Category Archives: Word of the day

This section brings you the German word of the day and a round up on how to use it.

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

Word of the Day – “das Mittel”

Hello everyone,

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

das Mittel

And if you’re now like “Hmmm… looks an awful lot like middle. Kind of lame.” then you’re horribly mistaken. On the lame part, I mean.  Yes, Mittel is related to middle, and yes, they do share meaning. But Mittel is defimittly more than .. ahem… mitts the eye. Hahaha. And not only Mittel. The whole family it comes from is actually more than.. ahem..  mitts the…. oh wait. We already had that. What I mean is… we’re definitely in for some cool reveals, so let’s waste no time and jump right into the earth of Mittel. Continue reading

Word of the Day – “die Taste”

tasteHello everyone,

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

die Taste

And I have to say… I’m don’t have degree in seeing but to me Taste looks a LOT like taste. However, most of you probably know that the German word for taste is der Geschmack … or at least you know it’s something with smack or shmack or something.
Die Taste on the other hand means the key. Not in sense of lock, but in sense of buttons. A piano, a computer  keyboard, the new iPhone Press® … they all have Tasten.
Looks like German was dancing again. It has done the twist… haha… or has it? Let’s find out :)

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Prefix Verb Shorts – “Einkommen”

Hello everyone,

and welcome to another episode of our mini series about German Prefix Verbs. Today we’ll look at the meaning of


and this verb is super special because… it has zero meanings. Tadah. Okay, I can’t rule out that it’s part of some regional dialect or that it has some other niche uses but in daily life it means nothing. Case closed. See you next week.
Nah… of course there’s a reason why we’re talking about this. For one thing there’s the noun das Einkommen which does mean income…  but the main reason why einkommen is worth a look is the fact that it’s a really really great example for the whole “prefix verb vs its r-version”-stuff. And if you’re now like “Wait, the what?” then this is for you :). Knowing what an r-version is, and having a feel for what it does what the prefix verbs usually DON’T do is really really helpful… or at least I think it is. So let’s take a look at this.  Continue reading