The Berlin dialect is something very special. An important tip for new Berliners is not to try to speak it yourself. It will always sound funny and disturb Berliners. The people of the capital are known for their “Berlin snout,” a saying that is often used in various situations. Although it can be taken as a slight, it’s usually said casually and should not be taken too seriously; it’s just their way of speaking freely. That means they don’t mince words and get straight to the point.
In time, you will become accustomed to it and be able to correctly categorize it.
Here, the most significant proverbs and terms will be enumerated:
Icke stands for I, for example, that you should know as a tourist or expat.
Dit is mir schnurz piepe! means that the matter is not important to the person. Nu aba ran an de Buletten! stands for the fact that one really has to tackle something now.
Dit find ich Knorke means I think that’s great!
Pass ma uff Keule! In Berlin, Keule stands for brother or buddy – “Pass ma uff Keule” means something like “Watch out” or “Listen up, friend”. Note that the warning is not intended to be overly friendly; make sure you take heed.
Keene Haare uff’m Kopp, aba ‘n Kamm inner Tasche! No hair on your head, but a comb in your pocket! This phrase from Berlin jargon is perfect to describe a fake person, an imposter or someone who likes to boast.