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

German Work Out – Sentence Structure

Hallo ihr alle,

wie geht’s euch? Alles gut? Ich habe eine kleine Frage … oder eine Idee…. sie heißt:


Hah… you’re face tells me that you probably understood that :). Hausaufgaben…. boooooooh.
But it’s really just the word that has this negative spin. Homework is a good thing because if we want to learn a language, we need to practice. So… we’re already doing some listening every once in a while but I was thinking maybe it would be cool to have more exercises, you know, to get our German in shape and sexy. Wait, can German be sexy? Meh, anyways, so today I have a little exercise for the core…

the sentence structure 

I really like this exercise and I used to do that kind of exercise a lot myself which is why I have these killer abs today. But seriously… I think it’s a good way to get less intimidated and confused when it comes to making these loooooog sentences German is so famous for.
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Listen to German 3 – “der Hering”

listening-der-heringHello everyone,

and welcome to your (hopefully) favorite German blog. And today it’s more of a podcast because it’s time for a bit of listening comprehension again. Yeeeeaaaay.
Today’s story is about a fish served with a side of wisdom… and fried potatoes.
So let’s waste no time and train our hearing with some herring :).

The language is nothing too crazy… hold on, let me rephrase that… considering it’s German the language is nothing too crazy but there are a few specific words and phrasings that I think might be useful in advance… so here they are: 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