Learn German podcast PG16 - Schaffe, schaffe Häusle bauen

Ever heard the German colloquial expression "Schaffe, schaffe Häusle bauen"? What about the funny German idiom "Kleinvieh macht auch Mist"? Today's show is the long awaited continuation of the money theme introduced in podcast PG3. "Time is money" so let's jump right in!

Free podcast to learn to speak German language online: Kleinvieh macht auch Mist
Kleinvieh macht auch Mist =
a penny saved is a penny got
(lit. even small creatures add to the manure heap)

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PG16 – Booming economy?

Tyler: It’s weird, we often hear about the booming economy, but somehow I don’t seem to cashing in and reaping the benefits. Instead I feel more and more like our earnings are being squeezed and we’re forced to pay through our noses just to get by.

Lisa: Ich merke auch nichts von der angeblich brummenden Wirtschaft. Im Gegenteil, das Geld sitzt bei den Leuten längst nicht mehr so locker wie früher. Es kommt mir eher so vor, als müsste man immer tiefer in die Tasche greifen. Wo fließen die ganzen Moneten nur hin, frag ich mich? Wer hat die Kröten nur gebunkert?

Tyler: I don’t know either where all that dosh gets stashed but you only need to look in some of the parking garages around town and it’s clear that some people are rolling in dough - filthy rich. Porsche, Mercedes, Beamers (BMWs)… all over the shop!

Lisa: Ja, einige wenige Leute haben es wirklich dicke und stinken geradezu nach Geld. Gut situiert nennt man die, die richtig abgesahnt haben im Leben. Aber ich will ja nicht rummosern. Irgendwie komme ich schon auch immer über die Runden. Trotzdem muss ich zugeben, ein paar mehr Mäuse wären schon nicht schlecht. Einfach nur die Vorstellung, nie wieder anschreiben lassen zu müssen oder jemanden um Schotter anzuhauen... das wäre schon super.

Tyler: Hey Babe, don’t let it get you down. We may have to keep a close eye on our budget at the moment but I’m sure things will start looking up for us and with some luck, we won’t have to be quite so frugal and skimp so much in the future.

Lisa: Ich hoffe denn ich möchte später nicht so knauserig werden und die ganze Zeit bei allem rumknapsen müssen. Aber ich denke, solange wir nicht über unsere Verhältnisse leben und immer weiter sparen, wird das schon hinhauen. Denn Kleinvieh macht ja auch Mist nicht wahr?

Tyler: And what does that mean then?

Lisa: Damit meine ich, dass wir es am Anfang wohl nicht schaffen werden einen riesigen Batzen Asche beiseite zu legen, aber dass sich Kleingeld eben auch summiert! Deshalb hören wir jetzt besser auf, denn Zeit ist Geld. Wir müssen es einfach machen wie die Schwaben: „Schaffe, schaffe, Häusle bauen“ und dann werden auch wir bald ein Heidengeld verdienen.

Tyler: Ah yeah, that’s a great expression to finish us off. “Schaffe, schaffe, Häusle bauen“ can be used ironically to say to someone who is always working and doesn’t take time out to chill - similar to the English „all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy“. In a positive context however, it can be loosely translated, „if you put your head down, you’ll achieve something“.

Lisa: So das war es für heute.

Tyler: Yeah, we’re going t o go and build some houses now.

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booming economy die brummende Wirtschaft
bucks; dosh; dough; cash die Moneten; die Kröten (lit. toads); die Mäuse (lit. mice); die Asche (lit. ash); der Schotter (lit. balast); die Flocken (lit. flakes); die Kohle (lit. coal)
to have money to spend Geld locker sitzen haben
to reach deeper in one’s pocket, to pay through one’s nose tiefer in die Tasche greifen müssen
to stash money Geld bunkern
rolling in dough; filthy rich; to have a lot of money steinreich sein; stinkreich sein; es dicke haben; nach Geld stinken; dickes Geld haben
to be well off gut situiert sein
to have missed the boat der Zug ist abgefahren
to cash in (on sth), to rake it in; to make a pretty penny (out of sth) absahnen (lit. to skim off the cream)
to make ends meet; to get by über die Runden kommen
to give credit; to write up; to put on ones tab etw anschreiben lassen
to scrounge; to bum; to ask s.o. for money jdn um Geld anhauen
stingy knauserig
to skimp; to be frugal, to economise greatly knapsen; rumknapsen
to live beyond one’s means über seine Verhältnisse leben
to save sparen
a penny saved is a penny got; look after your pennies and the pounds will look after themselves; many a mickle makes a muckle (Scot.) Kleinvieh macht auch Mist
heaps of money der Batzen Geld; das Heidengeld
change das Kleingeld
time is money Zeit ist Geld
all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; if you put your head down, you’ll achieve something Schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue(n)
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