Word of the Day – “winken”

winken-meaningHello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time we’ll have a look at the meaning of


Winken looks a lot like to wink. But that’s deceiving as this old Goethe** poem tells us.

Under the tree, I sit,
and I think:
“Winken” and “to wink”

are like red and pink.
(**: poem might not have been written by Goethe;
Goethe might have actually hated it)

What the poem is trying to tell us is this: red and pink are somewhat similar colors. Yet, a red shirt and a pink shirt are TOTALLY different things… fashion-wise. Trust me. I’m an expert.
And it’s the same with winken and to wink. They have similar ideas and yet they are completely different things translation-wise. So, today we’ll find out what winken is why it is so similar to to wink. And that’s not all. Winken comes of course complete with a bunch of prefix versions and as if that isn’t enough already there are some cool, useful related words in family. Curious yet? Moderately? Well, that’s curious enough. In we dive :) Continue reading

Listen to German 4 – “Gehört ist nicht gesehen”

listening-gehoert-gesehenHello everyone,

and welcome to another round of

Listening Comprehension

Today’s story is again one of those lovely little folk tales from East Frisia, an area at the coast of the North Sea.
This time it’s about a little town  and their new Amtsrichter. And to find out what exactly that is we’ll do a quick peek into history :) Continue reading

Word of the Day – ” steigen”

steigen-meaning-germanHello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. But first, let me say a big big DANKE to the people who have donated recently. You are awesome!
And if you haven’t donated yet, me and my dog will try to guild trip you into it later ;).
But first let’s learn some serious German by looking at the meaning of


Steigen is one of these verbs that kind of flies below the radar of many students even thoug it is a super useful word that you can hear or see every day. And not only steigen itself. There are several cool prefix versions, some funky differences between these versions, some annoying things about translating them to English and there are also one or two or three or four or five surprising family members. So we definitely have enough to talk about, and I’d say let’s get on board of the Steigen-Express… “Einsteigen bitte”,  doors are closing, and off we go :). Continue reading

Prefix Verbs Explained – “abheben”

abheben-prefix-verbHello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of German Prefix Verb Explained. Which used to be Prefix Verb Shorts but now it’s Prefix Verbs Explained. Because … they’re not all that short but they are very explained…. wait, does that even make sense? Meh anyways, today we’ll look at the meaning of


and abheben kicks ass because not only will it make your German take off, it’ll also get you freaking cash! Isn’t that amazing? No,  it is UH-FREAKING-MAY-ZINGS!! I can’t even believe how awesome this verb is. I’m super hyper excited right now. Wait… I think that was actually the coffee talking. But abheben is really cool let’s get right to it, shall we? Continue reading

Sentence Structure Work Out 2

sentence-structure-verb-undHello everyone,

and welcome to your little doze off German.. oh… I mean dose of German. Two weeks ago we did a little exercise for sentence structure and so we’ll do it again today. Yeaaaay. And if you’re now like “What… again? Can’t we rather do words or grammar?” then let me tell you to shut up. Oh… I meant: don’t worry. We won’t do work out all the time. I just want to do this one now because that’s how we roll. Haters gonna hate.
Seriously though, many of you enjoyed the sentence structure work out and I think we’ll make that into a regular thing here. Do a little session every once in a while, each time with a different focus and a bit of info around it. Topics like relative clauses, or danach or bevor or indirect speech or…  common mistakes. Which is what we’ll focus on today.
Many of you tried out examples in the comments last time and the great thing about that is that we can find common mistakes that way. And then we can talk about them, clear up the confusion and do some more examples. Give those muscles a little extra work out, if you will. So are you ready to step on the Structurator® and get sweaty? Great :).  Continue reading