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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Expressions to Describe Pulling Something Out of your Sleeve
Eric: Hi everyone, and welcome back to GermanPod101.com. I'm Eric.
Jennifer: And I'm Jennifer!
Eric: This is Must-Know German Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 14. In this lesson you'll learn expressions to describe pulling something out of your sleeve.
Eric: You’ll often hear Germans use these phrases when they are stuck with a problem and find a last-minute solution.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Eric: The expressions you’ll be learning in this lesson are:
Jennifer: Etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln.
Jennifer: Etwas an den Haaren herbeigezogen.
Jennifer: Etwas aus der Nase ziehen.
Jennifer: Auf den Trichter kommen.
Eric: Jennifer, what's our first expression?
Jennifer: Etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln.
Eric: This literally means "to pull out something out of the sleeve." It’s similar to the English expression “to pull something out your sleeve,” or “to pull something out of the bag.”
Jennifer: [SLOW] Etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln. [NORMAL] Etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when somebody has an unexpected idea or solution for a problem. Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Ich hatte überhaupt keine Ahnung was ich sagen sollte, jedoch konnte ich etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln. [SLOW] Ich hatte überhaupt keine Ahnung was ich sagen sollte, jedoch konnte ich etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln.
Eric: "I had absolutely no idea what to say, but I was able to pull something out of my sleeve."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Ich hatte überhaupt keine Ahnung was ich sagen sollte, jedoch konnte ich etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln.
Eric: Okay, what's the next expression?
Jennifer: Etwas an den Haaren herbeigezogen.
Eric: This literally means "to pull something close by its hair." When it's used as a slang expression, it means "far-fetched."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Etwas an den Haaren herbeigezogen. [NORMAL] Etwas an den Haaren herbeigezogen.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Etwas an den Haaren herbeigezogen.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when a story sounds far-fetched, or somebody is creating a confusing story to cover up the truth. Let's hear an example.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Valentin hat schon wieder seine Antwort an den Haaren herbeigezogen. [SLOW] Valentin hat schon wieder seine Antwort an den Haaren herbeigezogen.
Eric: "Valentin replied again with a far-fetched answer."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Valentin hat schon wieder seine Antwort an den Haaren herbeigezogen.
Eric: Okay, what's our next expression?
Jennifer: Etwas aus der Nase ziehen.
Eric: Which literally means "to tear something out from the nose." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "tear answers out of someone."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Etwas aus der Nase ziehen. [NORMAL] Etwas aus der Nase ziehen.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Etwas aus der Nase ziehen.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when someone you are talking to is shy or quiet, and you have to ask a lot questions to get any answer out of them. Let's hear it used in a sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Diesem Schüler muss man jede Antwort aus der Nase ziehen. [SLOW] Diesem Schüler muss man jede Antwort aus der Nase ziehen.
Eric: "You have to tear the answers out of this student."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Diesem Schüler muss man jede Antwort aus der Nase ziehen.
Eric: Okay, what's the last expression?
Jennifer: Auf den Trichter kommen.
Eric: Literally, this means "to come on the funnel." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to get the hang of something."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Auf den Trichter kommen. [NORMAL] Auf den Trichter kommen.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Auf den Trichter kommen.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you start to understand a certain situation or problem. Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Ich komme trotz der vielen Hilfe einfach nicht auf den Trichter. [SLOW] Ich komme trotz der vielen Hilfe einfach nicht auf den Trichter.
Eric: "Despite having lots of help, I just can't get the hang of it."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Ich komme trotz der vielen Hilfe einfach nicht auf den Trichter.
QUIZ
Eric: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I’ll describe four situations, and you choose the right expression to use. Are you ready?
Eric: You’re listening to a story that sounds far-fetched. You suspect that somebody is creating a confusing story to cover up the truth. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Etwas an den Haaren herbeigezogen.
Eric: "far-fetched"
Eric: You have an unexpected idea or solution to a problem. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Etwas aus dem Ärmel schütteln.
Eric: "to pull something out of the bag"
Eric: You start to realize a certain situation or problem. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Auf den Trichter kommen.
Eric: "to get the hang of something"
Eric: You are talking to someone shy so you have to ask many questions to get some answers out of them. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Etwas aus der Nase ziehen.
Eric: "tear answers out of someone"

Outro

Eric: There you have it; you have mastered four German slang expressions! We have more vocab lists available at GermanPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Jennifer: Bis zum nächsten Mal!

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