Summit Up 9-16-11: Your complete guide to helpful German Oktoberfest phrases |

Summit Up 9-16-11: Your complete guide to helpful German Oktoberfest phrases

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Summit Daily/Mark Fox

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s busily practicing our German for the Breckenridge Oktoberfest starting today. Everyone knows “Prost!” means “cheers!” more or less. But what are some of the other helpful German phrases you should know for this event? With the help of our Google translator and our experience with previous years at the Breck O’Fest, we offere these handy bits in Deutsch:

> Holy crap this is a long line for beer! Holy crap das ist eine lange Schlange für Bier!

> Where are the rest rooms? Wo sind die Toiletten?

> I can’t get enough of this Paulaner! Ich kann nicht genug bekommen von diesem Paulaner!

> Hoo lawsy, I feel pretty buzzed! Hoo lawsy Ich fühle mich ziemlich betrunken!

> Where are my pants? Wo sind meine Hosen?

> Are you my mommy? Sind Sie meine Mami?

> If I have one more bratwurst I’m gonna hurl! Wenn ich noch eine Bratwurst habe ich werde erbrechen!

> Where are the hot German girls? These are all dudes! Wo sind die schönen deutschen Mädchen? Diese sind alle dudes!

> These lederhosen are chafing my man parts! Diese Lederhosen sind Scheuern mein Mann Teile!

> Excuse me friend but you’ve got some sauerkraut stuck in your hair! Excuse me Freund, aber du hast einige Sauerkraut in die Haare stecken!

> Help police! I’ve been knocked unconscious by a knockwurst! Hilfe Polizei! Ich habe bewusstlos von einer Knackwurst! (> But I’m feeling better now! Aber ich bin besseres Gefühl jetzt!)

> I have a thing for women in dirndls. Ich habe eine Sache für die Frauen im Dirndl

> Dirndls are proof there is a god: Dirndl sind ein Beweis dafür gibt es einen Gott

Would you be embarrassed if I ordered the wienerschnitzel? Wäre es Ihnen peinlich, wenn ich das Wienerschnitzel bestellt werden?

Wow, this is fun – we could do this all day! But we should move on …


Here’s an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! going out to the folks up at the Henderson Mill. Jeanine Shunk-Bakke writes thusly:

“I am writing this in regards to the bike/vehicle accident that happened this past Saturday. I was fourth person on scene, I am an emergency room nurse and was able to assist with his care. But when I got there, staff from the mill was assisting with his care and they had brought down medical supplies to help with his care. Splints, bandage, oxygen.”

Thanks for the heads-up, Jeanine.


So recently someone sent us a bamboo water bottle to test out. Aptly named the Bamboo Bottle, it’s a 17-oz. glass water bottle with a sorta bamboo outer dealio. After trying it out for a week or so we have to say we rather like it – even if it’s a little on the big side. These are $25 and available online at

Speaking of water bottles, one mysteriously appeared on our desk recently. It’s a pretty nice Nalgene with the name Max Miller written on it.

We’re not sure how or why we wound up with it but we’ve got it here for you, Max, if you want to pop by and grab it!

Folks, it’s Friday – prost!

Wir sind von hier.

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