10 German Slang Phrases to Sound Like a Native

German Slang Phrases

Have you ever wondered why spoken languages have so much slang which often varies depending where you are in a country? The speakers themselves don’t know why they use German slang phrases, as this sort of language comes naturally to them. It’s a form of recognition when someone you meet speaks the same slang as you.  They are more likely to fit into the group. Somebody who turns up speaking with their own slang might cause a bit of interest or the person may even be ignored at least for a while.

This sort of attitude towards a non-slang speaker is enough to spur someone into learning slang as soon as they can. In German there is lots of slang that can turn a second language German speaker into someone who almost sounds like a native. You need to understand the German slang translation so you know exactly what the meaning is of what you are trying to say.

Here are some examples of German slang translation:

● Auf Dicke Hose Machen

As a German speaker you have probably quickly worked out the meaning of this expression which literally means to act like you are wearing fat pants. The German interpretation for this strange translation is describing someone who is a boaster, bragger and overall pretends he or she is more superior than others, particularly when it comes to ownership of money and wealth. What it really means though is that the fat pants is referring to the pocket where a wallet is put and some people pretend that their pocket is bigger than it really is by padding it out so others call that person Auf dicke Hose machen.

● Gebongt Sein

This is the German used for the receipt you are given after a purchase has been made. This basically is the settlement for the transaction. “Ist gebongt” is the phrase used that signifies an agreement has been arrived at on a matter.

● Was Geht ab?

This in English is the German equivalent of what’s up or what’s happening? It is often used when greeting someone or when enquiring about another person. It is mainly used by the under 30’s. It is seen as rather casual so to be avoided by older people.

● Nicht alle Tassen im Schrank haben

This means do you still have some cups in your cupboard? It’s sometimes used to greet a stranger. In fact it is meant to mean, Have you lost your marbles? Nothing to do with cups at all. It might be used if someone paid an awful lot of money for something that’s not worth it.

● Na?

This means, “how’s it going” as in “”how are you or just simply “Hello”. It’s an inclusive expression often used to greet strangers.