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.
Below you can find a list with 30 important proverbs!
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|
Learning the proverbs in German is quite difficult! Therefore you should try out our exercises!
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