Archive for Word of the day

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


Below, you can find the list with snippets.



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

anmachen

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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

Word of the Day – “der Hammer”

hammer-meaningHello everyone,

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

der Hammer

Hammer is a comestible. It’s usually made from porc and it’s either dried, smoked or wet cured. So basically it’s like ham just … hammer.
Wow.  “Like ham, just hammer”?!
That must have been one of the unfunniest jokes ever. Oh boy, so much for my new years resolution of making better jokes. But hey… it can only go uphill from here. Or can it.
Anyway… of course, der Hammer is the exact same thing as the English hammer, the tool to put in nails. What you might not know though is just how much Germans like the word. Continue reading

Prefix Verbs Explained – “ausgehen”

ausgehen-rausgehen-meaningHello everyone,

and welcome to a new episode of our series about German prefix verbs – this time with a look at the meaning of

ausgehen

Just like Engish out  the German aus has the following two somewhat independent core ideas: outside-ness and off-ness. Today, we’ll see both of them in action and we’ll actually see that they’re not all that far apart.
Let’s start with the idea of off-nessAusgehen with the off-aus is the German verb for to turn off.  Well, we should say to turn off by itself because ausgehen does NOT work for you turning off something.  Continue reading