panic before German language exam?

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Three weeks ago I was scrambling to prepare for the Goethe-Institut C1 Zertifikat Deutsch Examination. That was a hell of a time, panic and immense stress because “es um die Wurst geht” (it’s make or break). After mailing out the cheque payment for the test, I totally regretted it and wanted to chicken out. Thanks to a dear friend who’s an Öcher-in (Öcher Platt is a dialect from Aachen), I managed to pass the test. I’m glad the nightmare was over and I have finally survived the ordeal to make an entry today. I think the following phrases or words can best describe how I felt during the last couple of weeks.

  • die Angsthase: Angst means fear while Hase is hare. It means that someone is like a scaredy cat. Bist du jetzt eine Angsthase?
  • die Arschkarte ziehen: pick the shitty card and means bad luck. For instance, Ich habe die Arschkarte gezogen als ich das Thema zum Fussball beim muendliche Pruefung auswaehlt haben weil ich keine Ahnung darueber habe.
  • fix und foxy (fertig): means that someone has had enough. Nach der Pruefung bin ich  total fix und foxy.
  • vor Angst in die Hose gemacht: so scared that one is wetting the pants. Ich habe mir vor Angst fast in die Hose gemacht als ich die Pruefung bekam.
  • Blut und Wasser schwitzen: to sweat blood and water, nervous. Ich habe Blut und Wasser geschwitzt als ich die Pruefung machte.
  • platt: flat. Ich war total platt nach der Pruefung.

About germanforrunway

learning german is a love and hate learning journey. The beginning is difficult and it gets maybe tougher but definitely more lyrical as I discover the colloquial language or the slangs and in german 'Umgangssprache'. german for runways is a collection of slangs that I have learnt from the germans around me and my wonderful friend, Kirsten, is the mastermind behind the blogname. german for runways is the direct and awfully wrong translation for german for advanced level.
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