German Idioms and Tongue Twisters with the letter Z

Following on from last month’s blog post about German Idioms and Tongue Twisters with the letter W, here are some more, this time with the letter Z. And that’s it, there are none with the letters X & Y, which means we have covered the whole A to Z.

Wir sollten das nicht zwischen Tür und Angel besprechen.
We shouldn’t discuss this in passing.

Zu allem Ja und Amen sagen
to be a yes man

der Zankapfel
the apple of discord

Zähne zeigen
to bare one’s teeth

Eine Zeitungsente
a false newspaper story

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

Zeit ist Geld!
Time is money!

Zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe schlagen
Kill two birds with one stone

Zieh Leine!
Get lost!

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

Am zehnten zehnten um zehn Uhr zehn zogen zehn zahme Ziegen zehn Zentner Zucker zum Zoo.

Zwölf zünftige Zipfelmützenzwerge die auf zwölf Tannenzapfen saßen, aßen zweihundertzweiundzwanzig blaue Zwetschken. Als sie die zweihundertzweiundzwanzig Zwetschken gegessen hatten, sagte Zwerg Zwuckel zu Zwerg Zwockel “mich zwickts im Bauch” darauf antwortete Zwerg Zwockel zu Zwerg Zwuckel “mich auch”.

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 Z that I could have added to this list? And which idiom is your favourite?

I hope you have enjoyed all those idioms and tongue twisters!

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