Learn German podcast PG12 - Spoilsports and promises

Today we learn cool German words and colloquial expressions to make promises and assurances. You'll also learn different ways to keep headstrong when someone is trying to twist your rubber arm! I'm sure you'll enjoy the episode - "so sicher, wie das Amen in der Kirche" so don't be a "Spielverderber" and get stuck in!

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großes Indianer-Ehrenwort =
I give you my word of honour

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PG12 – Spoilsports and Promises

Tyler: Hey Lisa, what’s up? You’re looking a bit worried.

Lisa: Ja, bis nächste Woche muss ich noch richtig viel für meine Arbeit vorbereiten. Schon beim bloßen Gedanken daran wird mir schlecht. Wenn das vorbei ist, werde ich erst einmal eine große Party steigen lassen, da kannst du (kannste) Gift darauf (drauf) nehmen.

Tyler: Well, I’m pretty free this week. I could give you a hand with some of it if you want.

Lisa: Schwörst du? Gib mir bitte ein großes Indianer-Ehrenwort, erst dann bin ich beruhigt.

Tyler: Okay then, I give you my word of honour. But hey, tonight there is a great party, which you really can’t miss. The music will be top notch, you can count on it. It’s as sure as the Pope is Catholic.

Lisa: Das kann ich doch nicht bringen/ machen. Morgen bin ich dann wieder total kaputt und bringe nichts zustande.

Tyler: Ah come on Lisa, don’t be such a killjoy. It’ll do you good, I’m certain of it. A bit of relaxation is always good for productivity!

Lisa: Nee Tyler, lass stecken. Ich habe wirklich keinen Nerv für so etwas heute Abend. Mir ist nicht nach tanzen zumute, wenn ich an den Haufen Arbeit denke, der noch vor mir liegt.

Tyler: Come on, Corinna has let me talk her into it and I’d be willing to bet my balls that you’ll regret it if you don’t come with.

Lisa: Ja, ja, dann verwette doch deinen Arsch darauf. Ich werde mich auf gar keinen Fall breitschlagen/ überreden lassen. Wenn ich morgen einen Kater habe, kann ich mir auch nichts dafür kaufen. – Nein Danke, nichts für Ungut. Techno war sowieso noch nie mein Ding und ich bin noch vom letzten Wochenende bedient.

Tyler: Well, I’ve definitely not had my full of rocking beats. You’re not going to make a fuss if I go out without you, are you?

Lisa: Eingeschnappt? Nicht im Geringsten/ Nicht die Bohne! Ich wünsche dir viel Spaß. Genieß es!

Tyler: Okay then, thanks. I’ll help you tomorrow afternoon once the hangover has cleared. You can count on it!

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Translation of German idioms, colloquial phrases, slang and theme expressions.

I feel sick just thinking about it beim bloßen Gedanken daran, wird mir schon schlecht
you can be sure of that; you can count on it da kannst du dich darauf verlassen & darauf kannst du dich verlassen; da kannst du (kannste) Gift darauf nehmen/ darauf kannst du Gift nehmen
I swear; cross my heart; I give you my word of honour Ich schwöre; Hand aufs Herz; Hand drauf (hand on it); großes Indianer-Ehrenwort (literally means “great Indian word of honour” as a reference to popular Wild West books and films)
as sure as the Pope is Catholic so sicher, wie das Amen in der Kirche
I can’t bring myself to do that das kann ich nicht bringen/ machen; etw nicht bringen/ machen können
to get nothing done; to accomplish nothing nichts zustande bringen
don’t be a spoilsport; don’t be a killjoy sei kein Spielverderber
give me a break; let it go once and for all; don’t pester me lass stecken; lass gut sein; lass mal
to not have the nerve for sth.; to not be keen on sth.; to not feel like sth. keinen Nerv für etw haben; keine Böcke/ keinen Bock haben (coll); keine Lust haben
one is not in the mood, one doesn’t feel like doing sth einem ist nicht danach zumute
I let them talk me into it Ich habe mich breitschlagen/ überreden lassen
I’d be willing to bet my balls on it; I’m 100% certain darauf könnte ich meinen Arsch verwetten
that won’t do me any good; that won’t get me anywhere dafür kann ich mir auch nichts (nix) kaufen
no offense; no hard feelings nichts (nix) für Ungut
that’s not really my cup of tea das ist nicht so mein Ding
I’ve had my full, it’s enough for me Ich bin bedient, mein Bedarf ist gedeckt
to make a fuss; to get in a huff; to get your nose out of joint; to get oneself bent out of shape; to be miffed; to be peeved eingeschnappt sein; sauer sein
not in the slightest; not one bit nicht im Geringsten; nicht die Bohne
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