German Idioms and Tongue Twisters with the letter N

Man holding a smartphone shwoing the German flag and the letter N

Following on from last month’s blog post about German Idioms and Tongue Twisters with the letter M, here are those with the letter N:

Nichts für ungut.
No hard feelings.

brand spanking new

nicht ohne sein
to be quite something

In der Not frisst der Teufel Fliegen
Beggars can’t be choosers.

den Nagel auf den Kopf treffen
to hit the nail on the head

a hammer and nail with the german idiom: den Nagel auf den Kopf treffen

In der Nacht sind alle Katzen grau
In the night all cats are grey

A picture of a cat in the dark

And some extra idioms that are not in the video:

eine Naschkatze sein
to have a sweet tooth

eine Nachteule sein
to be a night owl

Noch ist nicht aller Tage Abend.
It’s not over until the fat lady sings.

Now it’s your turn to try this tongue twister. How fast can you say it?

Der Koch roch auch noch in der Nacht nach Knoblauch.

Frying pan on hob with sizzling stir fry plus the German idiom "Der Koch roch auch noch in der Nacht nach Knoblauch."

If you wish, you can watch the video and see how Steven copes with pronouncing the idioms and working out what they mean.

Or you can listen to it on Spotify

Alternatively, you can think of ways to use these idioms in your German speaking or writing.

Do you know any German idioms with the letter N that I could have added to this list? And which idiom is your favourite?

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