German idioms with colours

 

Yesterday I saw somebody with a black eye, which reminded me how we use idioms differently. In English, people have a black eye but in German they have a blue eye (ein blaues Auge).

That gave me the idea for the following slide show. I hope I haven’t forgotten any interesting sentences or phrases with colours. If I have, please add them below.

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3 Responses to German idioms with colours

  1. […] A slide show with over 30 German idioms using colours  […]

  2. Itamara Xavier says:

    I was wondering what the heck is a “black eye”. Thanks Google find out this idiom in portuguese is “olho roxo” or “purple eye” haushasuahus colorfull

    • I guess, after a punch, the colour of the bruise looks a bit black, blue and purple, but calling it a black blue purple eye is a bit much. So, maybe the English decided on a black eye, the Germans took the blue and the Portuguese the purple – great fun ☺

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