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

Review of the Day – Video Grammar Course for Beginners

Hello everyone,

the new year has just begun and everyone is still adamant about their new years resolutions. And one of the most common resolutions besides working out more, less drinking and inventing time travel (that’s one of mine. This year’s the year, I feel it) is learning a new language. And one of the most commonest new languages is German.
Wow… my writing really sucks this year.
Anyway, Kerstin Cable, a fellow language blogger, language learner, teacher and author of two books, has created a video course about German grammar for people who, for some crazy reason, have decided that they want to start learning German. Today, we’ll take a look at it and find out if it’s just what you need or if it’s just kind there. So are you ready to find out? Great Continue reading

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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.
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Before you dive into vocab and cases and word order, there are a few basics you need to have.
Start with the pronouns here.
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Unicorn Watch Newsflash (!! Important !!)

happynewyearHey everyone,

so Christmas is over and for me it was fun. In a weird kinda way. Some of my colleagues were driving me crazy and then some web hosting issues were driving me crazy, a rodent was driving a colleague crazy, then the colleagues me once again and then the hosting issues again.  Hmm… maybe it was more the Elder Fashioned cocktails and I had last night that made in fun :).
Seriously though, the year is coming to a close and I just wanted to say thank you to you all. This blog got 4 years old a couple of weeks ago and the last year was the most amazingest so far and it’s all because of you because without you I wouldn’t be doing this.
So, danke for all your comments and questions.
Danke for all your donations. They really help a lot. (oh… Guenther Muth, I don’t even know what to say).
Danke for putting up with all my dumb jokes and bad puns.
And last but not least danke for putting up with German, one of the clunkiest and least sexy languages in the world. Seriously, dirty talk in German just doesn’t work.

All this is really motivating and I have some really cool things planned for next year.
For example, shorter but morer articles… I mean, more. Don’t worry, nerds – looooooong articles will always have their place here. But they’re hard to write and I’m sure hard to digest and German is not only easy… it is also FUN. You hear me. It is fun! So next year, we’ll do that justice with short, fun posts about cool random words, slang terms, but also idiomatic sayings and  stuff like that.

And it’s not only the content. The website will get a little face-lift and a better navigation. A proper search and a category system that actually makes sense will do their utmost to help you navigate and find the content you want to read … wow, that sounds like marketing babble.
I’ll also try to reduce the number of typos on the site and trim some fat here and there. Not on me though, since I have this perfect beach body right here.
Wait… that’s not what I meant to show you. Don’t click th.. oh damn… too late.
Anyways, I also want to include a “too long, didn’t read”-section to the posts. So yeah… finally you can skip everything!!!! Hooray :).

Then there will be the book that’ll ease your prefix pain, we’ll do some reviews with cool giveaways for you and  of course I’ll finally do the long awaited video tutorials on horse grooming.
Oh, and better jokes.

So there’s a lot to  look forward to and I hope you to see you next year.
Bis dahin…

Guten Rutsch :)

(literally, it means “have a great slide” and it is what Germans say to
each other before new years in order to with a great transition into
the new year.)

Oh… and now I almost forgot the important thing:

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I will be moving the site to WordPress.org.  For the people who are following this blog using their WordPress.com account this has one important repercussion. You will still see my new posts in your reader BUT

YOU WILL NOT GET AN EMAIL ANYMORE!!

This is not ideal but there’s nothing I can do to change that, so if you want to get an email notification whenever I post something, you have to sign up anew as an email follower. There will be a huge form for that on the site once I’ve moved.
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A Christmas Story – “Das Weihnachtsgeschenk”

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The 24th! Hooray. Of course there is a special surprise in the calendar:

a Christmas story. Continue reading

Prefix Advent Calendar – 23

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Christmas, the time of presents, love … and intense family fights.
Today’s word is for the day after :)

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 (sich) versöhnen (mit)

This word is kind of cute. The core is der Sohn (the son). And with the change-ver the literal translation is something like „to en-son oneself“.
Now, when Darth Vader told Luke what’s up in part two, he didn’t want to accept it. But at the end of part 3 they made peace with each other. They reconciled. And that’s versöhnen. And it works even between mother and daughter.
Note that you always have to versöhnen someone, either yourself or someone else. You need a direct object.
die Versöhnung – the reconciliation
versöhnlich  – placable (rare) 

  • Luke und Darth Vader haben sich wieder versöhnt.
  • Luke and Darth Vader made peace with each other
  • Thomas und Maria hatten Versöhnungssex.
  • Thomas and Maria had conciliatory intercourse…. or simply make up sex. 

One day till Christmas so unless you have a really burning question, no grammar questions please :)