11) The early bird catches the worm  Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund
    12) All in good time Alles zu seiner Zeit
    13) Many roads lead to Rome Viele Wege führen nach Rom
    14) Pride goes before a fall Hochmut kommt vor dem Fall

    15) Every man is the architect of his own fortune

    Jeder ist seines Glückes Schmied
    16) Harm set, harm get Wer andern eine Grube gräbt, fällt selbst hinein
    17) Lies soon catch up with one Lügen haben kurze Beine
    18) In for a penny, in for a pound Wer A sagt, muss auch B sagen
    19) Practice makes perfect Übung macht den Meister
    20) Bad weeds grow tall Unkraut vergeht nicht
    21) He who laughs last laughs best Wer zuletzt lacht, lacht am besten
    22) The exception proves the rule Die Ausnahme bestätigt die Regel
    23) Where there's a will, there's a way Wo ein Wille ist, ist auch ein Weg
    24) Old flames never die Alte Liebe rostet nicht
    25) Still waterns run deep Stille Wasser gründen tief
    26) Speak of the devil ... Wenn man vom Teufel spricht ...
    27) Nothing ventured,  nothing gained Wer nicht wagt, der nicht gewinnt
    28) All that glitters is not gold Es ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt
    29) Nothing comes from nothing Von nichts kommt nichts
    30) A shut mouth catches no flies Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist Gold


    yes Learning the proverbs in German is quite difficult! Therefore you should try out our exercises!


    Translate these proverbs into German part 1

    Translate these proverbs into German part 2

    German proverbs: Multiple Choice Exercise