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There’s lots to explore and learn! In the Word of the Day section you can find lots and lots of useful words, all explained with tons of examples.
If you feel more like grammar… in the course section you can find explanations on stuff like cases, adjective endings or word order.
And if you want to practice a but, check out the Work Out section. There, you can find listening exercises and some other stuff.
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Start with the pronouns here.
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Word of the Day – “der Staub”

staub-meaningHello everyone,

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

der Staub

and we don’t have to look very far to find it. Actually, I’m looking at it right now because it’s on my screen. But we can find it anywhere… on our books, on our shelves, under our beds, on our plants, even on our pizza. At least I had some on mine. I’m a slow eater, I guess. Or maybe it’s just time to vacuum again. Anyway, Staub is all around us and no, it’s not love. Continue reading

Prefix Verbs Explained – “übergehen”

uebergehen-meaningHello everyone,

and welcome to another epic-sode of the epic series about German Prefix Verbs. What’s so epic about it?
Well, this is you speaking German without knowing about prefix verbs, and
this is you is you after you mastered them. Yeah. Can’t wait. So let’s get right to it and have a look at the meaning of


Many prefixes have two quite distinct notions.  Über, the German version of over,  is easy on us in that it has only one. Or one and a half. It can express above-ness and across-ness and when you think about they’re closely connected. Across usually involves above. Just think of crossing a bride. You can’t do that when you’re under it.  And speaking of crossing a bridge… we could also say going over a bridge. Hmmmm. Could that already be the meaning of übergehen???
Of course it is…
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False Friends Explained – “irritieren vs. irritate”

irritating-irritierend-falsHello everyone,

and welcome to another eposide of False Friends Explained. In these posts we look at a pair of false friends and see why they are false, what to use instead and of course … who screwed up, English or German.
Today we’ll look at

irritieren vs irritate

And this pair is actually dangerous. Because it can lead to a serious misunderstanding, particularly on the English speaking side. Here’s an example… Continue reading

Word of the Day – “umständlich”

umstandlich-meaningHello everyone,

and welcome to a word that is part of the German language, and to which, although it is not connected to this very day, or any day in particular, we, if only for the sake of tradition, assign the predicate “of the day”.
And if you’re now like “What the hell was that?”  – wonder no more, for today we’ll look at the meaning of


If you need an example for what umständlich is, German grammar has you covered. Continue reading

Prefix Verbs Explained – “anmachen”

anmachen-meaningsHello everyone,

and welcome to another episode of German Prefix Verbs Explained. And wow, is today’s word useful. It can help you when it’s dark, it can help you when you’re single and it can help you if you want to eat a nice, tasty salad. Oh but you need to be careful, because it can also get you in trouble.
Now you’re like… “Wow, that’s broad, even for German prefix verb. What is that mystery verb?”
Well, ladies and gentlemen,  get  ready for a look at


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Word of the Day – “der Zweck”

zweck-meaningHello everyone,

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

der Zweck

Back in the 8th century a Zweck was something like a small nail or pin.  to be a small nail and in the 14th century is was especially often used in context of fixing your target on a tree or a wall for archery training. Not everybody was a good shot. One king in particular had a really bad aim. And so one day, at target practice, this happened: Continue reading