Learn German podcast PG21 - Hitched

Today’s podcast teaches common German marriage vocabulary and phrases. Especially in the age of community sites like Facebook it seems like every other week I hear of an engagement, wedding or birth. I figure if you can’t escape it, you might as well be able to talk about - in German of course. Learn what the German expressions “unter die Haube” and my personal favourite “einen Braten in der Röhre” mean. As well as wise words about the best way to keep a woman. (I just know this will come back to bite me!)

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unter die Haube sein =
to be hitched (lit. under the bonnet)








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PG21 – Hitched

Lisa: He Tyler hast du schon gehört, dass Stefan und Birgit sich verlobt haben? Er hat ihr am Dienstag einen Heiratsantrag gemacht.

Tyler: No, you’ve got to be kidding me! Not another engagement. When are they planning to get married?

Lisa: Bis jetzt haben sie noch kein Hochzeitsdatum bekannt gegeben, aber das wird wohl bald noch kommen. Ich weiß auf jeden Fall von Birgit, dass die Trauung erst standesamtlich und dann in unserer kleinen Dorfkirche stattfinden soll. Echt krass wie viele unserer Freunde jetzt schon unter der Haube sind oder?

Tyler: True, they’re dropping like flies now. Oh well, on the bright side at least there’s another bachelor party to look forward to – that should be fun.

Lisa: Ja, ich und Simone werden für Birgit auch auf jeden Fall einen Jungesellinneninabschied vorbereiten. Ich bin mal gespannt wer Trautzeuge bei den beiden sein wird.

Tyler: I imagine best man will be one of Stefan’s old school buddies. So what do you think, do you think Birgit’s got a bun in the oven?

Lisa: Einen Braten in der Röhre? Um ehrlich zu sein, ich weiß es nicht. Ein Bäuchchen konnte ich bei unserem letzten Treffen nicht erkennen. Aber ihre Schwiegereltern würden sich sicher wahnsinnig freuen. Oh man, kannst du dir Birgit als Braut und Stefan als Bräutigam vorstellen? Ich will auf jeden Fall dabei sein, wenn sie sich das Jawort geben.

Tyler: And, are you going to hold onto the bridal bouquet this time and not let another broody girl snatch it out of your hands like the last time? I have to say, after such a classy catch I was disappointed to see how willing you were to give it up. I’d hoped to see more of a cat fight.

Lisa: Den Brautstrauß fangen? Hmm…ich bin mir sicher Tyler, dass du eine gute Partie bist, aber ich bin noch nicht bereit dazu das Heimchen am Herd zu werden!

Tyler: That’s because you know all too well the advice that my father gave me. He always said, „Tyler, the best way to keep a woman, is barefoot and pregnant!“

List of English - German Podcast Vocabulary

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

to get engaged sich verloben
engagement die Verlobung
to propose einen Heiratsantrag machen
proposal der Heiratsantrag
to marry heiraten
marriage; wedlock die Heirat; die Ehe
wedding die Hochzeit
marriage ceremony die Trauung
registry das Standesamt
to get married in a registry office standesamtlich heiraten
to be married; to be hitched unter der Haube sein
bachelor party, stag party / night der Junggesellenabschied
hen night Junggesellinenabschied
best man der Trauzeuge
to have a bun in the oven einen Braten in der Röhre haben
parents in law die Schwiegereltern
bride die Braut
groom der Bräutigam
wedding vows das Jawort
bridal bouquet der Brautstrauß
a good match eine gute Partie
housewife Hausfrau; das Heimchen am Herd (neg.)
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Lyrics - Heirate Mich by Rammstein


Man sieht ihn um die Kirche schleichen
seit einem Jahr ist er allein
Die Trauer nahm ihm alle Sinne
schläft jede Nacht bei ihrem Stein

Dort bei den Glocken schläft ein Stein
und ich alleine kann ihn lesen
und auf dem Zaun der rote Hahn
ist seiner Zeit dein Herz gewesen

Die Furcht auf diesen Zaun gespießt
geh ich nun graben jede Nacht
zu sehen was noch übrig ist
von dem Gesicht das mir gelacht

Dort bei den Glocken verbring ich die Nacht
dort zwischen Schnecken ein einsames Tier
tagsüber lauf ich der Nacht hinterher
zum zweitenmal entkommst du mir

Heirate mich

Mit meinen Händen grab ich tief
zu finden was ich so vermisst
und als der Mond im schönsten Kleid
hab deinen kalten Mund geküsst

Ich nehm dich zärtlich in den Arm
doch deine Haut reißt wie Papier
und Teile fallen von dir ab
zum zweitenmal entkommst du mir

Heirate mich

So nehm ich was noch übrig ist
die Nacht ist heiß und wir sind nackt
zum Fluch der Hahn den Morgen grüßt
ich hab den Kopf ihm abgehackt

Unofficial Translation by Jeremy Williams.


People see him creeping around the church
he has been alone for a year
The sadness took away all his senses
he sleeps every night by her grave

There, by the bells sleeps a stone
and I alone can read it
and on the fence, the red rooster
who was your heart at that time

The fear skewered on this fence
I now go digging every night
to see what's left
of the face that smiled for me

There by the bells I spend the night
there between snails, a lonely animal
during the day I run after the night
you escape me for the second time

Marry me

With my hands I dig deep
to find what I missed so much
and as the moon was in its most beautiful dress
I kissed your cold mouth

I take you tenderly by the arm
but your skin rips like paper
and parts are falling off of you
you escape me for the second time

Marry me

So I take what's left
the night is hot and we are naked
cursedly the rooster greets the morning
I hacked off his head





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