Ben walked into the room and her heart skipped a beat.
Ben betrat das Schlafzimmer und sie wurde überrascht.
How do you say "your heart skips a beat" in German? Can I use "überraschen" in this context?
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Since the literal translation is not common in German you should search for other idioms that would fit better depending on context, like one of these:
"Ihr stockte der Atem" (surprised/shocked)
"Ihr blieb der Atem weg" (surprised/awed)
"Ihr schlug das Herz bis zum Hals" (nervous/scared)
"Ihr fiel das Herz in die Hose" (surprised/terrified)
"Ihr Herz schlug höher" (excited/adrenaline-rushed)
Ben trat ins Zimmer und ihr Herzschlag setzte für einen Moment aus.
Für einen Moment would emphasize the temporary nature of her surprise – in fact she might have been shocked that much that her heart would not start to beat again.
However, the difference to Michael's answer is very subtle and most readers / listeners would understand it in the same way.
I would not use überraschen in this context; I think it is not strong enough. You might opt for other idiomatic expressions:
which aren't as close to the original, though.