13 Things Germans Say and Do, and What They Mean (with Nina from Germany)

The Germans have certain words, sayings, and gestures that they do very often, often without even thinking about it. And some of these things can be very confusing to people new in Germany. For example: you'll often hear "Oh je" or "So!" in a conversation.

Previous guest and resident German Nina joins me to try and explain some of these mannerisms to help us understand what they mean.

We discuss:
6:45 - Pech gehabt/selber Schuld
8:25 - Oh je
10:14 - Tja!
13:13 - So!
17:18 - Na?
19:46 - Two different "Hmmm" sounds
22:20 - Boah!
24:37 - Drücken die Daumen and "Toi toi toi!"
29:55 - The windshield wiper gesture ("Bist du bescheuert?")
32:15 - Rubbing fingers together
35:17 - Pulling on the eye
38:00 - Jein
42:00 - Knocking on the table to applaud

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