You Know You Are Truly German…


…When the phrases listed below make you laugh (or cringe).

Every language has its proverbs.  Some well-known English ones include:

  • “The early bird catches the worm.”
  • “Too many cooks spoil the broth.”


  • “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

Here are some examples that we are familiar with in the German culture:

  • “Aus den Augen, aus dem Sinn.”
  • “Kommt Zeit, kommt Rat.”


  • “Alle guten Dinge sind drei.”

Now, some of these proverbs can be easily translated into the other language.  But there are certain ones that just sound silly if you do translate them word by word. Some of my fellow German readers might have heard of these before.  .

And if not, I hope you still get to enjoy this guessing game and get a good laugh out of it.  I sure do every time one of my friends comes around the corner with one of these (See what I did there?)

  • “I only understand railroad station.”
  • “You go me on the alarm clock.”
  • “My dear Mr. Singing Club.”
  • “This is not the yellow from the egg.”
  • “Now we have the salad.”
  • “With me is not good cherry eating.”
  • “There tap-dances the bear.”
  • “Everything is in butter.”
  • “He doesn’t have all the cups in the closet.”
  • “He has bumblebees in the bottom.”
  • “That is jacket like pants.”
  • “There we have the salad.”
  • “To be washed with all waters.”
  • “There becomes yes the dog in the pan crazy.”
  • “It’s pouring like out of buckets.”
  • “Only the hard come into the garden.”
  • “I do believe my pig whistles.”
  • “Enjoy life in full trains.”
  • “Life is no sugar licking.”
  • “That is me so what of sausage.”
  • “Butter by the fishes.”

I could go on and on and without becoming tired of it.  But since all good things have to come to an end, I will leave you with this video by German actors Matthias Schweighöfer and Friedrich Mücke.  Enjoy!


Credits: Images – / Video – ©SonyPicturesGermany

Anne-KathrinAnne-Kathrin Schulte is a contributor for She writes about her personal experience of the American Dream as well as on working as an au pair in CA. She was born and grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she completed her degree as a state-approved Kindergarten teacher. After her au pair engagement in the US and a quick return to Germany, she decided to attend university in California and moved back to the United States. She has been living in Southern California since 2011.

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Happy Easter with a Classic – “Osterhasi or Nikolausi”

We wish you all a happy and enjoyable Happy Easter !

… and just so that you know who is coming by tomorrow to sweeten up your day, we found a classic by Gerhard Polt for you. Enjoy!


Image: Video: YouTube

Save the Date – Newport Beach Film Fest and German Spotlight


The 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival is just one month away, but you can start preparing yourself already for eight days of awesome films and fun events. The Film Fest starts April 26th and runs through May 3.

The German Spotlight movie itself is still a guarded secret, we were told – it will be revealed on April 1st – but we can tell you that this year’s screening of the German Spotlight movie will be on May 1st and take place in the same center as the after-party. This will make for a relaxed evening with a smooth transition from one venue to the other. We like it!

To get in the mood for this year’s event check out the 2017 Flipbook of last year’s Newport Beach Film Fest, or buy this year’s Festival Pass already so you’ll have full access to everything going on. Individual tickets will go on sale in April.

Stay tuned and check by often, not only for the announcement of this year’s special German Spotlight movie but also so you won’t miss our raffling off Two FREE Tickets for it!!

Image: ©Newport Beach Film Festival

Springtime and Easter – Time for Memories

One more week, and we will celebrate Easter!

Growing up, I remember Easter and my birthday (since it is in March) being the most welcome indicators for spring’s arrival.

We often celebrated my birthday in Italy and while Munich at that time was often still covered in snow and sported temperatures near zero degrees Celsius, I could see that winter was in retreat as soon as we had crossed the Brenner and we were leaving the alps behind us descending into the valley of the Veneto region. Our final destination was Verona, where much warmer temperatures and sun welcomed us.

How I loved this trip every year! I think I came back home to Munich another person knowing that springtime will soon have a triumphant return here as well.

All I Need For Easter is….

Easter egg hunting was always fun, but eating all these delicious chocolates was the best! I have to admit, I do miss those since living here in California; even though Easter egg hunting itself has become much more exciting. We as parents can actually go wild playing Easter bunny now in the garden or a park finding the perfect hiding places in nature versus the living room… California weather is just perfect, isn’t it?

While I do send urgent requests to Germany each year to ship me my favorite Easter egg candies like liquid filled ‘Dragee Eier’  or Lindt & Sprüngli Cognac & Eierlikör eggs – hmm! – one can actually find some familiar Easter chocolate egg choices at places like Worldmarket or even at Amazon!


My Favorites!!

Should you be short on some German Easter chocolate egg options, these are some you may still have shipped to you perhaps on time…

Remember these…?

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I realize for some of these goodies, it might be too late, but hey, I don’t discriminate… I’ll eat Eierlikör chocolate eggs year-round 🙂

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Vorhang auf ! German Theater Group of San Diego invites to “That’s Life”

How about some German Cabaret? If you are living in or near San Diego you are in luck, because San Diego’s German Theater Group just announced its new show for April. Running only for two days you want to plan on getting your tickets early!

So ist das Leben! (That’s Life) promises an evening of laughter with humorous and thought-provoking skits, poems and musical numbers from classic German artists including Heinz Erhardt, Kurt Tucholsky, Erich Kaestner, Marlene Dietrich, Comedian Harmonists, to Otto, Loriot, Ruediger Hoffmann, Anke Engelke, Annett Louisan, Roger Cicero and more.

The show will be performed in German but an English summary of each skit will be provided in the playbill.

Dates: April 21, 2018, at 7:30 pm and April 22, 2018, at 2:00 pm
Price: General Admission $12, Students (with ID) $9
Place: German American Societies, 1017 S. Molison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020

Get Your TICKETS Here !

The German Theater Group San Diego was founded in October 2016 by Astrid Ronke and is part of the German Amercian Societies in San Diego. The group consists of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, whose mission is to bring quality German Theater to San Diego and neighboring areas.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, “Ein Abend mit Loriot” premiered to a packed house at the OB Playhouse in San Diego.

Find out more about the German Theater Group San Diego here.

Images ©German Theater Group San Diego