Top 10 German Slangs / Phrases that are Really Popular

If you are taking German Language Course in Delhi, you might probably be preparing to study in Germany or a sudden interest in the German language might have arisen in you.

Irrespective of the reasons, if you are interested in the German language, then you must also pay some attention to the German slangs or phrases that German people use in their day-to-day life.

  1. Auf dicke Hose mache

The meaning of this phrase is “To act as if you have fat pants”. This phrase generally refers to those people who boast about their personal things such as money or possessions. Simply stating, they try to show themselves far superior than they actually are in real life.

  1. Was gehtab?

This phrase refers to the common phrase English-speaking people use in their daily life i.e. “What’s up/ what’s happening”? This is actually very informal way to ask someone about their well-being but it is widely used in Germany and generally the young people are more prone to use such phrase.

  1. Gebongtsein

The receipt of a shop from where you buy something is known as “Bon” in German.This phrase is used when you have settledon any kind of agreement. For instance, if you and your friends have decided on which to watch, or if you have made a reservation on a restaurant, such kind of agreement is referred as ‘gebongt’.

  1. Na?

It is the way of asking someone about their well-being. It is the shortest word in German which means “Hello” or “How are you doing”?

  1. Bock haben

This phrase describes the feeling of somebody who is interested to do something or does have the mood to do it. The phrase can also be carried out in a negative way such as if you are not in the mood or disinterested in doing a particular thing.

  1. NichtalleTassenimSchrankhaben

This phrase literally means “if you still had all your cups in the cabinet” which actually refers to a person asking another person if he has lost his mind.

  1. Die Nasevollhaben

The meaning of this phrase is “to have your nose full” which in reality means to feel fed up of something or if you have had enough of something.

  1. Chillen

As the English-speaking people often say “Chill”, the Germans also frequently make use of the word ‘Chillen’ which in German means ‘to relax, hang out or rest’.

  1. Einendicken Hals haben/ bekommen

The phrase describes the person who is infuriated to a great extent. For example, if a person’s face and eyes get red because of anger, this phrase is easily appropriate for such a person.

  1. Aus der Reihetanzen

The true meaning of this phrase is ‘to dance outside the line’ but this phrase refers to those people who behave in a different way than the others. It can be stated in both positive and negative manners. For instance, if someone is doing something out-of-the-box for good, or someone who is walking in a bad path, this phrase is apt for both the situations.


While taking classes in the German Language Institute in Delhi, you might be able to learn the basics of the German language but, to know something besides the real German education, you must get a hold of the above-stated phrases/ slangs.

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