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German Proverbs Quiz 1

This quiz is based on several features by your Guide, including Idioms: Talk Like a German and Proverbs and Idioms from Readers. In those articles we discussed how German and English sometimes take different approaches to expressing the same idea. You may want to review the articles before taking the following quiz. After taking the quiz, you can see your score and view an annotated answer key. See below for details.

Also see our Idioms and Proverbs Glossary

This is a self-scoring quiz with a total of 10 questions. In the chart below the English and German proverbs don't match. In the column on the left, you need to type in the LETTER of the correct answer. (Be sure to type your answers with CAPITAL letters!)

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INSTRUCTIONS: Type in the LETTER of the correct English answer (A-L) for the German proverbs 1-10.
(NOTE: Two items in English are not used.) Be sure to type in only a CAPITAL letter!
A, B, etc.
1. Not bricht Eisen. A. Honesty is the best policy.
2. Die Bäume wachsen nicht in den Himmel. B. It's easy as pie.
3. Ehrlich währt am längsten. C. That's like carrying coals to Newcastle.
4. Morgen, morgen nur nicht heute, sagen alle faulen Leute. D. Necessity is the mother of invention.
5. Andere Länder, andere Sitten. E. Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
6. Die Uhr bleibt stehen, aber die Zeit nicht. F. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
7. Mit Dieben fängt man Diebe. G. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
8. Das ist ein Kinderspiel. H. When in Rome, do as the Romans.
9. Einem geschenkten Gaul sieht man nicht ins Maul. I. All's well that ends well.
10. Das hieße, Eulen nach Athen tragen. J. Time waits for no man.
This quiz is based on
several articles by your Guide,
including Proverbs and Idioms
K. It takes a thief to catch a thief.
L. There's a limit to everything.


Answer Key:
Mistakes? Double check your answers.
Did you type only in CAPITAL LETTERS?

KEY: A more detailed Answer Key

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