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German Proverbs 5: The Weekend Version

About Regrets Disclaimer: You might not want to read this at work Proverb Hätte der Hund nicht geschissen, hätt er den Hasen gefangen. Translation If the dog would not have pooped he would have caught the rabbit. Meaning This always came up in situations of ‘would have beens’ and ‘could […]

German proverbs 4: Resilience

Proverb Da musst du durch als Lurch wenn du Frosch werden willst. Translation You have to stick it out as amphibian if you want to become a frog. You have to stick it out as tadpole if you want to become a frog. Meaning Situations that are uncomfortable but necessary: […]

German Proverbs 3: Stay on Task

Proverb Mach die Augen auf und lass den Geist ein bissl leuchten. Translation Open your eyes and let your mind shine a wee bit. Open your eyes and let your mind light the way. Meaning ‘Where is the Philips screw driver, granddad?’ Shouting as I am helping him with some […]

Of German Proverbs and Work Attitude

Some years back my eldest niece and I spend several hours collating pages and pages of proverbs, and wordsmith results we grew up with. I realised much later how much my family’s wordsmithery had impacted on pretty much every aspect of my life but most so on attitudes about work […]