🍪 Er geht mir auf den Keks = he goes me on the cookie = he’s annoying me! 🍪
Any other idiom fans out there? 🙋♂️🙋♀️ Why on earth do we talk like this?!?! 😂 I recently told a friend that I’d come by as soon as I got my kids out of my hair, & her response was, 😲 “do people really say that?” Yep… pretty strange, huh?! My husband looks up the origin story behind phrases like this (google “woher kommt er geht mir auf den Keks,” z.B.), but I prefer to make up my own… I encourage you to try this with your classes!
Introduce the phrase, “er geht mir auf den Keks.” As a group, talk through a made-up origin story, all along peppering your students with questions. Start with, “why would anyone say _____ when they actually mean ______?” & see where it takes you from there.
… what if a baker (Wer war sie? Wo wohnte sie? Wie alt war sie? In welchem Jahr ist das geschehen?) started saying, “du gehst mir auf den Keks” b/c she had a mouse (Welche Farbe hatte er? Wie groß war er? Hatte er einen Namen?) that would always lay on her fresh cookies (Was für Kekse?). He could smell the cookies & liked the warmth. Anyway, this mouse would always find a way to snuggle up with the cookies, even when she tried to hide them. So she would tell him, “Mausi, du geht mir auf den Keks! Das finde ich gar nicht in Ordnung!” She would tell her neighbors & customers about it! “Ich musste nochmal so viele Kekse wegschmeissen. Diese Maus geht mir auf die Kekse! Wie nervig!” And from there, the phrase caught on. Now people say it all over the German-speaking world. It even appears in songs like Herbert Grönemeyer’s “Unterwegs.” This is obviously totaler Quatsch! And that’s why it’s fun! 😜 The point is to get creative with the language! Your students will definitely have a hard time forgetting these phrases after an activity like that! 🙌 If you feel so inclined, share the actual origin story afterwards. It’d be fun to compare the two stories.
Does anyone use any fun stories to teach idioms? I highly recommend “Parts” & “More Parts” by Tedd Arnold to teach English idioms! What about German ones? - 2 hours ago