Jürgen Klopp, the German football manager of Premier League club Liverpool , has given a lot of press interviews in English. His English is actually very good but at times he has caused a little confusion and hilarity amongst journalists. His use of German idioms or expressions, which he directly translates into English, do not always make sense to an Englishman.
I call this “Klopp-English” or kloppism. Maybe the most famous of these was: this is not a “wish concert.” (Das Leben ist kein Wunschkonzert).
Here is a list of possible kloppisms and the English expression. Do you recognise them?
“Don’t be the offended liver sausage!”- Don’t get in a huff!
“That is jacket like trousers.” – It’s the same difference.
Mongolian Tea (Suuteitsai) is an important part of Mongolian culture and is apparently quite different to any other tea. Served in little bowls with most meals, it is made with green tea (often of poor quality), yak milk or butter and salt! This sounds a little strange but given the chance I would try it.
As is often the case there are two English words for one German. Der Friedhof can be translated as graveyard or cemetery, but what is the difference?
A cemetery:“a large burial ground, especially one not in a churchyard.” These can range from the famous Highgate Cemetery in London (this on my list of places to visit) to the very moving World War I cemeteries at Ypres in Belgium.
A graveyard: “a burial ground, especially one beside a church.” These are steeped in family history, especially as the graves don’t get removed. Unlike here in Germany, where families lease grave sites for a specific period of time, usually from 15 to 30 years, in England you get to keep the plot (gravestone and all) – it is yours for life (or eternity).
The English graveyards are usually maintained by the church and one of the cheapest and most effective ways is to allow sheep to graze on and around the graves. This is quite a strange scene for a non-English visitor.
This blog is a collection of my thoughts and experiences as an “expat” living in Germany.
You are probably wondering what an “expat” is. Well, according to Wikipedia “an expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country.”