Learn German podcast PG14 - Scared stiff

Today we play it cool and face our fears and while we scare ourselves stiff, you get to learn a whole list of German sayings, slang and colloquial expressions to call someone a sissy or a wimp. So put on your bravest face and stop behaving like such a scaredy-cat or the Germans might call you a "Angsthase" (fear-bunny), "Weichei" (soft egg) or "Waschlappen" (dish towel). Now we don't want that do we?

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sich in die Hose machen =
to wet oneself; to shit bricks

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PG14 – Scared stiff

Tyler: Last year while Lisa and I were in New Zealand we decided to face our fears and paid good money to jump out of a perfectly functional plane cruising at 12.000 feet. Needless to say I was scared stiff but did my best to play it cool.

Lisa: Als wir das Formular ausfüllt haben, um zu bestätigen, dass wir eventuell sterben könnten, habe ich mir fast in die Hosen gemacht.

Tyler: Later while gaining altitude in the small and cramped aircraft, I started getting really nervous. I knew the moment of truth was imminent. We were already way above the mountains when the pilot told us that we were only half way up. Then I really shat myself.

Lisa: Ja, auch ich habe beim Blick nach unten ganz schön Muffensausen bekommen. Aber mein gutaussehender Tandemspringer machte mir klar, dass es kein Weg zurück mehr gab. Es war zu spät, um noch den Schwanz einzuziehen! „Sei kein Frosch“, sagte er nur ganz lässig.

Tyler: Unfortunately I didn’t have the consolation of being strapped to a gorgeous sky diving goddess and the last thing I needed was for Lisa to think of me as a wimp. So, I put on a brave face and prepared myself for the end.

Lisa: Als sich die Tür des Flugzeugs öffnete, ging mir der Arsch aber wirklich auf Grundeis. „Mach dir nicht ins Hemd“, dachte ich mir. Ich wollte wirklich keine Memme sein. Dann kam der Countdown.

Tyler: Three, two, one, aahhhh!

Lisa: Bei dem dreißig Sekundenfall ist mir das Herz erst einmal in die Hose gerutscht und ich hatte kurzzeitig eine Scheißangst. Aber dann war es genial!

Tyler: What a sensation. After the jump –

Lisa: Du meinst wohl eher nachdem er dich rausgestoßen hat!

Tyler: Whatever Lisa, anyway it took me a few seconds to gain my bearings, but then it was the most amazing feeling falling towards the earth at terminal velocity above an awesome mountain scenery.

Lisa: Ihr müsst unbedingt auf unsere Webseite gehen. In der Deutsch Box werdet Ihr dort ein Photo von mir finden das zeigt, was für eine panische Angst ich hatte. Das Foto ist zum Schießen, ich verspreche es Euch.

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

to face one’s fears sich seiner Angst stellen
to be scared stiff; to be scared silly; to be scared shitless eine Scheißangst haben
to play it cool cool machen
my heart sank into my boots mir ist das Herz in die Hose gerutscht
to be petrified; to wet oneself; to shit bricks sich in die Hosen machen/ pissen; Muffensausen bekommen; Bammel bekommen; der Arsch geht einem auf Grundeis
to have passed the point of no return; there is no turning back es gibt keinen Weg zurück mehr
to chicken out; to not go through with sth. den Schwanz einziehen
wimp; sissy der Frosch; der Schisser; der Angsthase; das Weichei; der Waschlappen; die Memme; der Hosenscheißer
to play down your fears; to put on a brave face seine Angst runterspielen, den Kopf hoch halten
don’t be a wimp; don’t be a sissy Mach dir nicht ins Hemd
to gain one’s bearings sich orientieren; sich zurecht finden
to be petrified of sth panische Angst vor etw haben
to crack s.o. up; to be hilarious zum Schießen sein
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