Learn German podcast PG20 - Like Clockwork

We’ve already looked at useful German vocabulary for when things don’t go as planned so today’s podcast is devoted to the good times when everything goes smoothly and you have everything under control. Learn the German translation for common expressions and phrases like “to have a knack for something” and “to go like clockwork”.

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PG20 – Like clockwork

Tyler: How are you Lisel. Wie geht’s, wie stehts?

Lisa: Alles in Butter. Danke.

Tyler: And the event you organised, how did it all go this morning? Did all run smoothly?

Lisa: Ja, lief alles wie am Schnürchen. War echt eine spitzenmäßige Veranstaltung, muss man schon sagen.

Tyler: Cool that all worked out. Especially after you had mentioned that you were nervous that you hadn’t ordered enough food for all the conference participants.

Lisa: Ich muss zugeben, dass der Caterer Recht behalten hat. Er hat wirklich ein Händchen dafür. Er hatte mir schon die ganze Zeit prophezeit, dass es genügend Essen sein würde. Das nächste Mal weiß ich jetzt, dass man ihm vertrauen kann und er echt was auf dem Kasten hat, was das Einschätzen von Portionen angeht.

Tyler: And the music that you organized? Were the bands a hit?

Lisa: Doch ja, die waren auch nicht zu verachten. Was mich vor allem glücklich gemacht hat war, dass der Wechsel zwischen den einzelnen Bands wie geschmiert lief. Das hatte echt was für sich. So konnte ich mich um andere Sachen kümmern.

Tyler: And what about the belly dancer?

Lisa: Hui die war auch nicht von schlechten Eltern! Sie hat alle mitgerissen. Am Ende standen alle auf und haben nicht mehr aufgehört zu klatschen.

Tyler: Wow a standing ovation hey, so it sounds as if it was a real success!

Lisa: Ja wirklich, das ist zwar selten, aber diesmal ist einfach alles glatt gelaufen. Sogar die Präsentation von meiener Kollegin war nicht übel. Ich muss sagen, diesmal hat Sie wirklich keine schlechte Figur auf der Bühne gemacht. Alles lief wie geritzt.

Tyler: So you must be pretty exhausted after all your preparation and late nights in the office?

Lisa: Nee, alles noch im grünen Bereich. Dadurch, dass alles so gefluppt hat, fühle ich mich noch ziehmlich fit. Lass uns lieber noch losziehen und darauf anstoßen!

Tyler: Cool let’s go grab a drink.

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

How is it going? What’s up? Wie geht’s, wie stehts?
everything is OK alles in Butter
it went like clockwork; it all went smoothly es lief/ klappte wie am Schnürchen; es lief alles wie geritzt/ wie geschmiert; es hat gefluppt; es ist alles glatt gelaufen
incredibly good; ace; brilliant; excellent spitzenmäßig
he’s really good at it; he has a real knack for it er hat ein Händchen dafür
he really knows a thing or two er hat wirklich was auf dem Kasten
nothing to complain about nicht zu verachten
it’s got something going for it das hat (et)was (für sich)
nothing to be sneezed at nicht von schlechten Eltern
not bad (at all) gar nicht verkehrt/ übel/ schlecht
she’s wasn’t too bad at it sie hat keine schlechte Figur gemacht
it’s all under control alles im grünen Bereich
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