German Idioms and Tongue Twisters with the letter V

Following on from last month’s blog post about German Idioms and Tongue Twisters with the letter U, here are some more, this time with the letter V:

Hast du einen Vogel?
Are you stupid?

Er ist in sie verschossen.
He has a crush on her.

Ein voller Bauch studiert nicht gern.
A fat belly, a lean brain.

Von Pontius zu Pilatus laufen
to run from pillar to post

Er hat von Tuten und Blasen keine Ahnung.
he hasn’t got a clue.

Vertrauen ist gut, Kontrolle ist besser
Trust but verify.

And some extra idioms that you won’t find in the video:

to improve somthing for the worse

Ich habe viel um die Ohren.
I have a lot on my plate.

vor Neid platzen
to go green with envy

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

Vier fünfmal vervierfacht macht mehr als fünf viermal verfünffacht.

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

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

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

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4 thoughts on “German Idioms and Tongue Twisters with the letter V”

  1. Ich bin weder Mathematiker noch Linguist, aber “vier fünfmal vervierfacht” ist 4096. Was im Bild zu sehen ist entspricht “eins fünfmal vervierfacht” oder “vier viermal vervierfacht”


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