German Proverbs & Phrases About Life


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What does Erst denken, dann handeln mean?

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1. Your friend is working over 60 hours a week. His family doesn't see him very often, and he has little time to himself. What proverb might you say to this man?

2. What is the English equivalent for Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly measure your knowledge of the meaning and English translations of common phrases in German with this quiz/worksheet assessment. Try to take the quiz before reviewing the lesson to see what you know and again after studying it to determine what you retained from it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You must be able to do the following to succeed on this quiz:

  • Give the meaning of Erst denken, dann handeln
  • Identify the German proverb that would apply to a man who works a lot and does not see his family
  • Recognize the English equivalent to Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund
  • Understand the meaning of Den Teufel nicht an die Wand malen
  • State which German proverb might be said to one who mourns over the fact that a play is over

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as how Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund would be expressed in English
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how to use specific German proverbs
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the meanings of Erst denken, dann handeln and Den Teufel nicht an die Wand malen

Additional Learning

Review more information about this topic by accessing the lesson titled German Proverbs & Phrases About Life. This lesson allows you to learn more about:

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  • How the well-known saying 'all good things must come to an end' is said in German