Know your German colours

Time to brighten up this rainy week with some spring-like photos of Germany and Austria and a few German expressions related to colours. Let’s see how many you’re familiar with!

          Gelb vor Neid (‘Green with envy’ – literally ‘yellow with envy’)

Example: Sie wurde gelb vor Neid (She turned green with envy)

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          Rot sehen (‘To see red’ – easy one)

Example: Bei sowas sehe ich rot! (When something like that happens, I see red!)

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          Die rosarote Brille aufhaben (‘to be too optimistic/naive’  – literally ‘wearing the pink glasses’)

Example: Manchmal hat man einfach die rosarote Brille auf (‘Sometimes one is just too optimistic’)

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          Sein blaues Wunder erleben (‘to be in for a nasty surprise or shock’  – literally ‘to experience one’s blue miracle’)

Example: Der wird noch sein blaues Wunder erleben! (‘He’s in for a nasty surprise!’)

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          Im grünen Bereich liegen (‘to be right or successful’ – literally to lie in the green area)

Example: Und, lagst du im grünen Bereich? (So, did you do well?)

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          Schwarzfahren (‘to use public transport without a ticket’ – literally to drive black)

Example: Gestern bin ich aus Versehen schwarzgefahren. (‘Yesterday I accidentally skipped the fare.’)

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Any more you can think of? Let us know!

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Munich, Germany

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Innsbruck, Austria

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Ulm, Germany

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Mellau, Austria

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Regensburg, Germany

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