How to: German Slang

​Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to respond politely to many questions by saying ‘sausage’. It appears that what makes sense in German as slang phrases makes little to no sense when translated to English thereby producing endless amusement and sausages. ‘Wurst’ – which LouLou tells me is slang for ‘dont worry about it’ but as many of you know literally translates as ‘sausage’ began a lesson in German phrases that have become my favourite terms. 

Here’s hoping that LouLou wasn’t just using my German language naivety to make up potential offensive statements for the foolish Australians to throw wildly into conversations with the locals.

So here’s a few examples that you too can give a go next time your at your local bier hall…


Slang for: ‘it doesn’t matter’ 

Literal translation: sausage

‘Das is night mein Bier’

Slang for: it’s not my thing/I don’t like it

Literal translation: it’s not my beer

‘Holla die Waldfee!’

Slang for: ‘oh my goodness!’

Literal translation: Holla (call) the wood fairy!

‘ich glaub ich Spinne!’

Slang for: I think I’m going crazy/I can’t believe this

Literal translation: I think I’m spider!

‘Spargel Tarzan’

Slang for: a really skinny person

Literal translation: asparagus Tarzan

‘Alter Schwede’

Slang for: whoa!

Literal translation: old Swedish guy

‘Sau gut’

Slang for: really good

Literal translation: pig good

And so there you have it, only the most important phrases to know when in Germany, it’s Sau Gut.


6 thoughts on “How to: German Slang

  1. Dear Granddaughter,

    Thank you very much for all your interesting news. Dad, H and O are here doing some work for me. So very good. Tons of love.



  2. Well, not quite… 🙂
    *Das ist nicht mein Bier!” is to say “It’s none of my business.” In older dictionaries it is rendered as “That’s not my funeral.” (Or *It’s your funeral!” depending on context.)
    I never heard anyone say “Wurst” just by itself. The idiom is “Das ist mir Wurst!” (It’s all the same to me), often as an reaction to being asked how you feel about something.
    *Ich glaub, ich spinne!* is to express that you just can’t believe what you hear or see. Spinne (with a capital S) is a noun meaning spider, but *ich spinne* is a verb (to spin).
    Hope you don’t mind. Anyway, I don’t think anyone would guess what you’re driving at if you just said “Wurst” all the time. Context is everything, as usual. 🙂


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